Competed in the 400m IM at the 2008 United State Olympic Trials, finishing 67th with a career-best time of 4:58.26... Finished seventh in the 400 IM (4:16.52) at the SEC Championships - her first career SEC championship finals appearance... Also finished 12th in the 500 free (4:48.70) and 200 back (2:00.49)... Posted NCAA "B" cut times in the 500 free, 200 back and 400 IM... Her top time in the 500 free (4:46.43) came at the SEC Championships... Swam her top 200 back time (1:58.87) at SECs, as well as her top 400 IM time (4:16.43).
Sophomore Season (2006-07)
Posted NCAA provisional qualifying times of 2:04.10 in the 200 IM and 4:20.41 in the 400 IM at the American Short Course Championships... Led Auburn in the 200 back against Florida State with a time of 2:02.13... Also posted a season-best time of 10:04.61 in the 1000 free against Florida State... At the Ralph Crocker Classic, set a personal-best time of 4:54.89 in the 500 free... Competed in the 400m IM at the U.S. Senior Nationals... Won the B Final in the 200 IM at the American Short Course Championships with a "B" cut time of 2:04.10... Also picked up a "B" cut in the 400 IM, finishing fifth with a time of 4:20.41.
Freshman Season (2005-06)
Earned an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:18.64 in the 400 IM at the SEC Championship swimming exhibition ... Also swam exhibition at SEC's in the 200 back (2:03.24) and 200 IM (2:05.22) ... Had two individual event wins during the season - 1000 free at LSU (10:09.87) and 200 IM at the Orange & Blue Invite (2:08.15) ... Finished 16th in the 800 free at the U.S. Open (9:04.63).
Attended Boulder City High Sschool... Swam with the Boulder City Henderson HEATWAVE Swim Team under coach Mike Polk ... 2003 Review Journal HS Swimmer of the Year ... 2004 Nevada HS 500 free champion ... California/Nevada Sectional Champion in the 200 back and 400 IM.
Full name is Blakeley Jane Bunch ... Parents are Blake and Jan Bunch ... Born on May 30, 1987 ... Has one younger brother, Dylan ... Majoring in international business.
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Best non-athletic talent is playing the cello ... Before a competition she has to clean her room ... Listens to music everyday because she loves it and wants to some day own her own music venue.