2,684 student-athletes were named to the Honor Roll
League's Championship Swim Meet Continues Through Saturday
88 Student-Athletes were honored.
Owls Win Team Title At UIW Invitational
Nicknamed "Cora The Point-Scora" by her Owl teammates.
2014-2015: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Finished second on the team in scoring at the National Collegiate Classic meet in Rockwall, Texas... Compiled 67 points by competing in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles, the 100-butterfly and four relays (with the lone exception being the 800)... Placed fifth in the 100-butterfly and sixth in the 50... Likewise a big 44-point contributor at the C-USA Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., swimming in three individual events and three relays... Finished sixth in the 100-free (50.64)... Other season-bests were a 23.38 in the 50 and a 1:51.08 in the 200-free... Swam the second leg of the Owls' school record-setting sprint relay (1:30.71), and was a member of the second-fastest 4x100 freestyle relay in Rice history.
2013-2014: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Dynamic postseason performances helped lead the Owls to meet titles at both the C-USA Championships and the inaugural National Collegiate Classic... Followed-up scoring a team second-best total of 95 points at the C-USA meet with a team-leading 94 points at the National Collegiate Classic... At conference she won the individual title in the 100-yard freestyle, reached the championship final of two other events, swam on three winning relays (two of which set new school records), and reached two NCAA provisional marks... Won the C-USA's 100-free (49.76) and then went even faster (49.55) to claim the NCC's individual title... Had the third-fastest 100-free time in school history, as well as Rice's third-fastest 50-free time (22.90) from the lead leg of the C-USA sprint relay... The 22.90 split is the best mark by an Owl in eight years... After placing fifth in the C-USA's 50-free and then sixth in the 200, she took second in the NCC's 50 and won the 200 (1:48.92)... Swam the anchor leg of the record-setting 200-medley relay... Contributed on a total of four relays at the Classic.
2012-2013: C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Registered a sound and solid debut season of Division I swimming... Scored 26 points at the C-USA Championships to help the Owls win the second league title in the program's history... The 26 points tied for the second-most scored by an Owl freshman... Reached the championship finals of both the C-USA's 100 and 200-yard freestyle events, placing seventh in the 200 after a season-best 1:50.46 in morning prelims... Touched eighth in the 100-free after a season best 50.82 in the prelims... Scored for the Owls in the 50-free with a season-best 23.56 in the prelims... Registered the best mark by any Owl at home in the Competition Pool in the 100-free with a 51.59 in the season-opening dual meet against Kansas... Showed versatility with a steady 56.01 in a timed trial of the 100-butterfly at the C-USA meet.
High School: A 2012 graduate of Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Academy... No swim program at the school, but was a two-year letterwinner for the Knights in both track & field and cross country... All-state honoree in cross country and was the AISA runner-up in 2010... Helped lead the CC team to the state championship in 2009... Won two AISA track & field titles in the 3,200-meters and won state championship in the mile... Earned the Knights' Most Dedicated Award and was the JV state MVP in 2009... Outstanding student who maintained a 4.4 grade point average (weighted scale) for selection to the Headmaster's Honor Roll, National Honors Society and the National Society of High School Scholars... Member of national honor organizations for math, journalism, music and Latin... Recipient of President's Outstanding Academic Excellence Award... Served as class treasurer, member of Key Club, the yearbook staff and Tuscaloosa Belles.
Club: Multiple Junior National Qualifier in the freestyle sprints for Crimson Tide Aquatics under head coach John Boxmeyer... Helped lead club to the 2012 Southeastern Short Course Championship title... Selected to the 2010 Southeastern Swimming Zone Team... Two-time Southeastern Champion in the 100-freestyle... Earned the club's Don Gambril Award (presented to the Senior Elite Group member who has the best achievement in goal times... Named a Scholastic All-America by USA Swimming... Worked as a kid's swim instructor for the Bower's Park Swim Team.
Personal: Name: Cora Leigh McKenzie. Born: June 29, 1994 in Cleveland, Ohio. Parents: Rick and Gwenn McKenzie of Tuscaloosa, Ala.... Accomplished musician who studies, and teaches youths to play, the flute... Volunteered at Temporary Emergency Services when tornadoes struck Tuscaloosa in the spring of 2011... Served as a Civinettes volunteer in Northport, Ala... Chose to attend Rice over Duke, Vanderbilt, Auburn and the University of Alabama. Rice College: Sid Richardson
|50 Freestyle||22.90||2014 C-USA Championships|
|100 Freestyle||49.55||2014 C-USA Championships|
|200 Freestyle||1:48.92||2014 C-USA Championships|
|100 Butterfly||56.01||2013 C-USA Timed Trial|
|Sid Richardson College|
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