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Duke Swimming & Diving BIO
 Catherine Conklin

Honors: ACC Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2011, 2012)

2011-12: Concluded her career at Duke in strong fashion, turning in several personal-best swims at the 2012 ACC Championships ... notched personal-best times of 25.56 in the 50 free prelims and 55.24 in the 100 free prelims ... took 39th in the prelims of the 100 back while touching the wall in a personal-best 1:00.82 ... recorded a 57.16 split to help the 400 free relay take third against reigning ACC champion Virginia ... swam in the preliminaries of the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back at the Nike Cup Invitational, finishing 35th in both the 50 and 100 free ... also competed on the Blue Devils' 800 free relay that finished 14th (7:47.77) at the Nike Cup Invitational ... earned a spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2010-11: Closed the season with a pair of personal-best performances at the College Cup ... recorded a time of 26.33 in the 50 free ... also clocked 1:02.52 in the 100 back ... notched a personal-best 57.98 in the 100 free against Virginia ... posted a 58.13 split to help the 400 free relay take sixth against South Carolina and Queens ... named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2009-10: Competed in six events on the year ... season-best time was 57.66 in the 100-meter free against UNC Wilmington in the season home-opener ... helped guide the 400 free relay to a seventh-place showing against Houston and Georgia Tech (3:49.16).

2008-09: In her first collegiate meet, swam the 100-meter backstroke against UNC Wilmington in a time of 1:03.43 ... registered a season-best 1:03.29 in the 100 back in the season finale against Clemson ... called upon to swim the 500 free twice over the course of the season, responding with a 5:25.45 against UNC Wilmington and a 5:21.87 against Campbell and Miami ... swam the 200 free twice, posting a 2:03.16 against Campbell and Miami and a career-best 2:00.84 against Virginia ... contributed on the 200 and 400 medley relays ... named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Prep: Three-year letterwinner at New Trier Township ... team captain as a senior ... state qualifier alternate as a sophomore, junior and senior ... sectional qualifier in the 100 backstroke as a junior ... JV champion in the 50 free as a freshman ... second-team statewide as a senior ... third team statewide as a sophomore and junior ... swam with New Trier Swim Club from age 7-18 ... sectional qualifier in the 100 back and 500 free ... Academic All-American for the 2007-08 school year ... Illinois State Scholar in 2008.

Personal: Born Catherine Wilson Conklin on Apr. 26, 1990 in Evanston, Ill. ... daughter of Jeff and Teri Conklin ... has one sister, Caroline, who also swims at Duke ... mother ('82) and father ('81) both swam at Duke ... godmother Nancy Hogshead also swam at Duke ... other relatives who have graduated from Duke include uncle, Greg Changnon ('85), and aunt, Pola Ayllon ('85) ... majoring in economics ... favorite athlete is Olympian Aaron Peirsol.


Duke Career Bests:
50 Free: 25.56 (2/16/2012)
100 Free: 55.24 (2/18/2012)
200 Free: 2:00.84 (1/25/2009)
500 Free: 5:21.87 (10/25/2008)
100 Back: 1:00.82 (2/17/2012)

Position: Back/Free
Year: Senior
City/State: Kenilworth, Ill.
High School: New Trier Township
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