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Valerie Orellana
Position: Backstroke/Individual Medley
Year: Senior
Hometown: Arleta, Calif.
High School: Cleveland High School
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Senior (2014-15): At the meet against Harvard and Cornell, she was fifth in the 200 fly (2:08.86) and 10th in the 100 fly (59.74) … improved to 2:06.19 in the 200 fly and 57.56 in the 100 fly at the Brown Invitational … at the Ivy League Championship, she was 16th in the 100 fly (56.35), 16th in the 100 back (56.37) and 15th in the 200 fly (2:04.10).

Junior (2013-14): Against New Hampshire, she finished third in the 100 back (59.87), second in the 200 back (2:08.42) and fifth in the 100 fly (59.40) … in the meet against Columbia, she placed fourth in the 200 back (2:09.25) and third in the 200 fly (2:09.44) … at the Ivy League Championships, she finished 22nd in the 100 fly with a time of 57.24 after swimming a 56.50 at prelims … she also placed 18th in the 100 back (57.02) and was 26th in the 200 fly (2:07.93).

Sophomore (2012-13):  Competed at the Ivy League Championships in three events; the 200 fly (2:03.25), 100 back (56.48) and 100 fly (55.99) (personal best) … placed fifth in the 100 fly (58.93) against Columbia … came fifth in the 200 fly  (2:07.19) at the Dartmouth Invitational … was third in the 100 back and fourth in the 200 back (2:08.08) and 100 fly (59.17) against New Hampshire … placed third in the 100 back (59.82) against Vermont.  

Freshman (2011-12): Seventh place in the 200 fly (2:02.02) at the Ivy League Championships … 17th place in the 100 fly (56.06) … 14th place in the 100 back (56.90) … member of the 200 medley relay that set a school record (1:44.56) … won the 200 fly against Columbia (2:04.65) … took the 200 fly title against Princeton (2:05.25) … runner up honors in the 100 fly (58.36) at the Dartmouth Invitational … won the 100 fly against UNH (57.64).

Before Dartmouth: Four-year letterwinner … senior captain … led squad to the CIF LA City Division Championship during her sophomore season … three-time West Valley League champion in the 100 fly and 100 back … set West Valley League Records in the 100 fly and 200 IM as a senior … two-time CIF Champion in the 100 fly … won CIF championships in the 100 back and 200 IM … NISCA All-America … USA Swimming Scholastic All-America … LA West Valley League All-Area … City of Los Angeles Honorable Mention.

Personal: Daughter of Oscar Orellana and Patricia Cabezas … has two brothers.  

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