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Lindsey Farella - Sprint Free
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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2V · Sprint Freestyle · 5'11" · Senior · Elk Grove, Ill.

JUNIOR (1999-2000): Redshirt season.

SOPHOMORE (1998-99): Member of her fourth national championship relay team in two years at the 1999 NCAA Championships... With teammates Knapp, Mastin and Tolar brought home the 400 free relay title in a time of 3:16.49... Earned six All-America selections in 1999, in addition to her six selections in 1998 (12 total) make her only the third current UA swimmer in the double-digit All-America club with senior Denali Knapp (15 selections) and senior Trina Jackson (13)... Selected first-team All-America in 100 free after finishing eighth (49.49)... Finished first in the 400 free relay (3:16.49), sixth in the 400 medley relay (3:39.53), seventh in the 200 free relay (1:31.12) and second in the 800 free relay (7:09.19) at the 1999 NCAAs... Selected honorable mention All-America in the 200 free after finishing ninth (1:46.78)... Set school records in 1999 as a member of the 400 medley relay team (3:39.01) and 800 free relay team (7:09.19)... At the 1999 Pac-10 Championships placed second in the finals of the 200 free (1:47.87) and third in the 100 free (50.07)... Finished the 1999 season with the top Arizona time in the 100 free (49.22), the second-fastest 200 free time (1:46.78), and the third-fastest time in the 50 free (23.26).

FRESHMAN (1997-98): Made an immediate impact at Arizona as she became the first freshman to win three national championships in the 200, 400 and 800 free relays... Swam anchor on the national champion 200 and 800 free relay... Swam a 22.13 split in the 200 free relay... Swam a 1:47.10 split in the 800 free relay... Swam the third leg of the championship 400 free relay team in a split of 49.20... Earned All-America honors after swimming the freestyle leg of the 200 medley relay... Honorable mention All-America in the 200 freestyle with a 16th-place finish (1:50.13)... Earned another honorable mention All-America in the 100 freestyle with an 11th-place finish (49.45)... Two-time Pac-10 champion... Won the 200 free in 1:47.41 and established a new pool record... Swam the second leg on the championship 400 free relay team... Won the 100 free consolation final (50.60)... Holds the third-fastest Arizona times of the year in the 50, 100 and 200 free... Top times rank on the all-time Arizona top-10 list.

1998 WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Won a gold medal swimming the leadoff leg of the 400 free relay for the United States.

HIGH SCHOOL: Swam only two seasons at Elk Grove High School, as a freshman and senior... The Illinois state champion in the 100 free (50.16) and the 200 free (1:49.06) during her senior season... The state champion in the 50 free (23.3) and the 100 free (50.7) as a freshman... Finished third in the 100 free at the Senior Nationals (56.32) this summer... Also swam in the 50 free... Participated in the Short Course Worlds in Sweden and the Pan Pacific Games in Japan... At the Summer Nationals in Buffalo, New York, swam to a fourth-place finish in the 50 free (26.10) and was second in the 100 free (55.99)... Swam at the Girls National High School Championships... At the 1996 Senior Nationals, placed second in the 100 free (56.40) and sixth in the 50 free (26.40)... At the 1994 Senior Nationals, she finished fourth in both the 50 free (26.09) and 100 free (56.70)... Placed third in the 50 free (26.38) at the 1993 Senior Nationals... Won the 100 free at the Junior Nationals (50.55) during the same year... Holds a high school record in every event, except the breaststroke... State record holder in the 100 free (50.16) and the 200 free (1:49.06)... Her times were good enough to land her on the NISCA All-America team... Named Illinois High School Swimmer of the Year in 1994, 1995 and 1997.

YEAR-BY-YEAR - 1997: Member of Pan Pacific and Short Course World Championship teams... Finished second to Jenny Thompson in the 100m free at P66 Spring Nationals... Member of National B team... 1996: Placed second in the 100m free at P66 Summer Nationals... 1995: Placed fourth in the 50m free at the Pan Am Games... Member of the Pan Am record-setting 400m free relay team... 1994: Earned a silver medal on the 400m free relay (prelims) at the World Championships... Placed sixth in the 100m free at the World Trials to earn a relay spot on the World Championship team... 1993: Named Rookie of the Meet at P66 Spring Nationals after placing third in 50m free... Speedo Junior National champion at age 13... Attended the Olympic Festival.

PERSONAL: Lindsey Kathleen Farella... Born 6/6/79 in Maywood, Ill... Daughter of John and Barbara Farella... Has an older sister Nelli Rose, younger sister Courtney and younger brother Nick... Majoring in retail design... Lists her hobbies as reading and beading.

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