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     Ari Bernstein
    Ari Bernstein

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    River Forest, Ill.

    High School:
    Oak Park-River Forest

    Event:
    Butterfly/Freestyle


    2005-06: Completed the 100 fly in 49.95 to take fifth place at the Horizon League Championships... part of school record-setting 800 free relay (6:50.37) at the league finals...placed seventh overall in the 200 fly finals (1:54.29)...earned a 100 fly win against Valparaiso with a time of 51.42... won the 100 fly in 51.24 against Iowa...won the 100 fly (52.37) at Eastern Illinois...swam a second-place 2:00.15 at UW-Milwaukee...runner-up in the 200 free (1:46.34) against Saint Louis and Western Illinois...placed second in both the 200 IM (2:03.15) and 100 free (48.39) against Butler...took second in the 100 fly with 51.30 and swam a 1:46.54 in the 200 free against Ball State...finished second in the 200 fly at the Bill Ritter Invitational with a time of 1:57.10...posted a 51.40 to take a close third in the 100 fly at the Bill Ritter Invitational... led team with second-place 1:56.92 in the 200 fly at Cleveland State.

    2004-05: Team's leading swimmer in the 500 freestyle with a 4:48.37 at the league finals...won the 200 freestyle against Eastern Illinois with a 1:46.03, his top time of the year...swam a 1:48.25 in winning the 200 freestyle against Western Illinois...won the 500 freestyle against Saint Louis with a 4:53.49...took the 200 free title against Valparaiso with a 1:47.84...swam a season-best 22.33 in the 50 freestyle against the Crusaders...turned in season-best 47.32 in the 100 freestyle at the Horizon League Championships...established team's second-best time of the year in the 100 butterfly with a 50.88 at the league finals.

    2003-04: Broke his own school record in the 100 butterfly, swimming a 49.38 to take second place at the Horizon League Championships...part of two school record relays at league championships that smashed previous school-best marks he helped set in 2003...led off record 400 free relay (3:01.99) while swimming in 400 medley relay that set school record with a 3:22.93...posted team's season-best time in the 500 free, pacing himself to a 4:39.77 at the league finals that was good for eighth place overall...set new career time in the 100 free, racing to a 45.74 at the league meet...shared UIC's Most Improved Swimmer honor for the second consecutive season.

    2002-03: Raced to a then-school record 49.76 in the 100-yard butterfly to take third place at the Horizon League Championships...teamed with Enric Claret, LeRoy Stevens and Adan Jimenez to establish new school records in the 200 medley relay (1:33.53), 400 medley relay (3:24.99) and 400 freestyle relay (3:03.52)...nabbed two first-place finishes in the 50 free...posted two wins in the 100 butterfly...shared the team's Most Improved Swimmer award...set career best in the 50 free with a 21.33 at the league meet...established career-low time in the 200-yard butterfly, swimming a 2:00.34 against Cleveland State.

    Prep/Personal: Lettered three years on the Oak Park-River Forest swimming team...earned All-State second team honors...placed 12th in the 50 free at the 2002 IHSA finals...also lettered two seasons on the lacrosse team...full name is Ariel Bernstein...born September 3, 1984...son of Robert Bernstein and Denice Markham...major is environmental science.

    Career Best Times

    Event			Time		Date
    50-yard Freestyle	   	21.33		3-1-03
    100-yard Freestyle	   	45.74		2-28-04
    500-yard Freestyle	       4:39.77		2-26-04
    100-yard Butterfly	   	49.38*		2-27-04
    200-yard Butterfly	       2:00.34		2-1-03
    

    * UIC Record