AS A SENIOR (2010-11): Swam to three individual top ten finishes as well as a fourth-place finish in the 800 free relay at the BIG EAST Championships … the three individual performances consisted of a sixth-place finish in the 200 free (1:49.61), a ninth-place showing in the 500 free (4:52.09) a 10th-place performance in the 1,650 free (16:51.07) … set a personal-best mark of 52.85 in the 100 free at the Shamrock Invitational … recorded the fastest 500 and 1,000 free times on the season by any Irish swimmer while also collecting three of the top five 1,650 free times on the season … earned her first BIG EAST Academic All Star honor as a senior.
AS A JUNIOR (2009-10): Swam in a myriad of events for the Irish over the course of the season, ranging from the 100 free to the 1,650 free … recorded three season-best times at the BIG EAST Championships as she touched the wall in fifth place in the 1,650 (16:43.58), 11th place in the 200 free (1:50.66) and 12th in the 500 free (4:54.58) … set two additional season-best times at the Shamrock Invitational with times of 4:39.52 in the 400 IM and 54.04 in the 100 free … top time on the season in the 1,000 free came against Northwestern, stopping the clock at 10:15.01 … tried her luck in the 200 back at the Hoosierland Invitational and touched the pad in the time of 2:14.64 … led off a 200 free Irish relay against Northwestern and froze the clock at 24.79 after her lead-off leg … that performance was a persona record for the 50 free … swam two of the top 10 200 free times, two of the top five 500 free times, two of the top three 1,000 free times and two of the top five 1,650 times on the season … collected four top three finishes on the season including a win in the 1,000 free against Northwestern.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2008-09): A quality freestyler for the Irish … earned three all-BIG EAST accolades … turned in a third-place finish in both the 500 free (4:50.32) and 1,650 free (16:34.68) at the BIG EAST Championships … member of the BIG EAST and school record-setting 800 free relay (7:13.51) tandem for her first league title … placed sixth in the 200 free (1:49.30) at the BIG EAST meet … raced most of the campaign with a shoulder injury that needed surgery during the offseason.
AS A FRESHMAN (2007-08): Swam the 400 free at the U.S. Olympic Trials … all-BIG EAST in the 800 free relay, taking second in the race … turned in a 50 free time of 25.32 at Minnesota … swam the 100 free in 54.39 during the Shamrock Invitational, beating her previous season-best result of 54.64 set at the Irish Invitational … saved her best swim in the 200 free for the BIG EAST Championships, finishing in 1:51.17 in the final heat … her top 500 free performance came during the league meet as well, a 4:51.86 showing in the final round of competition … went the distance in the 1,000 free at Minnesota in 9:59.47 … best mark in the 1,650 free (16:49.52) came at the beginning of the season during the Husky Invitational, though her 16:52.80 showing at the BIG EAST meet was not far behind … swam the 100 back (1:00.91) and 200 IM (2:11.34) at Toledo … competed in a round of the 100 fly (1:03.33) against Miami.
THE SYLVESTER FILE: Helped set the national 18-under record in the 800 free relay … earned All-America honors all four years as a prep at Germantown (Pa.) … nationally ranked her sophomore, junior and senior seasons … team went undefeated all four years of high school … three-time conference champion … born Dec. 4, 1988, in Philadelphia, Pa. … daughter of Cheryl and Frank Sylvester … oldest of two children … graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in marketing.
Sylvester[apos]s Career Bests
|50 Free||24.79||Northwestern (2010)|
|100 Free||52.85||Shamrock Invite (2011)|
|200 Free||1:49.30||BIG EAST (2009)|
|500 Free||4:50.32||BIG EAST (2009)|
|1,000 Free||9:59.47||Minnesota (2007)|
|1,650 Free||16:34.68||BIG EAST (2009)|
|100 Back||1:00.91||Toledo (2008)|
|200 Back||2:14.64||Hoosierland Invite (2009)|
|100 Fly||1:03.33||Miami (2008)|
|200 IM||2:11.34||Toledo (2008)|
|400 IM||4:36.55||Shamrock Invite (2009)|