Barbara Harris

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Barbara Harris qualified twice for the Olympic Games’ women’s swimming trials and earned honorable mention All-America at Northwestern University. She was a high
school All-America at Mount Pleasant High School, where at age 17 she was the only Delaware female to swim in the Olympic trials. During her illustrious career at Northwestern, Barbara was a
three-time Big Ten Conference backstroke champion and made the All-Big Ten women’s swim team three consecutive years. In addition, Barbara qualified for the 1988 NCAA women’s swimming championship in
three individual and four relay events. She formerly held Northwestern women’s swim records in two individual and four relay events. In one season at Northwestern, Barbara was named to the Big Ten
and All-America women’s All-Academic swim squads. In her senior year as a Wildcat, she was named the state’s “Outstanding Female Swimmer” by the Illinois Swimming Association. Barbara excelled on the
Mount Pleasant High School girls swim team, where she set three individual school records and two relay marks. Competing in the state championships, she set a University of Delaware pool record in
the 100-meter backstroke – a record that endured for more than a dozen years. Barbara also was a double winner in the state women’s swim championship as a senior at Mt. Pleasant and was named the
school’s outstanding scholar-athlete. In addition, she swam competitively for the Wilmington Aquatic Club. Barbara currently practices veterinary medicine in Delaware. 



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