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Mali Kobelja
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
High School: R. Nelson Snider
Club: Three Rivers Aquatics
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NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
• First female three-time Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Performer (2014, 2013 & 2012)
• Three-time Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team (2014, 2013 & 2012), the maximum bestowed by the league
2012 Olympic Trials qualifier
• Member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and a Summa Cum Laude graduate
• Awarded the Leslie Sessoms Booker Award, given to the senior who typifies loyal, enthusiastic, and unselfish service to the campus community: the “good Citizen” undergraduate.
• Awarded the Donnie Earl Lindsey, Jr. First-Year Spirit Award in 2011, given in memory of Donnie Earl Lindsey, Jr. to a male or female freshman or student-athlete who exemplifies excellence in athletics, leadership, scholarship, and talent.
• Captured 11 individual and 16 team relay gold medals at the A-10 Championship Meets
2012 & 2014 Atlantic 10 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year (league's only swimmer to win it, the second two-time winner and only awardee from Richmond)
• 2011 Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer
• Three-time CSCAA Honorable Mention All-American (2014, 2013 & 2011)
• 2011 CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-America Honorable Mention

2013-14 (Senior)
• Swam a leg in four of the five gold medal relays (200 IM, 200 free, 400 IM & 400 free) en route to the program's fourth-straight A-10 Championship
• Won two golds and one silver as an individual, winning 20 points with golds in the 200 IM (2:00.46) and 100 breast (1:01.82) and 17 points for a silver in the 200 breast (2:14.44)
• Named A-10 Performer of the Week for her performance at Duquesne
• Won the 50 free (24.14) and the 200 IM (2:06.34) and placed second in the 100 breast (1:06.27) at Duquesne
• Placed second in the 200 free and fourth in the 50 free in the season opener against ODU and UNCW

2012-13 (Junior)
• Atlantic 10 Performer of the Year for the second-straight year
• CSCAA Honorable Mention All-American
• Won three golds and broke the meet record in the 200 IM at the Atlantic 10 Championships
• Helped bring in all four relay events at A-10s
• Named to the A-10 All-Academic team
• Named A-10 Performer of the Week after tri-meet against UNCW and ODU
• Won the 200 breast (2:20.75), the 200 IM (2:06.29) and took second in the 100 breast (1:05.63) against UNCW and ODU
• Took home the 200 IM (2:06.56), 100 freestyle (51.97) and the 100 breaststroke (1:07.01) against William & Mary
• Won the 400 IM (4:25.15) and 200 IM (2:04.27) at the Patriot Invitational

2011-12 (Sophomore)
• First ever Spider Atlantic 10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as first swimmer in conference history selected for the award
• Won seven gold medals at the A-10 Championship
• Named the Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Performer
• Recorded career-best times in all three of her events
• Qualified for the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. in the 200 IM (1:59.53)
• Took the Championship meet record in both the 200 and 400 IM (4:16.02)
• Part of the meet record-setting 200 medley (1:39.48) and 400 medley relays (3:40.20)
• Earned three Performer of the Week honors throughout the season
• Named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team

2010-11 (Freshman)
• Won seven golds at the Atlantic 10 Championship• Richmond’s second-straight Most Outstanding Rookie Performer
• Raced to an A-10 and freshman-record time of 2:00.07 in the 200 IM
• Secured career-best times of 1:03.74 in the 100 breast and 2:15.37 in the 200 breast
• Member of the A-10 Championship and school record-setting 200 free (1:31.57), 400 free (3:21.10) and 200 medley relay squads as well as the top 400 medley (3:44.93) relay
• Earned CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-America Honorable Mention honors
• CSCAA Honorable Mention All-American
• Named A-10 Rookie of the Week four times
• Owns freshman records in both the 200 breast and 200 IM

PERSONAL
• Daughter of Nicholas and Venerath Kobelja
• Graduated from R. Nelson Snider High School
• Swam for the Three River Aquatics club team