Klara Pavelkova
Klara Pavelkova
Height: 5-10
Year: Senior
Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic
High School: Gymnasium Pripotocni
Position: Back/Sprint Gree

2013-14: Finished her final season by winning the 10-yd back (55.51) at the America East Championships for the third straight year… Also placed fifth in the 200 back (2:02.10) and 12th in the 50 free (24.44) at the conference championships in Worcester, Mass. … In addition, she helped the Retrievers capture a gold medal in the 200 medley relay, and a silver medal in the 400 medley relay at the America East meet… Both of the relay squads broke UMBC school records in the process… Swam a season-best time in the 100 back (55.38) at ECAC Championships at Navy, nearly equaling her school record of 55.28 set during the 2013 season… Named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

2012-13: Won the gold medal in the 100-yd. backstroke and earned a bronze medal in the 200-yd. backstroke at the America East Championships… Also placed 14th in the 50 free at the conference meet… Her time of 55.28 in the event finals of the 100 back set a new UMBC school record… Her prelim time of 2:01.79 in the 200 back ranks fourth in school history… Also helped the 200 medley relay team capture gold and set a new program record (1:42.70)… Against East Carolina, she helped break the UMBC Aquatic Complex record in the 200 medley relay (1:46.06)… Won five individual events during the dual meet season… Named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

2011-12: Won the 100-yd. backstroke in a UMBC school-record time of 55.76 at the America East Championships... Also placed fourth in the 200-yd back with a season-best time of 2:02.70 which ranks as the fourth-fastest in school history... Helped the 200 and 400 medley relays, as well as the 200 free relay team win gold medals at the conference meet held in Boston... Placed fourth in the 100 back at the Patriot Invitational at George Mason... Won the 100 back twice during the dual meet season, against Howard and then against local rivals Loyola and Towson in a tri-dual meet... Also helped the 200 medley relay team defeat the Greyhounds and Tigers... Named to the America East Honor Roll.

2010-11: Placed seventh in the 200-yard backstroke and 11th in the 100-yard backstroke at the Patriot Invitational... Helped the 400 medley relay team claim fourth at the Patriot Invitational... 200 back (2:02.72) and 100 back (57.44) times at the America East Championships prelims rank third and sixth, respectively, on UMBC's all-time list... Best finish in a dual meet was second in the 100 back against Rider... Named to the America East Honor Roll.

Background: Earned a spot on the Czech Republic national team after placing fourth in the 50-meter backstroke at the 2009 Czech Republic Championships… Finished seventh in the 50 back and ninth in the 100 back at the 2010 Czech Republic Winter Championships.

Personal: Daughter of Jindra Donhalova and Ludek Pavelek… Has two younger siblings, Ema and Frantisek… Double majoring in media and communication studies as well as psychology… Born Oct. 5, 1990.