Laura Dawson
Laura Dawson
Year: Senior
Hometown: Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
High School: Newcastle Church High School for Girls
Events: Butterfly/Backstroke/IM

2015-16: Swam at 11 meets...Took first 16 times: twice in the 200-yard fly, seven times in the 200-yard back, three in the 200-yard IM, four times in the 200-yard free...Best time in the 100-yard free came at the Louisville Invitational on Nov. 22 when she took second in 51.95...Best time in the 100-yard back came against Akron on Oct. 30 when she took second in 57.10...Best time in the 100-yard fly came at the MAC Championships on Feb. 26 when she took 6th in 54.31...Best time in the 200-yard free came at the MAC Championships on Feb. 24 when she took 7th in 1:49.26...Best time in the 200-yard back came at the MAC Championships on Feb. 27 when she took second in 1:56.70...Best time in the 200-yard fly came at the MAC Championships on Feb. 27 when she took 20th in 2:04.78...Best time in the 200-yard IM came against Buffalo on Jan. 23 when she took sixth in 2:11.83...Was named Academic All-MAC...Was named Second Team All-MAC. 



 

2014-15: Competed in 10 meets and swam in a total of 45 events throughout the season…Best finish came at the MAC Championships where she finished 1st in the 200-yard butterfly swimming a time of 1:58.13 breaking the school record…She also finished 1st at the MAC Championships in the 200-yard backstroke where she swam a 1:55.23 also setting the Ohio record…Best time in the 100-yard butterfly came at the MAC Championships where she swam a 53.92 finishing with the third fastest time in school history…Best time in the 800-yard freestyle relay came at MAC Championships with a total time of 7:21.74 (fifth fastest in school history), individually swam a 1:48.52 which is sixth fastest in Ohio history…Best time in 400-yard freestyle relay came at MAC Championships with a total time of 3:24.46 (seventh fastest in school history), individually swam a 50.31 which is eighth fastest time in school history…Also posted 2nd fastest time in school history in 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.49…Best time in the 200-yard freestyle came against Marshall on Nov. 14 where she swam a 1:51.35…Best time in the 200-yard medley relay came at the MAC Championships with a time of 1:39.71 setting the fastest time in Ohio history…Best time in the 400-medley relay came at the MAC Championships with a time of 3:39.99 which is the second fastest in program history…



2013-2014: Attended the University of Kentucky... specialty events include backstroke and freestyle... made UK's Dean's List... earned Academic All-American... was an SEC finalist.

High School: swam for the Newcastle swim team under the direction of Chris Reekie and Geof Peart... participated in field hockey and track... was the school's international captain in 2010.

Personal: Born March 20, 1993... daughter to James and Carol Dawson... sister to Rachael Dawson... James, father, was a collegiate runner and soccer player... favorite athlete is Chris Hoy... enjoys church and socializing... majoring in psychology and plans to be a sports psychologist... taught swimming at a home pool for special needs children.