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Kara Raney
Position: Sprints/Freestyle/Backstroke
Year: Senior
Hometown: Kingwood, Texas
High School: Kingwood Park HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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2013-14 – Swam the first leg for the 200 and 400 yard medley relay for the squads that broke the school’s records at the MVC Championships… Finished career with six school records… Finished 12th in the 50 yard freestyle at the conference meet with a season-best time of 23.97…Took 10th in the 100 yard backstroke in the conference and 14th in the 100 yard freestyle… Won the 100 yard backstroke in the season-opening meet against Tulane also won the 200 yard freestyle relay at the meet… Picked up a second place finish against Vanderbilt in the 50 yard freestyle… Part of the 200 yard freestyle relay that beat Rice… Finished second in the 100 yard backstroke at Kansas… Was a part of sixth top-10 finishes at the UALR Christmas Invitational finishing second in the 200 yard freestyle relay, 400 yard freestyle relay and 400 yard medley relay, third in the 200 yard medley relay, fifth in the 50 yard freestyle and seventh in the 100 yard freestyle… Took third in the 100 yard backstroke at the Drury Invite with a time of 1:00.46, fifth in the 50 yard freestyle (24.57) and sixth in the 100 yard freestyle (54.40)… Placed second in the 100 yard freestyle at the Hendrix Classic and also picked up two more seconds as a part of relay teams. 

2012-13:  Set two new UALR school records, including the 100 back record twice… Originally broke her own record in the back with a time of 57.44 to finish second at the UALR Christmas Invite (Nov. 29-Dec. 1)… Won the 50 free five times and took second once on the season, including twice in the same weekend to begin the season against North Texas (Oct. 5) and Tulane (Oct. 6)… Scored 26.5 points with two records individually at the Sun Belt Championships (Feb. 27-March)… Finished seventh for 12 points in the 50 free with a school-record time of 23.70 at the SBC Championships… Also finished eighth for 11 points in the 100 back with a time of 56.63, shattering her previous school record by more than 0.08 seconds at the SBC Championships… Tied for 13th for 3.5 points in the 100 free with a season-best time of 52.38 at the SBC Championships…  Won the 100 free with a time of 53.70 to help UALR win the Henderson State Invite (Nov. 9-10)… Won the 100 back with a time of 59.91 against Henderson State (Jan. 12)… Swam the 200 free once on the season with a time of 2:00.86 against Hendrix and Rhodes (Jan. 18)… Holds the top times for UALR on the season in the 50 back (27.96), 100 back (56.63) and 50 free (23.70)... Named to the SBC Honor Roll for accumulating between a 3.0 and 3.49 GPA for the 2012-13 academic year.

2011-12: Was named the Sun Belt Conference Swimmer of the Week Oct. 18, 2011, becoming the first UALR swimmer to win the award since 2006 ... Picked up two wins in the 100 back and 100 free events in the Trojans' season-opening meet at St. Louis ... Also helped UALR to a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay at St. Louis ... Placed second in the 50 free and helped UALR to a third-place finish in the 400 free relay at the Hendrix Classic ... Helped UALR pick up a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 400 free relay and 300 backstroke relay at the Hendrix Relays ... Member of the teams that finished second in the 200 free  and 200 medley relays at the UALR Invitational ... Also added a pair of runner-up finishes in the 50 and 100 free events at the UALR Invite ... Helped UALR collect a fourth-place finish in the 200 free relay and placed sixth individually in the 50 free on the opening day of the Hilltopper Invitational ... Went on to add a fourth-place finish in the 100 back at the Hilltopper Invite ... Won the 50 free event and placed fourth in the 100 backstroke at the UALR Christmas Invitational ... Also helped UALR garner fourth-place finishes in the 200 free and 400 medley relays at the UALR Christmas Invite ... Helped the Trojans to a victory in the 200 free relay and a pair of runner-up finishes in the 400 free relay and the 3x100 backstroke relay at the Tampa Relays ... Picked up a win in the 100 backstroke and finished second in the 50 free at North Texas ... Won the 50 free and was member of the team that won the 200 medley relay in UALR's season-ending meet against Vanderbilt ... Also helped the Trojans to a second-place finish in the 400 free relay against Vanderbilt ... Set new school records in the 50 free (23.82) and 100 back (57.47) at the Sun Belt Championships in Rockwall, Texas ... Also helped UALR set new school records in the 200 free relay (1:35.48), 400 free relay (3:29.09) and 400 medley relay (3:52.75) events at the SBC Championships.  

2010-11: Picked up a win in the 50 yard freestyle and a second-place finish in the 100 yard freestyle against Ouachita Baptist to open the season ... Helped the Trojans to a win in the 200 yard medley relay, and a tie for first in the 200 yard freestyle relay in their meet against Ouachita Baptist ... Picked up a first-place finish in the 50 yard freestyle in a three-team dual meet at Centenary College ... Member of the teams that won the 200 yard freestyle relay and finished second in the 200 yard medley relay at Centenary College ... Helped UALR to a second-place finish in the 400 yard medley relay and a third-place finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay at the Hendrix Classic ... Also finished third in the 100 yard freestyle at the Hendrix Classic ... Member of the team that finished second in the 400 yard freestyle relay at the Hendrix Relays ... Won the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard backstroke at the UALR Invitational ... Also helped the Trojans win the 200 yard medley relay at the UALR Invite ... Tied for fifth in the 50 yard freestyle, and finished fifth outright in the 100 yard freestyle at the Hilltopper Invitational ... Added a top-16 finish in the 100 yard backstroke at the Hilltopper Invite ... Member of the team that finished fifth in the 400 yard freestyle relay at the Hilltopper Invite ... Finished third in the 50 yard freestyle and fourth in the 100 yard freestyle at the Tunica Invitational ... Also helped the Trojans finish second in the 400 yard freestyle relay and third in both the 200 yard freestyle relay and the 400 yard medley relay at the Tunica Invite ... Finished second in the 50 yard freestyle in a dual meet against Houston ... Also helped UALR to second-place finishes in the 200 yard medley relay and the 200 yard freestyle relay against Houston ... Set two new individual school records at the Sun Belt Championships in the 50 yard freestyle (24.13) and the 100 yard backstroke (58.03) ... Also helped the Trojans set three new school relay records in the 200 yard freestyle relay (1:36.07), the 200 yard medley relay (1:47.57) and the 400 yard medley relay (3:56.27), while tying the record in the 400 yard freestyle relay (3:33.81) ... Named to the Sun Belt Conference's Honor Roll for recording a GPA of 3.00-3.49.

 

High School: Was named team MVP three straight seasons (2008-2010) while swimming for head coach Brad Griffith at Kingwood Park High School ... Won regional championships in the 50-yard freestyle in 2009 and 2010 ... District Swimmer of the Year in 2010 ... State Finalist in the 100-yard freestyle (2010) and 50-yard freestyle (2009 and 2010).

Personal: Born April 15, 1992 in Houston, Texas ... Parents are Ken and Cathy Raney ... Has two sisters, Elise and Kristen, and two brothers, Kyle and Bryce ... Majoring in mass communication with a minor in health science.

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