Karim Varela
Year: Senior
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
High School: Benson Poly HS
Position: Butterfly
Placed seventh in the 200 butterfly at the 2002 Big West Championships...Took fifteenth in the 100 butterfly...Had the third fastest time in the 200 Fly for the Gauchos in the 2001-2002 season...Two- time Big West Scholar Athlete.

High School
All-American, Scholastic All-American, and All-League at Benson Poly High School...Record holder in the 100 fly in the Portland Interscholastic League...Coached by Alex Nikitin...Swam Club for Multonomah Athletic Club coached by Alex Nikitin...Also Participated in Tennis.

Born June 12, 1981...Parents are Debra Grostein and Jose Varela-Ibarra...Majoring In Computer Science...Favorite athlete is Rasheed Wallace...Aspires to be a Software Developer after college ...Considered USC, UOP, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and Yale before selecting UCSB.