Jan. 23, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern men’s and women’s swimming and diving hosts Iowa Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Norris Aquatics Center, where the Wildcats will honor its graduating class at Senior Day.
The ‘Cats men enter the match facing the Hawkeyes who are ranked No. 21 in the nation. NU is 5-3-1 and 1-3 in conference play, having tied No. 20 Notre Dame last week. Northwestern’s women’s team enters the dual at 6-5 (1-4 B1G).
Northwestern’s men’s and women’s team each have seven seniors, bringing to total to 14 to be honored at the dual.
Northwestern Men’s Seniors
Dominik Cubelic: This season, Dominik Cubelic has ranked among Northwestern’s top times in four individual categories and swam with the 400 free relay team which posted the ‘Cats best time of the season, at the TYR Invite. A versatile swimmer in the sprint free and backstroke, he ranked among NU’s top times in four different events and was a part of the ‘Cats best relays at the Big Ten Championships. Cubelic posted five NCAA ‘B’ Cut times during his career and was named a CSCAA Scholar All-American honorable mention. He will graduate with a degree in economics. From Glenview, Ill.
Brien Gerber: A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Brien Gerber has finished ranked among NU’s top times in seven categories during his Wildcats career. Swimming the breaststroke and individual medley, he swam in four different events last year at the Big Ten Championships and posted his season bests in four categories in the conference championships as a sophomore in the 2010-11 school year. He will graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering. From Naperville, Ill.
Ross McAuliffe: A member of NU’s sprint free and butterfly groups, Ross McAuliffe swam in the 100 fly, 50 free and 100 free in each of the last three Big Ten Championships and raced in five events last year during the TYR Invitational. He will graduate with a degree in economics. From Shapwick in the United Kingdom.
Nick Pinkerton: Northwestern’s lone senior diver, Pinkerton brings the veteran leadership and experience to the ‘Cats diving corps. He stepped up as NU’s lone diver for most of the season in 2012-13 as a junior. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Pinkerton competed in the 10-meter platform, 3-meter springboard and 1-meter springboard in each of the last three Big Ten Championships. He scored teams points in more than 30 duals during his career for the ‘Cats. He will graduate with a degree in chemical engineering. From Hudson, Ohio.
Tim Smith: A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection serving as the Northwestern Student Athlete Advisory Committee Big Ten representative, Tim Smith is part of the ‘Cats breastroke group. He was named the Male Sports Performance Athlete of the Month is past December, setting the standard for his teammates during the team’s winter training trip.He ranked fourth on NU’s top times list in the 100 breast as a junior and ranked in two categories as a sophomore in 2011-12. In Smith’s three trips to the Big Ten Championships, he swam in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 50 free as well as the 100 fly as a freshman. He will graduate with a degree in civil engineering. From Oakland, Calif.
Chase Stephens: A member of Northwestern's sprint and mid-distance freestyle groups, Chase Stephens qualified for his first-career NCAA Championships last season after posting career-best times in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events at the Big Ten Championships. At the NCAA Championships, Stephens placed in the 100 free and 50 free. Named a two-time Academic All-Big Ten, he leads Northwestern this season with top times in the 50 free, which ranked as an NCAA ‘B’ Cut time, the 100 and 200 free and also posted a top time in the 500 free. Stephens also swam for the Wildcats relay times that recorded top times this season in the 200, 400 and 800 free relay and the 200 and 400 medley relay. He posted the ‘Cats top times in three events each of the last two years. He will graduate with a degree in economics with a minor in business institutions. From Madison, Wis.
Matt Wilcox: An active member in the Northwestern community with Design for America and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Matt Wilcox is part of the ‘Cats sprint freestyle unit. He ranked among NU’s top times this season in the 50, 100 and 200 free and was part of the ‘Cats top 200 free relay team. A CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention, Wilcox competed in the 50, 100 and 200 free in each of the last three Big Ten Championships. He posted a pair of NCAA ‘B’ Cut Times during his career. He will graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering. From Bemidji, Minn.
Northwestern Women’s Seniors
Mary Kate Campbell: A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Campbell is a key member of Northwestern’s strong diving corps for the last four years. She competed in all three diving events at the Big Ten championships as a freshman and junior. Campbell recorded a career best 267.60 1-meter dive at the 2012 TYR Invite in the championship finals to finish second overall. Campbell scored points with top-five dual meet finishes more than 30 times in her Northwestern career. She will graduate with a degree in journalism. From Burr Ridge, Ill.
Fallon Fitzpatrick: A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Fallon Fitzpatrick remains very active in the Northwestern community as the Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), where she had previously been the community service liaison on the executive board before taking the role as Co-Presidnet. A butterfly and freestyle swimmer, Fitzpatrick had strong showing in the past two Big Ten championships, swimming career highs in the 100 fly, besting her time from 2011, in addition to the 200 fly and 500 free last season. She will graduate with a degree in human communication sciences. From Delray Beach, Fla.
Megan Goss: Specializing in breaststroke and distance events for Northwestern, Megan Goss finished ranked among the Wildcats top times 15 times in her career. Goss, was instrumental, along with Jackie Powell and all of her teammates, in organizing the incredibly successful inaugural "Breaststroke4BreastCancer" event in October that raised five digits of money for local cancer research. She was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She competed in the free, breast and IM the last three Big Ten Championships. She will graduate with a degree in psychology with a minor in human communication studies. From Brentwood, Tenn.
Cosima Lenz: A member of Northwestern’s strong diving corps, Cosima Lenz ranks as the ‘Cats top diver of the fall season each of the last two seasons. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten, she scored points for NU in all three diving heights during last year’s Big Ten Championships and was named Big Ten Diver of the Week in November of 2011. She will graduate with a degree in German with a minor in global health studies. From Altadena, Calif.
Jackie Powell: A versatile member of Northwestern’s freestyle stroke and back stroke group, Powell rebounded after missing most of her junior season with an injury to post the Wildcats top times in the 50, 100 and 200 free this season, in addition to being part of three of NU’s top relay teams in the 200, 400 and 800 free relay. Powell, was instrumental, along with Meagan Goss and all of her teammates, in organizing the incredibly successful inaugural "Breaststroke4BreastCancer" event in October that raised five digits of money for local cancer research. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Powell ranked in NU’s top times in every category form the 50 to 1,000 as a sophomore and made a big impact as a freshman, posting the ‘Cats top time in the 100 and 200 free and ranking in the top five in seven categories, Powell posted NCAA ‘B’ Cut times five times during her career and swam strong times in the Big Ten Championships each of the last three years. She will graduate with a degree in social policy with a minor in global health studies. From Madison, Wis.
Becca Soderholm: Swimming for Northwestern’s distance stroke and individual medley groups, Becca Soderholm was named a two-time Academic All-Big Ten and CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention. This season she posted NU’s second best times in the 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM. During her career, Soderholm swam four NCAA ‘B’ Cut Times. She swam career bests at the Big Ten Championships during her first two seasons, which she surpassed in the fall season as a junior. In 2011, Soderholm had a strong showing in the AT&T Winter Nationals in Atlanta in December, finishing 15th overall in the 400 IM, posting a career-best in the 2012 Olympic Trials long course. She will graduate with a degree in sociology with a minor in the business institutions program. From Madison, Wis.
Erin Sosdian: A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar winner and two-time All-Big Ten selection, Erin Sosdian is a member of the Wildcats middle distance and distance freestyle groups, also competing in the backstroke. She ranks in NU’s top times in three categories this season and has posted top-five finishes in 19 top times categories throughout her career. Sosidan has swam in the back, free in the Big Ten Championships in addition to the medley and free relay teams during the last three seasons. She will graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and will be working for ExxonMobil in the subsea and pipelines group after graduation. From the Woodlands, Texas.
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