Monday, 6/9/97 Annette Salmeen Swimming

Annette Salmeen has achieved at every level of competition, from
winning her city title to an Olympic gold medal at the Atlanta
Olympics. It has been five years since Salmeen first dipped her toe
in the UCLA pool. In that time, she has enjoyed a successful
collegiate career, breaking several pool and meet records. To top
off her Bruin swim career, Salmeen won the gold medal in the
200-meter butterfly at the NCAA championships. The four-year
All-American also earned a bronze medal at the World University
Games in Japan during the summer of 1995. However, the highlight of
her career came during the Summer Olympic Games of 1996, where she
tied for 12th in the 200-meter butterfly and won a gold medal as a
member of the U.S. 800-meter freestyle relay. Despite her great
success in the pool, Salmeen’s talents do not end on the pool deck.
She has also shown an enormous amount of dedication and excellence
in the classroom as well. Salmeen has a GPA of 3.94 in chemistry.
Her academic achievements were acknowledged with a Rhodes
Scholarship. Thus, in the fall she will attend Oxford University
and pursue her graduate education in biochemistry as she heads
towards her goal of becoming a biochemistry professor. Following on
her dreams of becoming a scientist, Salmeen has also worked in a
lab on campus. "Life here at UCLA has been great," Salmeen said.
"The combination of a great chemistry department and a good swim
program is what brought me here." And as she heads to a country
known for its lack of sunny days, Salmeen adds another reason for
her attraction to UCLA. "The weather is also very nice." By Arin
Aboulian, Daily Bruin Contributor. Annette Salmeen