|Hometown:||Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia|
|High School:||Hill Sports|
Academic Notes: Health sciences major … Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award recipient as a freshman.
2009-10 (Freshman): Won two individual goal medals at the 2010 WAC Championships … Set NCAA "B" standard qualifying times in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke at the championship meet … Became first multiple winner for NAU at a championship meet since Emily Simon in 2004 … Won silver medal in the 400 medley relay … Earned two All-WAC first team selections … Two All-WAC second team honors … Named Mid Major All-America by CollegeSwimming.com … Led team with two Verizon Wireless WAC Swimmer of the Week awards … Set Wall Aquatic Center pool records in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstrokes … Had 11 individual first place finishes and four first place finishes on relays in dual meets.
Attended The Hills Sports High School in Seven Hills, New South
Wales, Australia…Swam club for Port Macquarie Swim
Club...Qualifier for the 2008 Olympic Trials…Semifinalist at
Olympic Trials in 2008…Semifinalist at the 2007 and 2009
World Championship Trials…National short course finalist in
2008…Backstroke specialist who holds Australia Schools
Championship records in the 17 and over 50 and 100 meter backstroke
events…Represented state at Pacific School Games…Team
captain for the state school swimming team final two years.
Personal Info: Born on March 9, 1990 in Dorrigo, NSW, Australia…Parents Lyn and Matthew Connell reside in Megan, NSW, Australia … Has two sisters, Stacey and Lisa … One brother, Scott ... Admires her parents, “who have sacrificed so much to give me all the opportunities I have had.”