Micaela Velasquez
Micaela Velasquez
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Valencia, Calif.
High School: Valencia HS
Position: Middle Distance Freestyle

UC SANTA BARBARA
2011-12: Placed seventh in the 500-yard freestyle – posting a personal best time in the prelims of that event with a time of 4:55.32 – placed sixth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.95) and finished eighth in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:09.43 at the MPSF Championships…Set a personal record in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:27.45 in a dual meet against Cal Poly.

HIGH SCHOOL
Attended Valencia High School where she swam for Mike Bechtholdt…Was a four-year varsity letterwinner and served as the Vikings’ team captain as a senior…Won three consecutive team MVP awards and was Most Inspirational as a senior…Was a three-time All-SCV Girl’s Swim Team honoree and earned All-American consideration in 2010 and 2011…Honored with the Valencia High Senior Award for Outstanding Achievement in Swimming…Also won the 2011 United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award…Twice earned Scholastic All-American honors…Set Valencia High School records in the 200 and 500 freestyle…Also set a Foothill League 200 free record, the event in which she won two consecutive league titles…Was a four-time member of the Principal’s Honor Roll, two-year member of the National Honors Society and a three-year member of the California Scholarship Federation…Swam club with Canyons Aquatic Club under the tutelage of coach Jeff Conwell…Was named Canyons’ Most Improved in 2009.

 

PERSONAL
Micaela Ashton Velasquez was born on Nov. 22, 1993 in Valencia, Calif.…Parents are Mike and Gina Velasquez…Has a younger sister, Alyssa Velasquez…Is majoring in marine biology with aspirations of studying beluga whales…Coaches for the Special Olympics and names those athletes as her personal heroes…Also enjoys surfing, reading, riding her bike and hiking…Most memorable athletic achievement was winning the Foothill League’s 200 free title while also setting a new record…Favorite aspect of college swimming is being a part of a family, the support and encouragement, and swimming fast…Favorite movies include “Star Wars,” “Mary Poppins,” “Elf,” and “The Lion King”…Enjoys listening to The Beach Boys…Favorite book is “The Time Traveler’s Wife.”