Fi Connell
Fi Connell
Height: 5-10
Year: Sr.-3L
Hometown: Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
High School: Hills Sports
Position: Swimming
Events: Backstroke, Individual Medley

Academic Notes: Majoring in psychology with a minor in health education…Two time WAC All-Academic selection...Three time Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

Career Notes: Three time Mid-Major All-American...School record holder in 100 Back (1:02.77), 200 Back (1:56.56), and 200 IM (2:01.29)...Part of school record 200 medley relay (1:41.93) and 400 medley relay (3:41.74)...Has also recorded the third fastest time in program history in 50 Free (23.60).

2011-12 (Junior): Mid-Major All-American...Won two gold medals and one silver and earned three All-WAC first team honors and one second place honor at WAC Championship...Won the 200 IM with a school record and NCAA B time of 2:01.29 and won the 200 Back with a school record and NCAA B time of 1:56.56...Placed second in the 100 Back with an NCAA B time of 54.45...Swam the first leg of the 400 medley relay team that finished second with a school record and NCAA B time of 3:41.4 and swam the first leg of the 200 medley relay team that finished third with a school record and NCAA B time of 1:41.93...Also swam in 200 and 400 free relays...Lead split in the 200 free relay of 23.60 was the third fastest 50 free time in program history...Won 10 individual titles and three relay titles during the regular season with four second place finishes.

2010-11 (Sophomore): Mid-Major All-American...Won a gold medal in the 200 backstroke, a silver medal in the 100 backstroke, and a bronze medal in the 200 Individual Medley at the WAC Championships...Times of 1:57.05 in the 200 back and 54.09 in the 100 back on the lead leg of the 400 medley relay broke NAU school records and set NCAA "B" standard qualifying marks...Time of 2:03.05 in the 200 IM set personal record and was team high score for the season...Earned three All-WAC first team honors...Posted six fastest season times in the 100 back on the team, two fastest times in both 200 back and 200 IM...Also part of NAU medley relay teams that finished fourth in the 400 and seventh in the 200 at WAC Championships...Member of team-best 200 and 400 medley relays times during the season...Had eight individual first place finishes during the regular season. 

2009-10 (Freshman): Mid-Major All-American...Won two individual gold 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 …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.

High School: 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: Fiona Connell was born March 9, 1990 in Dorrigo, NSW, Australia…Daughter of Lyn and Matthew Connell…Two sisters, Stacey and Lisa, and one brother, Scott ... Admires her parents, “who have sacrificed so much to give me all the opportunities I have had.”