Position
Individual Medley/butterfly
Class
Junior
Hometown
Miami, Fla.
High School
Lourdes Academy

CAREER
Wrapped up her collegiate campaign with the school record in the 200-yard butterfly and three other times in LSU’s top-10 … Ranks second all-time in both individual medley events … Also holds the eighth-fastest 100-fly mark … Led the Lady Tigers in three races in her senior season … Held the team’s fastest times in the 400 IM and 200 fly in 2007-08.

SENIOR SEASON (2008-09)
One of the Lady Tigers’ biggest contributors … Swam in butterfly, breaststroke and individual medley races … Competed in every dual meet, the Art Adamson Invitational and the SEC Championships … Headlined the Lady Tiger efforts on Day 4 of SEC’s, shattering a 19-year-old school record in the 200-yard butterfly … Swam a mark of 1:58.15 to overtake Samantha Purvis’ mark in the preliminaries … Finished 12th overall with a time of 1:59.96 … Also tallied points for the squad in the 400 IM at the conference meet … Placed 11th in that event with the second-fastest mark in school history, 4:14.24 … Took 20th in the 200 IM at SEC’s with a personal best of 2:01.79, which is also second all-time at LSU … Recorded a pair of victories in the 200 fly and 200 IM in a key dual-meet win over Florida State … Also registered a personal best in the 200 breast with a time of 2:20.25 … Spearheaded a victory over Kentucky with wins in the 200 breast and 200 IM … Captured a pair of top-10 finishes at Texas A&M’s Art Adamson Invitational … Secured sixth in the 200 fly (1:59.30) and 10th in the 400 IM (4:19.38) … Also swam a personal best of 55.01 in the 100 fly, eighth-best in school history.

JUNIOR SEASON (2007-08)
Made an immediate impact in individual medley and butterfly events … Registered the team’s best 400 IM mark of the season and the top 200 fly time … Competed in every dual meet and the SEC Championships … Swam the 400 IM in a team-best 4:24.22 at the SEC Prelims … Notched her top 200 IM mark of the season (2:05.76) at the SEC’s … Emerged victorious in the 200 fly against the fourth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies with a season-best clocking of 2:03.76 … Placed third in the 400 IM at the same meet … Recorded second- and third-place finishes in the 200 fly and 200 IM, respectively, versus Notre Dame … Captured runner-up honors in the 200 fly in a road dual-meet against Houston and Rice … Earned her first varsity letter.

FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORE SEASONS (2004-06 AT SYRACUSE)
A standout swimmer who scored points at the Big East Championships twice in her career … Transfers from Syracuse to LSU and will be eligible to compete this season … Reached finals in the 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley at the 2006 Big East Championships … Registered in the top 50 in the nation in the 400 IM and set a school record in the event with second-place at the 2006 Nike Cup … Posted 13 wins in individual events during her sophomore season and recorded nine victories during her freshman season … Competed in five events at the 2005 conference meet with her best finish coming in fifth place in the 200 fly.

PRIOR TO COLLEGE
Four-year most valuable swimmer at Lourdes Academy … Named an All-American as a senior and received all-state recognition as a junior … Won the 200 individual medley at the Florida state championship meet as a freshman and was second as a sophomore … Placed second in the 100 butterfly at the state meet as a junior and senior … Qualified and finished eighth in the 200 and 400 IM at the 2003 Pan-American Games … Participated in the 2003 and 2004 World Championships as a member of the Colombian National Team.

PERSONAL
Born June 15, 1986 … Parents are Olga Uribe and Eduardo Duenas … Majoring in kinesiology.

VANESSA’S TOP TIMES
100 butterfly  55.01  2008 Art Adamson Invitational
200 butterfly  1:58.15* 2009 SEC Championships
200 individual medley 2:01.79  2009 SEC Championships
400 individual medley 4:14.24  2009 SEC Championships

* – indicates school record

 

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