Natasha Menezes Athlete Profile

Natasha Menezes

Natasha Menezes
Position: Distance Height: 5-7 Roster Years: 2006-2010 Hometown: Centennial, CO Last School: Cherry Creek High School

Personal

Parents are Ron and Melanie ... recruited by Stanford, UCLA, Texas A&M and Princeton ... sister Michelle currently swims for BYU ... majoring in American studies.

Before BYU

Helped lead Cherry Creek High School to three league titles (2004, 2005, 2006) and two Colorado state championships (2005, 2006) ... 500 free Colorado state high school record holder ... Colorado State High School Female Swimmer of the Year ... High School All-American ... top-10 finisher at Junior Nationals ... two-time 200 free state champion (2005 and 2006) ... 100 free state champion in 2006 ... Denver Post Honor Athlete of the Week ... CCHS Honor Athlete ... AP Scholar ... National Merit Hispanic Scholar ... Principals Academic Top-10.




2006-2007 | Freshman Year

Helped the Cougars win the MWC Championship and recorded MWC titles in the 500 free (4:53.28), 400 free relay (3:26.45) and 800 free relay (7:20.49) ... placed second in the 1650 free (16:53.89) at the MWCC and tallied five All-MWC awards won the 500 and 1000 free four different times (TCU, Wyoming, CSU and UNLV) ... totaled 22 first-place finishes during regular-season competition, 18 individual and four relay helped BYU win the Speedo Cup with first-place finishes in the 500 free (4:55.30), 1650 free (17:10.44), 400 free relay (3:29.24) and 800 free relay (7:32.36) ... earned a third-place mark in the 200 free (1:51.49) at the Speedo Cup.

2007-2008 | Sophomore Year

Named to the All-MWC Team for her performance in the 200 and 500 free as she placed first in both events at the MWC Championships ... both of the winning times she recorded in the 200 and 500 free at the MWCC were season-best times of 1:49.09 and 4:51.52, respectively ... swam the anchor leg of the 800 free relay team that took first place at the MWCC (7:18.88) ... swam her best time of the season in the 1000 free (10:08.15) at the Phill Hansel Duals ... took first place against Air Force in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.85.

2008-2009 | Junior Year

Tallied 21 first-place finishes on the season more wins than any other Cougar ... named to the All-Mountain West Conference team for her performance in the 500 free, 200 free, 1650 free and 400 free relay at the MWC Championships ... competed in all nine dual meets of the season for the Cougars ... won the 500 free title at MWCC with a preliminary time of 4:47.54, a new MWC and BYU all-time record in the event ... finished second in the 200 free at MWCC with a time of 1:47.44, a new BYU all-time record ... finished first in the 1650 free at MWCC, breaking the MWC all-time record in the event with a time of 16:30.20, 13 seconds ahead of second place ... swam on the first-place 400 free relay team at MWCC ... finished first in the 500 and 1000 free against Utah with times of 4:58.77 and 10:25.90, respectively ... named MWC Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 27, 2009 for her performance against Air Force and Wyoming ... finished first in the 500 free against Wyoming with a time of 5:00.73 ... three seconds off her mothers pool record in the 500 free, Menezes won the event against Air Force with a time of 4:59.62 ... won the 500 and 1000 free against CSU with times of 5:05.88 and 10:29.10, respectively ... swam on the winning 400 free relay team at the Nike Cup, posting a time of 3:24.39 ... finished third in the 200 free at the Nike Cup with a time of 1:51.20 ... finished first in both the 1650 free and 500 free with respective times of 16:53.44 and 4:50.95 at the Nike Cup ... placed first in the 500 free, five seconds in front of second place with a time of 4:50.95 at the Nike Cup ... named MWC female Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 11, 2008 for her performance at the Anteater Shootout ... finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 200 (1:50.65) and 500 freestyle (5:54.31) events on the second day at the Anteater Shootout ... led the distance team at the Anteater Shootout, winning the 200 free, 500 free and 1650 free with times of 1:50.92, 4:57.07 and 17:02.37, respectively ... won the 1000 free at the New Mexico/NAU meet with a time of 10:24.79 ... placed first in the 200 free in the first conference meet of the season against TCU with a time of 1:50.30, also placing first in the 500 free with a time of 4:55.92 ... finished first in the 200 free and 500 free at the Blue and White Meet to kickoff the season with respective times of 1:50.60 and 4:57.94.

2009-2010 | Senior Year

Awarded the Senior Recognition Award for a stellar season in the distance events ... finished second in the 200 and 500 free and placed fourth in the mile swim at the MWC Championships ... has tallied 79 first-place finishes in her tenure at BYU ... ranked third in the MWC in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.71, achieved at MWCC ... ranked second in the MWC in the 500 free with a time of 4:48.65 (MWCC) ... ranked fifth in the 1000 free (10:17.07) for a personal best achieved against Arizona State ... ranked fourth in the 1650 free with a time of 16:48.73 at MWCC ... named All-MWC, Academic All-MWC and a MWC Scholar Athlete ... broke the 200 free BYU pool record with a time of 1:50.57, the old pool record was held by Anna Crandall (1:50.62) ... with her mother in attendance, she broke the 500 free BYU pool record that stood for 27 years, held by her mother, Melanie Rile-Menezes. The previous record was 4:56.87 and Natasha touched the wall with a time of 4:55.46.