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Year: Senior
City/State: Chapel Hill, N.C.
High School: Chapel Hill


Career: Named to ACC Academic Honor Roll all four years.

Honors: ACC Academic Honor Roll (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

2015-16: Went a career best 2:09.33 in the preliminaries of the 200 backstroke at the Carolina College Invitational … Also finished eighth in the 100 backstroke at the same meet. 

2014-15: Turned in a career-best 100 backstroke time of 57.45 at the Nike Cup Invitational … Advanced to D finals in 100 and 200 backstroke at that meet. 

2013-14: Concluded her sophomore season with a pair of best times in the 100 (59.68) and the 200 backstroke (2:09.78) at the Cavalier Invitational ... Placed 21st in the 200 backstroke finals at the Nike Cup Invitational (2:10.12).

2012-13: Qualified for four finals events at the Tennessee Invitational, with her best showing coming in an 11th-place finish in the 400 IM ... Notched a best time of 2:09.93 in the 200 backstroke at the Cavalier Invite.

Prior to Duke: Lettered four years at Chapel Hill High School ... Named her conference’s swimmer of the year as a senior ... Earned all-conference recognition as a junior ... Academic All-American as a senior ... Also tabbed team captain and MVP her final season ... Runner-up at the Trinidad International Open Water Championships as a freshman ... Member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society ... AP Scholar with Honor.

Personal: Born Alexa Jade Mendes on June 15, 1994 in Miami, Fla. ... Daughter of Bobby and Nicole Mendes ... Has two brothers, Jesse and Bryce ... Brother, Jesse, was a distance freestyle specialist at North Carolina (2008-12) and co-captained the Tar Heels during the 2011-12 season ... Brother, Bryce, was a distance freestyler at North Carolina (2011-14) ... Majoring in public policy studies.

Mendes Career Bests:

500 Free 5:20.09
1,000 Free 10:53.22
1,650 Free 17:52.23
100 Back 57.45
200 Back 2:09.33
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