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Rachel Palmer
Rachel Palmer
Height: 5-4
Year: Jr.-2L
Hometown: Bucklands Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
High School: Macleans
Position: Swimming
Events: Individual Medley, Butterfly, Backstroke

Academic Notes: Majoring in health sciences-public health with a minor in psychology...Two time WAC All-Academic selection...Two time Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete award recipient.

Career Notes: School record holder in 200 Butterfly (1:58.82) and 400 Individual Medley (4:18.46)...Part of school records in 200 Medley Relay (1:41.93) and 400 Medley Relay (3:41.74)...Has also recorded top-five times in program history in 200 Backstroke (2:01.48) and 200 Individual Medley (2:02.67).

2011-12 (Sophomore): CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-American...Named NAU Female Athlete of the Year...Totaled three gold medals with three All-WAC first team honors and one second team honor at WAC Championship...Won the 200 Fly with a school record and NCAA B time of 1:58.82...Won the 400 IM with a school record and NCAA B time of 4:18.46...Swam the second leg of the 800 Free Relay team that won the first WAC relay title in program history with an NCAA B time of 7:18.76...Swam the third leg of the 400 Medley Relay team that finished second with a school record and NCAA B time of 3:41.74 and swam the third leg of the 200 Medley Relay team that finished third with a school record and NCAA B time of 1:41.93...Also placed fourth in the 200 IM in 2:02.67, the third fastest time in program history, and swam the third leg in the 200 Free Relay...Named Verizon WAC Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 14...Won 11 individual titles and three relay titles during the regular season. 

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.