Aztecs First After Opening Day at MW Championships
SAN DIEGO STATE 2010-11
Earned all-Mountain West honors in four events at the annual conference championship meet ... Finished second in both the 500 free and 1650 free with times of 4:47.88 and 16:35.73 respectively ... Both of those times rank as the third-fastest in school history ... In addition, her split of 9:59.05 for 1000 yards in the 1650 free is the second-best time ever for an SDSU swimmer ... Placed fourth at the MWC championships in the 400 individual medley where her time of 4:17.68 established a new Aztec record ... Was also a member of the first-place 800 free relay squad at the MW meet that set a school record with a time of 7:11.69 ... Had a pair of firsts and five second in the 1000 free in dual meet competition during the season ... Was also involved in five events than ended with times that rank among the top 10 at the Aztec Aquaplex ... Against Brigham young on Nov. 4, had the second-fastest time for the Aquaplex in the 1000 free (10:09.45) and fourth-best for the 500 free (4:57.93) ... Her 4:30.26 in the 400 IM against Oregon State on Oct. 2 ranks no. 2 in pool history ... Was on the 800 free relay team that turned in the third-fastest time in pool history (7:41.721) on Jan. 7 and the 200 free relay squad that had the eighth-best time 91:40.34) on Jan. 8.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2009-10
Finished third in the 1650 freestyle (16:43.01) and sixth in the 400 individual medley (4:26.44) at the Mountain West Conference Championships to earn all-conference honors in those two events ... Her time in the 1650 free ranks as the third-fastest ever for an SDSU swimmer ... Was also a member of the 800 free relay team that won that event and set a school record (7:15.57) ... During the season also entered the SDSU all-time record lists with the second-best time for an Aztec in the 1000 free (10:05.40) and third-fastest mark in the 500 free (4:51.53) ... Her time of 4:24.78 in the 400 IM in the prelims at the MWC Championships ranks as the second-fastest time in SDSU history ... In dual meet competition turned in five first-place and two second-place finishes in the 500 free.
Attended Benowa State High School... One of the top distance swimmers in her native country, she participated in the Olympic trials in 2008 ... A Queensland State medalist four years and a national age group medalist on three occasions ... Top times include 4:44.89 in the 500 free, 9:58.8 in the 1,000 free and 1:49.3 in the 200 free ... won bronze at the 2008 Australian Age championships in the 400m free and 400m individual medley ... Took second at the 2008 Telstra Short Course Championships in the 800m free.
Melanie Renee Ella Garibaldi was born Sept. 13, 1990, in Beaudesert, Australia ... Daughter of Alan and Monica Garibaldi ... Enjoys the beach and shopping ... An education major with plans to pursue a career as a primary school teacher.