2007-08: Member of Northwestern's backstroke group ... Competed in the 100 bacdk, 200 back and 50 free at the Big Ten Championships ... Ranked third on Northwestern's top times list on the year in the 200 back ... Had two third-place dual-meet finishes on the year, taking third in the 100 back against Illinois-Chicago (10/27) and in the 50 free versus Carthage and Olivet (1/12) ... Qualified for the consolation finals of both the 100 back and 200 back at the Georgia Invitational (11/30-12/2) ... 2007-2008 Acadmic All-Big Ten honoree.
2006-07: Competed in the 50 free, 100 back and 200 back at the Big Ten Championships ... Earned his best finish of the season when he took second place in the 200 back against Carthage ... Made the `B' final in both the 100 and 200 back at the TYR Invitational ... Earned a third-place finish in the 100 back against Hawaii ... Best time of the dual season in the 200 back came in the double dual against Michigan and Ohio State (1:52.00).
2005-06: Recorded the team's second-best time of the year in the 200 back with a then-personal-best 1:50.26 at the Big Ten Championships ... Participated in the bonus final of that event ... Recorded the team's third-best time of the year in the 100 back with a 50.82 at the Big Ten Championships during the prelims, a personal-best time that earned him a swim in the bonus final ... Also swam in the 200 IM at the Big Ten Championships, swimming a personal-best 1:58.04 in the event ... Was part of the relay team that won the 300 yard backstroke relay with a time of 2:37.54 at the NU Relays ... Finished third in the 100 yard backstroke against Wisconsin.
2004-05: Ended the season as the third-fastest Wildcat in the 200 back, recording a time of 1:51.88 against Iowa (2/4) ... Earned second place-finishes in the 1000 free against UW-Milwaukee (10/22) and the 200 back against Notre Dame (1/22) ... Recorded a pair of top-five finishes in the two backstroke events against Indiana (11/5) ... Swam to a fourth-place finish in the 100 back against Purdue (11/11).
High School: Massachusetts state champion in the 100 back ... Two-year letterwinner for the Wellesley Raiders ... Member of the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic Teams in 2003 ... South/Central Massachusetts Champion as a sophomore ... Set four different records for his high school swim team ... Member of the Bay State Conference All-Star Team ... Swam for the New England Barracudas club team for seven years ... Part of the record-breaking 400 freestyle relay team in New England ... Class vice president for a year ... Made the Honor Roll 15 times ... Member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society ... Earned an AP National Scholar Award.
Personal: Born Eric Matthew Nakano Simpson on 6/21/86 ... Son of James Simpson and Jeannie Nakano ... Chose NU over Harvard ... Majoring in materials science.
SIMPSON'S PERSONAL BESTS
|100 Back ||50.82 |
|200 Back ||1:50.00|
|200 IM ||1:58.04|