Northwestern honors six member Senior Class with dominating performances
2014-15: Member of Northwestern’s breaststroke group … Academic All-Big Ten … Ranked in three different events on NU’s top times list following the season … Had the Wildcats’ fastest time of the year in the 200 breast, was third in the 100 breast and fourth in the 400 IM … Swam a season-best and NCAA ‘B’ cut of 1:58.81 in the bonus final of the 200 breast at the Big Ten Championships to finish 20th … Also competed in the 100 breast (34th) and 50 free (71st) at the B1G meet … In his best event, the 200 breast, finished fourth at Northwestern’s home TYR Invitational (11/21-11/23) … Also scored points for NU at the TYR in the 100 breast (11th), 50 breast (14th) and the 200 fly (16th) while earning a second swim in the bonus final of the 200 IM, where he placed 20th … Swam both breaststroke events at the AT&T U.S. Winter Nationals (12/3-12/6), where he achieved season-best times in each event … Won the 200 breast in dual meets against Eastern Michigan (10/16), UIC/Oakland (10/25) and Milwaukee (1/16) … Finished second in the 200 breast and fourth in the 100 breast with a pair of unrested then-season-best times at Iowa (1/24) … Overall, secured points for NU with 14 different top-five finishes in dual meet races … Outside of the pool, organized the “drafting” of local 5-year-old Justin Henry onto the team through the Team IMPACT program … Henry was diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia as a two-month-old.
2013-14: CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Posted four NU top times in the 100 back, 100 breast, 400 IM, and the 200 IM ... Competed at the Big Ten Championships in the 400 IM, 100 breast, and the 200 breast ... Finished 19th overall and first for NU with a B cut time of 3:54.04 in the 400 IM ... Finished 23rd overall and second for NU in the Bonus Final of the 100 breast with a B cut time of 55.08 ... Finished 24th overall and first for NU in the Bonus final of the 200 breast with a B cut time of 1:58.99 ... Competed in the TYR Finals in the 50 breast finishing ninth, 200 IM finishing sixth with the third NU top time of 1:51.95, 100 breast finishing fifth, and the 200 breast finishing second ... Finished first in the 200 breast and third in the 100 breast vs. E. Mich./Illinois (10/18) ... Finished fourth in the 100 back, first in the 200 breast, and seventh in the 200 IM vs. WKU (10/25) ... Finished second in the 100 breast, first in the 200 breast, and seventh in the 400 IM vs. UIC/Wyoming (11/9) ... Finished second in the 200 breast, fourth in the 400 IM, and third in the 100 breast vs. Wisconsin (11/15) ... Finished seventh in the 100 breast and 200 IM, and fourth in the 200 breast vs. ND, Michigan (1/11)... Finished fifth in the 100 breast, third in the 200 breast, and sixth in the 200 IM vs. Iowa (1/25) ... Finished second in the 200 fly vs. Milwaukee (1/31).
2012-13: Stepped right in as an important member of Northwestern's breaststroke and individual medley groups ... Ranked on NU's top times list in five different events, owning the Wildcats' best time in the 200 breast while ranking second in the 400 IM and 100 breast, third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 200 fly ... Earned second swims in all three of his Big Ten Championships events with NCAA `B' consideration times ... Dropped 4.79 seconds from his seed in the prelims of the 200 breast to swim a `B' effort of 1:57.91 and qualify for the scoring consolation final, where he further lowered that time to 1:57.30 to score three points for NU in 14th place ... His 1:57.30 made him the third-fastest Wildcat in the 200 breast in program history ... Dropped 2.04 seconds from his seed in the 100 breast to pick up a `B' cut of 55.05 before finishing 21st overall after a 55.25 in the bonus final ... Made a massive 8.5 second improvement from his seed in the 400 IM to make the bonus final of that event in a `B' time of 3:53.07 before going even faster at night to take 19th place with a 3:52.29 ... CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention ... Won the 200 breast at Northwestern's own four-team TYR Invitational (11/16-11/18) with a 2:03.16, dropping 3.16 seconds from his prelim time ... Made five total championship finals at the TYR, also earning runner-up status in the 400 IM, third-place points in the 100 breast and 200 IM and sixth-place points in the 50 breast ... After entering the 400 IM field at the TYR with a seed time of 4:10.03, lowered that to 4:07.11 in the prelims and 4:01.57 in the finals ... Chopped 3.74 seconds off his prelim time in the 200 IM with a 1:53.81 in the finals ... Dominant in the 200 breast during the year, finishing in the top three in the race every time he swam it, including wins or top-two finishes in every meet after the TYR ... Scored dual-meet points with 15 top-five finishes ... Won the 200 breast at Milwaukee (1/16) ... Was second in both the 100 and 200 breast events against Purdue (11/3) ... Swam a then-season-best 2:02.12 to finish second in the 200 breast and a then-season-best 57.09 in the 100 breast at Iowa (1/26).
High School: Ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Minnesota and No. 63 overall in the nation by Collegeswimming.com... Competed eight years of club with the Aquajets Swim Team, winning multiple state championships ... Competed with the USA National Junior Team for multiple seasons, finishing fifth in the 200 breast in 2010 at Junior Nationals ... Served on USA Swimming's Rules and Regulations committee ... Honor Roll and National Honor Society member ... Executive intern.
Personal: Born Van Ulrich Donkersgoed ... Son of Sue and Bob Donkersgoed ... Chose Northwestern over Stanford, Michigan and Florida State ... Double major in social policy and legal studies.