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Afton Pickett
Afton Pickett


Monroe, Mich.

High School:
Monroe '05

Backstroke, IM, Freestyle



Senior (2008-09): Scored at the Pacific-10 Championship and set WSU records with a first-place finish in the C Final (17th overall) in the 200 back with a time of 1:57.12, a NCAA "B" Consideration time, as well as with her 100 back lead-off performance in the 400 medley relay (54.77)...also set WSU records and earned NCAA "B" Consideration times as a the lead-off of the seventh-place 400 medley relay (3:38.08) and fifth-place 200 medley relay (1:40.22) teams...also scored at the Pac-10 Championship with a sixth-place finish in the C Final (22nd overall) in the 100 back (55.66)...moved into third-place on the Cougar all-time top 10 list in the 200 IM with 32nd overall finish at Pac-10s (2:03.50)...placed second in the B Consolation (18th overall) of the 100 back (57.01) at the USA Swimming Southern California Grand Prix and led-off for the first-place 400 medley relay team (3:45.73)...placed seventh in the B Final (15th overall) in the 100 back (55.70) at the Texas Invitational...named Pacific-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

Junior (2007-08): Earned NCAA "B" Standard times in the 100 backstroke (55.49), 200 backstroke (2:00.61) and as a member of the 400 medley relay...set the WSU record with the 400 medley relay squad...moved up to second in the 100 and 200 backstrokes on the Cougar all-time top 10 list...scored in the A consolation heats of the 100 and 200 backstrokes at the Pac-10 Championships...also scored at the championships with the 400 medley relay...earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

Sophomore (2006-07): Member of 4x100 medley relay team that finished second overall at U.S. Spring National Championships...scored and set WSU record as part of the Cougar "A" 400 medley relay team at the Pac-10 Championships...also participated on the WSU "B" 200 medley relay squad...swam the 200 backstroke in a season best time of 2:03.14 at the Pac-10 Championships...finished in first place in three individual races in dual meets this season...placed second in the 100 backstroke with a season best time of 57.89 against Washington Nov. 10...earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

Freshman (2005-06): Placed 15th in the 200 backstroke and 16th in the 100 backstroke at the Pac-10 Championships and scored as part of the 200 and 400 medley relay squads...clocked in at 2:01.17 to take first place in the 200 backstroke at the Minnesota Invitational, placing her second in the WSU record books...finished third with a time of 56.67 in the 100 backstroke at the same meet and sits second all time in that category...took first place in the 200 backstroke at the Florida International Invitational...helped lead 300 backstroke relay team to a second place finish and the 400 medley relay team to a first place finish at the Golden Panther Invitational...set a lifetime best time of 2:06.44 in the 200 IM at the Pacific-10 Championships meet, placing her fourth on the WSU all-time top 10 list...NCAA "B" consideration time in 200 backstroke.

Earned seven varsity letters at Monroe high...four in swimming for coach Norma Balough and three in synchronized swimming for coach Nancy Schlosser... Freshman year, named to Michigan Mega All-Conference team and placed 11th at state in the 100 backstroke...named Freshman of the Year...named to All-State and All-American teams as a Sophomore...set MHS record in 100 backstroke...member of fifth place state team...named team MVP in synchronized a Junior, repeated all-state and All-American honors in the 200 medley relay, 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle relay...won state in 200 medley placed third overall...Senior year, named Trojans MVP and team captain...named to all-conference swim team fourth year in a row...All-State in 100 backstroke (placed second) and 200 individual medley (placed third)...swam for Coach Louis Balough on the Southern Michigan Aquatic Club...state champion in 800 free relay in 2002 and 200 backstroke in 2003...participated in regional select swimming camp at the University of Tennessee in 2004...high point champion at the LCM state meet in 2004.

Born in Wayne, Mich....age 21...father Kenneth is an engineer...younger sister Kirstin dives for New Mexico State University...enjoys reading, movies and spending time with friends...three year National Honor Society and Spanish Club member...Michigan Merit Award Winner...biological engineering major.


EVENT	         TIME	MEET	                  DATE
 50 Freestyle	25.20	Pacific Invitational	10/18/08
200 Freestyle	1:56.61	Pacific Invitational	10/18/08
100 Backstroke	54.77	Pac-10 Championships	02/27/09
200 Backstroke	1:57.12	Pac-10 Championships	02/28/09
100 Breaststroke	1:06.18 	Princeton Invitational	11/30/07
200 Breaststroke	2:25.80	Pac-10 Championships	01/20/06
200 IM	         2:03.50	Pac-10 Championships	02/26/09
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