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Maria Papadopoulou Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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Personal Best 100y fly............ 54.46 200y fly............ 2:00.80

YEAR-BY-YEAR (2001): Placed third overall in the 100 fly at the Mediterranean Games... Participated in the "Games of the Small States of Europe" which took place in San Marino... 2000: Participated in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney representing the Cyprus National Team... At the 2000 Balcan Games won the 50m and the 100m fly, placed third in the 200m fly.

JUNIOR (2000-2001): At the 2001 NCAA Championships, participated in the 100y and 200y butterfly... At the 2001 Pac-10 Championships, placed 10th in both the 200y butterfly (2:00.80) and the 100y butterfly (55.11)... Swam the 200y medley relay finishing in a time of 1:43.41... Competed in eight dual meets for Arizona last season... Holds the Wildcats' second-fastest times in the 100 butterfly (54.46) and the 200 butterfly (2:00.80), following the 2001 season.

SOPHOMORE (1999-2000): Advanced to the 2000 NCAA Championships and earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 100 butterfly... Finished 13th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.25... Placed 26th in the 200 fly (2:15.10)... At the 2000 Pac-10 Championships, finished first in the bonus final of the 100y fly (55.94) and second in the bonus final of the 200 fly (2:02.01)... Swam the third leg (butterfly; 55.61) of the Arizona "B" relay in the 400 medley relay and the third leg (butterfly; 25.21) of the Arizona "B" relay in the 200 medley relay at Pac-10s... Had the school's third fastest times in the 100y fly (54.46) and the 200y fly (2:00.97).

FRESHMAN (1998-99): Competed in 11 dual meets for the Wildcats in 1999... At the 1999 Pac-10 Championships, competed in the 100 butterfly, finishing seventh in the consolation final (15th overall; 55.85) and also competed in the 200 fly (DQ)... Finished the season with the fourth-fastest Arizona time of the year in the 100 fly (55.85) and the fifth-fastest 200 fly time (2:05.50 vs. ASU).

HIGH SCHOOL: Holds the national record for the country of Cyprus in the 100m butterfly, with a time of 1:01.64 and in the 50m butterfly with a time of 28.70... Placed first overall at the "Games of the Small States of Europe" (May 1999, Lightenstein) in the 100m butterfly and placed second in the 200m butterfly.

PERSONAL: Maria Antonis Papadopoulou... Born 9/8/80 in Limassol, Cyprus... Daughter of Antonis and Nina Papadopoulou... Father owns a transportation business, and mother is a housewife... Father is a graduate of The Mechanical Engineering University of Germany... Earned the honor award for academics at her high school during the 1996 and 1997 school years... Majoring in management information systems... Hobbies include all water sports and drawing.

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