Two Aztecs named Arthur Ashe Jr. Award semifinalists
SAN DIEGO STATE 2014-15
Earned all-Mountain West honors in the 200 backstroke and the 800 freestyle relay … Placed fifth in the 200 backstroke at the conference meet in 1:58.29 … Member of the third-place 800 freestyle relay squad that went 7:10.21, the second-fastest time in program history … Turned in a time of 2:00.51 in the 200 individual medley at the A3 Performance Invitational, the fourth-fastest time ever by an Aztec swimmer in that event … Was also on an 800 freestyle relay team that turned in the eighth-best time in program history (7:23.97) at the A3 Performance Invitational and was a member of the 200 freestyle relay squad that went 1:33.08 in the dual meet vs. Hawai’i, ninth-best time by the Aztecs … Set the Aztec Aquaplex record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:59.83 in the meet vs. Pacific on Jan. 24 … Was also on the pool record-setting 200 freestyle relay (1:33.08) and 400 freestyle relay (3:31.29) at the same meet … Recorded the sixth-fastest time ever at the Aztec Aquaplex in the 200 freestyle (1:50.17) in the double dual meet vs. Nevada and Rice on Jan. 9 … Member of the Mountain West All-Academic team and was named a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2013-14
Was an all-Mountain West honoree in the 200 individual medley, 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke ... Also recognized as an all-conference performer in the 400 and 800 freestyle relays ... Her time of 1:47.15 (third place) in the 200 free at the MW Championships ranks third on the SDSU all-time record list ... Her mark of 2:01.10 (seventh place) at the conference meet ranks fifth in the SDSU record book ... Also turned in the second-fastest time in program history in the 200 back (1:55.43 - first place) at the league championships ... Her 400 (3:16.69) and 800 (7:06.64) free relay teams at the MW Championships both set school records ... Competed on the 800 free relay squad that finished 26th at the 2014 NCAA Championships ... Had a pair of all-time top 10 individual event times for the Aztec Aquaplex: 200 backstroke (2:02.32 - fifth) and 200 IM (2:06.22 - ninth) ... Also swam on the 800 free relay team that set an Aquaplex record with a time of 7:26.95 ... Ended the season with five first-place, three second-place and seven third-place finishes in individual races ... Named a 2014 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete and was a member of the 2014 Mountain West All-Academic Team.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2012-13
Has her freshman season ended prematurely due to injury in early January ... Still managed to turn in four individual and five relay times that ranks among the all-time SDSU top 10 ... At the Pacific Invitational (Oct. 19-20), her time of 1:50.17 in the 200 free ranked as the eighth-fastest in school history ... In the relays, her marks of 1:34.30 in the 200 free relay and 7:35.27 in the 800 free relay ranked sixth and eighth respectively ... At the Arena Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., (Nov. 15-17), she went 1:57.26 in the 200 backstroke (second-fastest in SDSU history), 2:01.83 in the 200 individual medley (fourth fastest) and 55.78 in the 100 backstroke (eighth-fastest) ... She also helped record three Aztec top 10 relay times at that meet: 1:33.04 in the 200 free relay (fifth), 3:24.95 in the 400 free relay (10th) and 7:29.86 in the 800 free relay (sixth) ... During the abbreviated season, she recorded seven first-place finishes, one second and three thirds in individual events ... Named a 2013 Mountain west Scholar-Athlete and was a member of the Mountain West All-Academic Team.
Was a three-year letterwinner as a swimmer at Othello High School in Othello, Wash. ... Was coached there by Tony St. Onge ... Was rated the No. 3 swimmer in the state of Washington by CollegeSwimming.com ... Concluded her career having won state titles in six different individual events while setting five state meet records during her three seasons while competing for Othello HS ... As a senior she captured the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle state titles to earn 2A Swimmer of the Meet honors ... Was named the Tri-City Herald All-Area Swimmer of the Year on three occasions ... Qualified and participated in the 2012 Olympic Trials in both the 200 IM and 200 backstroke ... Did not compete for Othello as a sophomore after opting to play volleyball that year as a middle hitter ... Top times included 23.16 in the 50 free, 50.41 in the 100 free, 1:59.85 in the 200 back and 2:03.92 in the 200 IM ... Class valedictorian ... Member of the Associated Student Body ... Homecoming queen as a senior ... National Honor Society member.
Was a member of the Tri-City Channel Cats swim club where she was coached by Todd Stafek ... Competed in the U.S. Open and U.S. Nationals meets.
Natilee Elizabeth Ruiz was born April 14, 1994, in Othello, Wash. ... Daughter of Benjamin Ruiz, Jr. and Linda Snyder ... Father played college football while two brothers compete in football, wrestling and baseball in high school ... Enjoys fishing, camping, hunting, cliff jumping and spending time with family and friends ... Majoring in child and family development at SDSU with an eye towards a career working with children with special needs.