Lauren Bailey: Star Swimmer is a Shark in the Classroom

Lauren Bailey, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, was one of 10 University scholar-athletes recognized for their abilities “on the field” and in the classroom.

Bailey, from Ossining, NY, holds the University records for the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, and is a part of all the record-holding relay teams.

During the football team’s season opener, she and nine other athletes were presented Garnish Awards during a halftime ceremony. Bailey said she was nervous at first to go out to midfield and accept the award in front of the whole stadium of football fans. “It was definitely never-racking,” she said. “It was a huge honor though. My whole team came out to support me, which was really nice of them. It was super exciting!”

The Garnish Award program was created in honor of Lysle “Spike” Garnish, who consecutively served as an assistant coach for the University’s basketball, baseball, and football teams from 1930-1948.

According to the Athletic Department’s webpage, “Friends of Rochester Athletics, through an alumni committee, reviews nominations of students from varsity teams who have achieved at a high level in both their athletic and academic pursuits through their junior year. From these nominees, a small number are selected as Garnish Scholars.”

It’s definitely not easy

Bailey, who has a GPA of 3.87, says that balancing athletics and academics is “definitely not easy. But I think if you’re really passionate about both things—I really like chemical engineering, and I really like swimming—but I think it’s also about time management,” she said.

“For me, I do homework with a group of people or with my friends, so it makes it more enjoyable. Plus, I don’t really dread doing homework, so that definitely makes it easier to work with other people.”

During her senior year, Bailey says one of her goals is to have fun this season. “I’m really not going to put any pressure on myself,” she claimed. “I want to do well, obviously, but I also want to make sure that I’m really having fun. This is probably the last year I will swim competitively on a college team where we all share a common goal.”

Bailey’s best advice to student athletes? “Don’t stay up too late the night before you have practice in the morning.” According to her, “Mainly you’re here at the University to do well in school and succeed.”

Another important piece of advice Bailey offers is to prioritize, and “make sure to realize when you’re struggling to balance school and swimming, or school and any sport that you’re doing, because you don’t want your academics to slip. Don’t take on too much, though, because it can be a really rigorous schedule, and you want to make sure you have free time to enjoy yourself still,” she says.

In her time here at the U of R, Bailey has taken many classes, but the one in which she learned the most was the chemical engineering class, Reactor Design. Bailey says “It’s a really important class, because it has so many applications with so many jobs, and I think it’s really important to understanding what’s going on. It was definitely challenging, since we did a lot of coding with MatLab, and I’m not excellent at that.” Starting from the most basic reactors, the class covered many fundamental chemical engineering concepts.

This year, the senior says that instead of stressing about swimming times and tests, she wants to “have a good time, and make sure I’m getting done what I need to get done…but I’m definitely going to enjoy myself.”

As graduation gets closer, Bailey says she’ll start looking for chemical engineering positions, and at some point, she may consider getting an MBA.

By Joe Bailey and Monique Patenaude

Senior Swimmer Named Academic All-American

By Bob Marcotte
University Communications

“If you really enjoy something, you are going to find time to do it,” says Lauren Bailey, a rising senior in Chemical Engineering and star of the University of Rochester women’s swimming team, after being named an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

This is one of the highest academic awards that a student-athlete can earn. And that is no small achievement considering the difficulty of her major and the time commitment involved in being a member of the swim team. Team members practice about 20 hours a week during the swim season, but during competitions, swimming sometimes takes up 30 hours a week. And yet Bailey has managed to excel in both the classroom and the pool.

Bailey, who is also pursuing a minor in mathematics, carries a 3.87 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.00 scale). That earned her a place on the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Team. She is a Second Team Academic All-America selection after earning First Team Academic All-District honors. She is just the third Rochester women’s swimmer to earn Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA in the past 29 years.

She also has been breaking swim records left and right. At the 2013-14 Liberty League Championships, she won seven league titles, broke seven league records, and six Rochester records. In three years (freshman through junior seasons), she has won 17 Liberty League titles and set 14 Liberty League records. She earned All-America honors in four events at the NCAA Division III National Championships this spring: the 100- and 200-yard butterfly, the 200-yard freestyle relay, and the 200-yard medley relay.

Bailey

So how does she balance a rigorous course load with the demands of varsity athletics? “College is all about priorities,” Bailey says. “I try to plan ahead, and if I have assignments due the following week and a swim meet over the weekend, I will try to do my work on Thursday or Friday to avoid stress over the weekend.” It helps that the swim team’s coaches understand that school comes first, she added. “If I am behind on school work, they can work with my practice schedule to make sure I get my assignments completed. My good friend, Zoe McCauley, is also a chemical engineering major and is on the swim team, so worst case scenario, we will do work together on the bus rides to away swim meets.”

“Being on the swim team keeps me very disciplined with my school work and helps me manage my time very efficiently.” As much as she enjoys setting a new swim record, the most important thing is being part of a team, Bailey added. “I know that every time I am in the water competing, I have 50 fellow swimmers rooting for me and cheering me on. At the end of the day, it feels great to know that you are part of a team where people have your back and show you continuous support and love.”

Bailey said she was “slightly unsure” about which major to pursue when she arrived at UR as a freshman. But after taking a few chemical engineering classes, she knew what she wanted to do. “My interest in chemical engineering stems from how versatile the field is. It is a great background to have, and getting a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering shows that you have great discipline and work ethic due to the difficulty of the major.”

“Also, the chemical engineering professors at the University of Rochester demonstrate a great understanding for the material they teach and show sincere respect for their students, which solidifies my choice to be a chemical engineer.” After graduating next spring, she plans to start working. “I may work for a couple of years and then go back to get my MBA or masters in chemical engineering,” Bailey said. “I am still unsure of where I want to work, but I know that when I retire one day, I want to run an alpaca farm.”

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Time to Make A Splash: Seven Head to Indy

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Seven members of the women’s swimming and diving team at the University of Rochester – six swimmers and one diver – will compete at the NCAA Division III National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana from March 19-22.

This is Rochester’s largest group of NCAA swimming qualifiers in 20 years – since six women competed in the 1993-94 championships. Those six women scored 125 team points and Rochester finished eighth nationally. It is the best team finish in school history.

The six NCAA swimming competitors are junior Lauren Bailey (Ossining, NY/Ossining HS), sophomore Vicky Luan (South Surrey, Canada/Semiahmoo Seminary), senior Karen Meess (Hamburg, NY/Frontier HS), freshman Emily Simon (Olean, NY/Portville HS), freshman Khamai Simpson (Cutler Bay, FL/Coral Reef HS), and freshman Alex Veech (Binghamton, NY/Binghamton). The diver is freshman Danielle Neu (Hammondsport, NY/Bath Haverling HS).

Bailey, who was the Liberty League Women’s Swimmer of the Year for the second straight year (awarded in December), will compete in the 100 yard butterfly, the 200 yard butterfly, and swim on all three relays: the 200 yard medley relay, the 200 yard freestyle relay, and the 400 yard medley relay.

Luan, who was the 2012-13 Liberty League Rookie of the Year, will swim on all three relays – the 200 yard medley, relay, the 200 yard freestyle relay, and the 400 yard medley relay.

Meess will swim the 200 yard backstroke, and compete with the 200 yard medley relay and the 400 yard medley relay.

Simon and Simpson will swim on the 200 yard freestyle relay. Veech will compete in the 100 yard breaststroke, on the 200 yard medley relay, and the 400 yard medley relay.

Neu will compete on both the one-meter and three-meter diving boards. She already has a taste of NCAA competition. She earned her berth in Indianapolis after competing at the NCAA Regional Diving Meet at Rochester Institute of Technology on February 28 and March 1. She was one of seven divers selected from the meet at RIT.

Rochester has its first NCAA swimming competitors since the 2006-07 season. The relays are reaching a bit of a benchmark. These are the first women’s relay teams to compete at nationals since the 1994-95 season.

The top eight finishers in an event – either individual events or relays – are designated as All-Americans. Those who finish 9th through 16thare designated as Honorable Mention All-Americans.

In two of the seven swimming events, Rochester has a top-eight seeding.  Bailey is seeded sixth in the 100 yard butterfly after her season’s best time of 0:55.83. The 200 yard medley relay is seeded sixth as well with a time of 1:44.46. The swimmers on that relay are (alphabetically) Bailey, Luan, Meess, and Veech.

The 200 yard freestyle relay is seeded 11th with a time of 1:35.20 (Bailey, Luan, Simon, Simpson). The 400 yard medley (Bailey, Luan, Meess, and Veech) is seeded 16th with a time of 3:50.50.

Veech is seeded 20th in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:04.91) and Meess is seeded 20th in the 200 yard backstroke (2:02.74).

Bailey and Luan will swim in the 50 yard freestyle and on the 400 freestyle relay with Simon and Simpson. Meess will also swim in the 100 yard backstroke. NCAA guidelines permit this because those swimmers were already selected for other events and they achieved a provisional qualifying time in the extra events.

The best finish by an individual Rochester women’s swimmer at nationals is third place. Irene “Patty” Rupp achieved that in the 1984-85 season (in the 100 yard backstroke) and in the 1985-86 season (in the 200 yard butterfly). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Genetics in 1987 and graduated with an M.D. from the University’s Medical School in 1991.

Rochester’s current NCAA contingent have challenging academic majors:
Bailey – Chemical Engineering
Luan – Film & Media Studies
Meess – Biomedical Engineering
Neu – Chemical Engineering
Simon – Biology
Simpson – Health, Behavior & Society
Veech – Psychology

Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Dominate Libery League Tourneys

Rochester Athletics – Over the weekend, it was Yellowjacket Fever at the Liberty League Championship tournaments.

The University of Rochester men’s swimming and diving team scored 14 event wins and set three new Liberty League records en route to running away with the team title in the Liberty League Championships Swimming and Diving Saturday at RPI.  Rochester totaled 1006.5 points, over 200 better than second place RPI.

For the Lady ‘Jackets, the weekend was just as successful. The women swimmers and divers ran away with the title by over 475 points in the team standings at the 2010 Liberty League Championships.  In the two day event, the Yellowjacket women totaled 13 event wins and set six new Liberty League records.

It was was more of the same for the Yellowjacket men, as they jumped out to three straight race wins to start session three at the league championships.

The first winner was freshman James Frauen who won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:56.42.

A new school record in the 200 breaststroke was achieved by Adam Bossert who completed the win with the time of 2:09.91.  Fellow Yellowjacket Pat Davis was fourth in the event.

The Rochester squad had a great showing in the 100 freestyle where they took six of the first seven spots.  The winner of the race was freshman Chris Doser who swam a 47.21.  Right behind him in 2nd place was Bossert who raced to a time of 48.08.  Freshmen Derek Lam and Booky Porapakkham earned 3rd and 4th place finished while Brian Wong was 6th and Vincent Ness was 7th.

In the day two diving events, Rochester two competitors earned solid finished of 7th and 9th in the 1 meter board event.  Sophomore Zach Howard was the 7th place finished compiling 261.20 points.  Junior Elliott Lasher was the other UR finisher while scoring 343.70 points.

Freshman Brian Wong got in on the action with a win in the 200 yard butterfly, finishing in a time of 1:55.64.

Wong also was a member of the winning 400 yard free relay team along with classmates Porapakkham, Doser and Frauen.  They finished the race in 3:11.25, over three seconds ahead of the 2nd place team.  Rochester’s B team in the event placed third with a time of 3:16.47.  That squad consisted of senior Vincent Ness, junior Christian Vu, sophomore Alex King and freshman Brett Maus.

UR had six multi-event winners over the two day championships.  Leading the way for the Yellowjackets was Wong who ended with six wins (individual and relays), while Bossert and Doser had five wins apiece.  Frauen had four victories while Porapakkham tallied three.  King rounded out the multiple winners with two.

For his impressive results, Bossert was named Male Swimmer of the Year while teammate Brian Wong was named Male Rookie of the Year at the championships.  The UR coaching staff was also named Coaching Staff of the Year.

In the third session for the women’s team, freshman Lauren Bailey got her fourth win of the championships in the 100 yard freestyle, finishing in a time of 54:02.  Teammate Meg Lawless was second in the event Meg Waring was fourth for the Yellowjackets.

In the 200 backstroke, Rochester got a third and fourth place finish from freshman Teresa Xu (2:12.10) and sophomore Farrell Cooke (2:12.49).

In the diving events on day two, the UR women achieved a 1-2-3 finish in the 3 meter board event.  Junior Sara Spielman placed first scoring 393.24 points.  Classmate Megan Braun was second scoring 392.10 points in her dives while senior Rachel deLahunta was third in the event after scoring 356.35 points.  The three finished as the top 3 in the 1 meter diving event on day one of the championships.

The women smashed the Liberty League record in the 400 yard freestyle relay by nearly three seconds en route to another event win.  The team of Bailey, Waring, Lawless, and Xu finished in a time of 3:37.60.  The B squad of Ellie Ansani, Avery Palardy, Kristy Harding and Emily Friedline placed third in the race with a time of 3:46.41.

Waring earned another solid finish, this time in the 200 breaststroke where she placed 4th with a time of 2:34.47.

In the 200 butterfly, Rochester had three of the top-6 finishes with Lauren Bailey finishing 2nd (2:11.20), Friedline getting 4th (2:12.49) and Steph Bolin ending up 6th (2:14.65).

In the overall team standings, Rochester ran away with the title, winning with a total of 1115.5 team points while the second place and host RPI Engineers ended up with 629.5 points.

The slew of multiple event winners included Bailey (5 wins), Waring (4), Friedline (3), Karen Meess (3), Xu (3), Ellie Ansani (2) and Lawless (2).

UR had many award winners in the post meet ceremonies as Braun and Spielman were named Women’s Co-Divers of the Year, Friedline was Women’s Rookie of the Year and the UR coaches took home Coaching Staff of the Year honors.

This article includes reporting from Scott Sabocheck, Athletic Communications Asst., photos courtesy of Rochester Athletics