Three-time SEC Champion (400 FR, 800 FR, 200 MR)
CSCAA Academic All-American
SEC Academic Honor Roll
First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American
2006-07 SEC Swimming and Diving Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Junior Season (2006-07)
Her time of 48.04 in the 100 free preliminaries at NCAAs set a new Auburn record... Her time of 22.22 in the 200 free relay leadoff at NCAAs ranks fourth all-time at Auburn... A six-time All-American at the NCAA Championships... Led the team and finished eighth (22.41) in the 50 free at NCAAs while also coming in fourth (48.07) in the 100 free... Also earned four All-America honors on relay teams as she swam the leadoff (22.35) on the fourth-place 200 free relay, leadoff (48.10) on the fourth-place 400 free relay, breaststroke (27.41) on the third-place 200 medley relay and freestyle on the sixth-place 400 medley relay... Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll... Finished runner-up in the 100 free (48.05) and 100 breast (1:01.62) while placing third in the 50 free (22.34) at the SEC Championships... Also swam on four of Auburn's relay teams at SECs: swam leadoff (22.62) on the third-place 200 free relay, anchor (48.39) on the winning 400 free relay, anchor (1:46.50) on the winning 800 free relay and the freestyle (21.83) on the winning 200 medley relay... Posted team-best times in the 50 free (22.22), 100 free (48.04) and 100 breast (1:01.62)... Had six of the team's fastest relay splits, going 22.22 as the leadoff in the 200 free relay, 48.10 as the leadoff in the 400 free relay, 48.39 in the anchor in the 400 free relay, the breaststroke (27.41) in the 200 medley relay, the freestyle (21.83) in the 200 medley relay and the freestyle (47.74) in the 400 medley relay... Set career bests in the 50 free with a time of 22.22 as the 200 free relay leadoff at the NCAA Championships and in the 100 free (48.04) in the preliminaries at NCAAs... Competed for the United States at the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand, winning a gold medal as the second leg on the winning 400m free relay team... SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year... Competed at the U.S. Open, swimming on the winning 400 medley relay team and posting a tie for third in the 50m free (26.15).... Also swam the second leg on the 10th-place 800m free relay team.
Sophomore Season (2005-06)
Named to the U.S. World University Games roster... Was a B finalist in the 50m and 100m free's at the U.S. Senior National Championship ... Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Received the Stanley Louis Sugar Memorial Award (recognition for academics and athletics) ... Turned in three season high splits swimming on the 200 and 400 free relay's and the 200 medley relay at the NCAA Championship ... Ledoff the 200 free relay with a 22.72 split, the group finished third with a time of 1:30.25 ... As the leadoff leg on the 400 free relay, split 49.35; the relay finished third ... Swimming the breast leg on the 200 medley relay, split 28.25 ... Added two more All-American honors, with an eight place finish in the 100 free (49.13) and 14th in the 50 free (22.93) ... Swam a career best 48.78 in the in the 100 free prelim ... At the SEC Championship, swam exhibition in the 50 and 100 free's and the 100 breast ... Did not compete for majority of dual meet season due to injury.
Freshman Season (2004-05)
Swam at the Senior National Championship ... Earned three honorable mention All-American honors in the 50 and 100 free's and 100 breast at NCAAs ... Swam anchor for the 200 free relay that swam to an All-American finish (third, 1:29.33) ... Received two more All-American honors competing with the fourth-place 400 medley and fifth-place 200 medley relay's ... Tied for third in the 100 free at SECs in a personal best time of 48.94 ... Also placed third in the 50 free (22.63) and was sixth in the 100 breast (1:02.03) ... Swam on three relay's that finished as runner-up at the SEC Championship (200 and 400 medley and 200 free) and was on the third-place finishing 400 medley relay.
Graduated from Trinity Pacific Christian in 2004 ... Swam for Paul Davidson and Conejo Simi Aquatics ... Swam at the 2004 USA Olympic Trials, placing 28th in the 50 free (26.50), 32nd in the 100 free (57.31) and 34th in the 200 IM (2:20.76) ... Finished fourth in the 100 free and ninth in the 50 free at 2004 Summer Nationals ... 2003 Summer Junior National Champion in the 50 and 100 freestyles as well as the 200 free relay ... Named to the SCS Senior All-Star team for three consecutive years ... Also named to the 2002-2003 USA Swimming Scholastic All-America team.
Full name is Kara Janelle Denby ... Parents are Dennis and Lynn Denby ... Born May 28, 1986 ... Has two siblings, Phillip and Erin ... Brother Phillip swam for Wheaton College ... Majoring in zoology and pre-Med.
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Favorite sports movie is Rudy... Role model in swimming is Fred Bousquet... Favorite restaurant is Olive Garden... Chose Auburn because of the family atmosphere and tradition of the program.