Ann Arbor Huron
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Annette Salmeen, class of 2004



Annette Salmeen is a 1992 graduate of Huron High School. At Huron, Annette distinguished herself in the classroom and as a student-athlete. A two-time co-captain of the girls swimming team, Annette was a three-time state champion in the 500-yard freestyle and also a state champion in the 100-yard butterfly. She still holds four Huron varsity swim records. Annette went on to swim at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. She was a four-year All-American at UCLA and a co-captain, setting school records in the 200 freestyle, the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly. In 1996, she was the UCLA Female Athlete of the Year, NCAA champion in the 200-meter butterfly and won the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200-meter butterfly. At the 1996 Olympics, she earned a gold medal as part of the 800-meter freestyle relay. Annette earned an NCAA Top Eight Award for excellence in academics and athletics, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society and earned the UCLA Chemistry Department Dolores Cannon Southam Award for Excellence in Research, the Dunn Prize for Excellence in Chemistry and the McCoy Award for Excellence in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She also received the Outstanding Senior Award from the UCLA Alumni Association and a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship. Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, Annette earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry at Oxford University in Oxford, United Kingdom. She received the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship and currently is a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University Medical School.

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