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Melanie Klaren
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Melanie Klaren 1250928
Position: Freestyle/Backstroke
Height: 5'9"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
High School: Aliso Niguel HS
Experience: 3 Letters

CALIFORNIA SUCCESS

  • Completed her career ranked among Cal’s all-time top 10 in three events – fourth in the 200-yard back (1:51.83), fifth in the 100 back (51.31) and eighth in the 500 free (4:39.25)
  • A two-time team captain for the Bears as a junior and a senior
  • A CSCAA Scholar All-American and honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic choice in 2014 and HM Pac-12 All-Academic in 2015
  • Recipient of the team’s 2014 Coaches Award and the 2015 Coach Wick Leadership Award
  • Finished third in the 100 back at the 2015 NCAA Championships with a PR time of 51.31; also took sixth in the 200 back (1:51.83) and 16th in the 500 free (4:42.09)
  • Scored in three individual events at the 2015 Pac-12 meet - thid in the 100 back (51.90), third in the 200 back (1:52.55) and fifth in the 500 free (4:42.30)
  • At the 2014 NCAA Championships, took 11th in the 500 free (4:39.25), sixth in the 100 back (51.32) and sixth in the 200 back (1:52.44) – all personal bests at the time
  • A big scorer for the Bears at the 2014 Pac-12 meet, finishing sixth in the 500 free (4:42.09), fifth in the 100 back (52.06) and third in the 200 back (1:53.85)
  • Scored in two individual events at the 2013 NCAA Championships, finishing 11th in the 200 back (1:52.98) and 13th in the 11 back (52.12); also took 22nd in the 500 free (4:42.99)
  • At the 2013 Pac-12 meet, finished fourth in the 200 back (1:54.07), fifth in the 100 back (52.17) and ninth in the 500 free (4:42.42)
  • Swam a leg on Cal’s second-place 800 free relay (6:58.95) at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships, as well
  • Reached the consolation final in both the 100 back (12th, 52.77) and 200 back (1:53.99) at the 2012 NCAA meet, in addition to taking 24th in the 500 free (4:43.40)
  • Competed in three individual events at the 2012 Pac-12 meet with a best showing of fifth in the 200 back (1:55.99). In addition, was 10th in the 100 back (52.74) and 14th in the 500 free (4:47.35)

NATIONAL SUCCESS

  • Named to the U.S. squad for the 2015 World University Games in the 200m back
  • At the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, placed fourth in the 200m back (2:11.58) and won the B final of the 100m back in 1:01.81.
  • Competed in both backstroke events at the 2013 U.S. National Championships, taking 10th in the 100m back in 1:01.45 and ninth in the 200m back in 2:11.94
  • Member of the 2008-09 U.S. National Junior Team
  • Swam at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships for her Mission Viejo Nadadores club

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB

  • The CIF champion in the 200 free in 2008, 2010 and 2011
  • Named the Orange County Register Female Swimmer of the Year 2010-11
  • Set school records in the 100 free, 200 free, 500 free and 100 back

PERSONAL

  • History major
  • Parents are Monty Brown and Patrick Klaren; father swam at the University of Nebraska
  • Born on Dec. 5, 1992
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