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Rachel Palmer
Rachel Palmer
Height: 5-4
Year: So.-1L
Hometown: Bucklands Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
High School: Macleans
Position: Swimming
Events: Backstroke, Individual Medley, Butterfly

Academic Notes: Majoring in health sciences-community health...WAC All-Academic selection for 2010-11...Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete award recipient for 2010-11.

2010-11 (Freshman): Earned All-WAC second team honors in the 400 IM and the 200 backstroke at the WAC Championships...Finished sixth in the 400 IM with a team season best time of 4:26.34...Finished seventh in the 200 back with a season best time of 2:01.48...Posted a 12th place finish in the 200 IM with a prelim time of 2:05.67 to advance to the B Final...Also was member of the 200 medley relay team that finished seventh with a team season best time of 1:43.92...Won 200 medley relay vs New Mexico State...Season best time of 54.61 in the 100 free and 2:09.29 in the 200 fly vs ASU/Oregon State...Season best time of 58.92 in the 100 fly vs New Mexico State.

High School: Graduate of Macleans College in Auckland, New Zealand … National gold medal in the 200 butterfly at the New Zealand Open Championships in 2009 … Posted three other top three finishes at the NZ Open Championships that year … Won first ever national gold medal in the 400 individual medley in 2008 … Posted six top three finishes at the National Spring Competition in 2008 … Holds Counties Manukau (regional) records in 50, 100, and 200 butterfly, 100, 200, and 400 individual medley, and 100 and 200 backstroke … Part of New Zealand Youth Olympic Team.

Personal: Rachel Elizabeth Palmer was born March 9, 1991 in Christchurch, New Zealand … Daughter of Andrew and Chris Palmer … One brother, Harrison, and one sister, Kirsten … Enjoys shopping, movies, watching sports, and eating.