Mary DeScenza
blank Mary DeScenza
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Naperville, Ill.

High School:
Rosary

Event:
Fly/Free/IM

2005-2006--Named the recipient of the Lisa Coole Endowed Scholarship.

2004-2005--Earned seven All-America citations at the NCAA Championships, two for winning the 100y and 200y butterfly events...also swam on the victorious 200y freestyle, 200y medley, 400y medley and 800y freestyle relays and was sixth in the 200y IM...the 200y free relay team set the American, U.S. Open, NCAA and pool records with a time of 1:28.10...the 400y free relay team set the NCAA and pool records in a time of 3:13.56...successfully defended both the 100y and 200y fly titles at the SEC Championships...tied her own Georgia record in the 200y fly (1:53.51)...finished third in the 200y IM and was third in the high points standings at SECs...broke the Georgia record in the 200y free with a time of 1:44.11 on the leadoff of the 800y free relay that tied the American record with a time of 7:04.06...member of two winning relays and two runner-up relays at SECs...at the World Championships, placed first in the 800y free relay, third in the 400y free and second in the 400y medley relays, fifth in the 100y butterfly and sixth in the 200y butterfly...at the Duel in the Pool, placed second in the 200m fly and was fourth in the 100m fly...Team­ -- 1st at NCAAs, 2nd at SECs.

2004-2005--Successfully defended 200 butterfly title at the NCAA Championships with an NCAA-record time of 2:06.02... also a member of the NCAA-winning 400m medley and 400m free relays... finished third in the 100m fly in a Georgia-record time of 57.97 and took 12th in the 200m IM with a time of 2:14.17... member of the runner-up 200m medley and 800m free relays at NCAAs...repeated as SEC Champion in the 100y and 200y butterfly events at this year's championships, bettering her own SEC record in the 100y fly with a time of 51.70, and she lowered the SEC 200y fly mark with a time of 1:53.93...was also a member of the SEC record-setting 400y medley relay (3:33.75)...lowered her personal-best time in the 100y event with a mark of 51.70...although the butterfly is her signature stroke, she finished seventh in the 200y IM at the SEC...aided the Lady Bulldog effort on the second-place finishing 400y and 800y free relays...also held Georgia's fastest 200y free time heading into the NCAA Championships as she stopped the clock in 1:46.40...2004 Olympic Trials finalist in both the 100m and 200m butterfly events...Team­ -- 2nd at NCAAs, 2nd at SECs.

2003-2004--NCAA Champion in the 200-yard butterfly...earned seven All-America certificates at the NCAA Championships -- the maximum possible at one championship... earned additional All-America accolades in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley...was national runner-up in the 100y fly to NCAA Swimmer of the Year Natalie Coughlin...set personal bests and Georgia records in the two fly events at NCAAs...also swam on a pair of Georgia relays at the NCAAs...became the fifth Lady Bulldog to win multiple SEC titles in conference championship debut...set Georgia and SEC records by winning the 100y fly in 52.43 and the 200y fly in 1:54.80 at SECs...both were personal bests...became the Lady Bulldogs' first ever 200y fly conference champion since the championships were first contested in 1981...performed a rare double in swimming by competing in back-to-back events, winning the 100y fly and finishing third in the 200y free (1:45.32)...member of the 200y medley and the 800y free relays that both finished second and posted NCAA automatic qualifying times at the SEC Championships...her time of 1:45.92 was the fastest relay leadoff time of the SEC Championships and was the second-fastest 200y free time in the country...finished fourth in the overall high point standings at the SEC Championships with 56 points...set NCAA automatic qualifying times in three events -- 200y free, 100 and 200y fly -- as well as hitting provisional marks in three others...holds Georgia's fastest times in three events and is in the top three of three others...a member of Georgia's fastest 400y free, 200y medley and 400y medley relays this year......has been a double-winner for Georgia in eight meets this year, including her three-win performance against sixth-ranked Southern Methodist... Team -- 2nd at NCAAs, 3rd at SECs.

High School--Rosary...three-time Illinois Swimmer of the Year (1998, 2000, 2001)...holds the National Independent High School record in the 100y fly...Illinois state record holder in the 100y, 100m, 200y and 200m fly...four-time high school All-American...2001 Illinois High School Female Swimmer of the Year...2002 Chicago Tribune High School Athlete of the Year...finalist in the 100y fly at the 2000 Olympic Trials...was a silver medalist as a member of the 4x100-meter medley relay and finished fourth in the 100m fly event at the 2001 FINA World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan...held the fastest American time in the 100m fly for 2001...won the 200m fly at both the 2001 World Cup and the 2001 U.S. Open...represented the U.S. at the 2002 Short Course World Championships in Moscow...member of the 2001 and 2002 U.S. National A Team and All-Star Team...champion in the 200m fly at the 2002 USA Swimming National Championships with a time of 2:09.89...finished third in the 100m fly...placed third in the 200m fly at the 2002 Pan-Pacific Games in Yokahama, Japan...will swim for the U.S. at the 2003 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain...member of the National Honor Society, Latin National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta at Rosary.

Personal--Born Sept. 17, 1984 in Sommerville, N.J...daughter of Bob and Margy DeScenza...older sister Katie was a swimmer at the College of William and Mary. Major--Biology.

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