Honors: ACC Academic Honor Roll (2016, 2017)
2016-17: Finished 11th in the 200 butterfly and earned an 18th-place showing in the 100 butterfly at the ACC Championships ... Won the 200 butterfly against fourth-ranked NC State (10/29) ... Finished second in the same event while also reaching the 100 butterfly ‘A' final at the NC State GAC Invite ... Rounded out the season with NCAA provisional standards in the 100 and 200 butterfly ... Notched Duke's fastest 200 butterfly mark of the season with a 1:56.61 clocking at the GAC Invite.
2015-16: Invited to compete in the 100 and 200 butterfly at NCAAs for the second-straight year ... Earned a top-25 finish in the preliminaries of the 200 butterfly ... Broke her own school record in the 200 butterfly championship final at the ACC Championship ... Tapped the wall at 1:56.04 for fourth in the conference ... Also placed 12th at the 100-yard distance in a personal-best time of 53.41 ... Won the 200 butterfly five times during the regular season, including in the regular season finale against North Carolina (1/30) and at the Nike Cup Invitational ... Helped guide Duke's 200 medley relay to a win at South Carolina (1/8) ... Swept both butterfly events in the season opener against Pitt (10/3).
2014-15: NCAA qualifier as a freshman … Represented the Blue Devils in the 100 and 200 butterfly at the national meet … Broke the 200 butterfly program record with a 1:56.92 swim at the Bulldog Last Chance Meet (3/1) … Took ninth in the same event at the ACC Championship … Also scored for the Blue Devils in the consolation final of the 100 butterfly … Her 100 butterfly preliminary clocking of 53.97 ranked fifth on the program's all-time chart … Led off Duke's 800 freestyle relay that broke the program record at 7:17.43 … Her leadoff split of 1:49.24 was the fifth-fastest 200 freestyle time in school history … Edged a strong field to win the 200 butterfly at the Nike Cup Invitational, touching at 1:57.58 in the final … Was also fifth in the 100 butterfly at that meet … Swept the butterfly events twice during the regular season – in her collegiate debut against Pittsburgh (10/11) and against Harvard and South Carolina (1/10) … Won the 500 freestyle twice, including at Georgia Tech (1/17) … Set the 200 butterfly facility record at Old Dominion (11/8) … Advanced to the 200 butterfly consolation final at the 2014 AT&T Winter National Championships … Over the summer, finished sixth in the 200-meter butterfly championship final at the 2015 Pan American Games … Also won the 100-meter butterfly consolation final while swimming for Venezuela … Went on to represent Venezuela at the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Kazan, Russia, competing in the 100-meter butterfly preliminaries.
Prior to Duke: Competed in the 2010 Junior Worlds in Peru as a member of the Venezuelan National team, placing 16th in the 200 butterfly ... Also competed at 2014 South American Games, taking second in the same event ... 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, 2013 World Championship Trials and Summer and Winter Junior Nationals qualifier … Took third in the 200 butterfly at 2014 Speedo Junior Nationals ... Also qualified for 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships ... Four-year letterwinner for Maria Omana at Doral Senior High School in Doral, Fla. … Claimed district, regional and state titles in the 100 butterfly as a senior … District and regional champion in 100 butterfly and 200 IM as a junior … Four-year All-Dade Miami Herald athlete ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born Isabella Mercedes Paez on Aug. 29, 1995 in Caracas, Venezuela … Daughter of Carlos Paez and Alexandra Cobo … Has one older brother, Eduardo.
Paez Career Bests:
|200 Free||1:49.24||8th all-time at Duke|
|100 Fly||53.41||7th all-time at Duke|
|200 Fly||1:56.04||Duke record|
At the NCAA Championships:
|2015||32nd, 200 Fly (1:57.37)
49th, 100 Fly (53.62)
|2016||25th, 200 Fly (1:56.75)
46th, 100 Fly (53.78
At the ACC Championships:
|2015||7th, 800 Free Relay (7:17.43)
9th, 200 Fly (1:57.39)
16th, 100 Fly (54.17)
|2016||4th, 200 Fly (1:56.04)
12th, 100 Fly (53.41)
|2017||11th, 200 Fly (1:57.51)
18th, 100 Fly (53.47)