Becca Soderholm earns a consolation final berth in the 400 IM with an NCAA 'B' time
2012-13: Talented distance freestyle newcomer ... Ranked on NU's top times list for the year in six different events while also swimming with the Wildcats' top 800 free relay of the season ... Had Northwestern's top times of the year in every freestyle event from the 200 up to the 1,650 and ranked fifth for NU in both backstroke distances ... Led off NU's top 800 free relay of the year with a 1:48.23 at the Big Ten Championships, ranking her eighth on NU's all-time top times list in the 200 free ... Scored points at the Big Ten meet with a 13th-place 16:38.35 in the mile, making her the seventh-quickest all-time at NU in that event ... Earned a second swim in the 500 free at the conference meet where her 4:49.23 in the bonus final led to an 18th-place result and the No. 7 spot on NU's all-time top times list at that distance ... Also competed individually in the 200 free (29th) at the Big Ten Championships ... Her top 1,000 free time of 10:02.84 recorded in a double dual against Michigan and Notre Dame (1/12) ranked her eighth on NU's all-time top times list in the event ... Captured second overall at NU's own six-team TYR Invitational (11/16-11/18) in the 500 free and the 1,650 free (in a season-best time of 16:51.40) ... Was seventh in the 200 back at the TYR while winning the consolation final of the 200 free and finishing 10th overall in the 100 back ... At the seven-team Iowa Invitational (11/30-12/2), had three top-eight finishes ... Captured fifth in the 200 free after a season-best 1:50.31 in the prelims ... Took sixth in the 500 free after a season-best 4:51.68 in the prelims ... Was seventh in the mile in Iowa City ... Won two events in each of her first two collegiate dual meets, capturing the 500 and 1,000 freestyles against Illinois (10/19) and the 200 free and 200 back versus UIC (11/2) ... Also won the 1,000 free against ranked foes Michigan and Notre Dame in a double dual (1/12) ... Had 14 total point-scoring top-five dual meet finishes on the season.
High School: Ranked a four-star recruit by Swimming World Magazine and as the ninth-best recruit in the state of Maryland by Collegeswimming.com ... Two-time NISCA All-American in the 500 freestyle ... Two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American ... As a sophomore, earned Montgomery County Gazette All-Gazette second team and Washington PostAll-Metropolitan honorable mention honors ... Was All-Gazette first team and All-Metropolitan second team as a junior ... Won the County Championship in the 500 free in both 2010 and 2011 while finishing runner-up in the event at the 2011 Washington Metropolitan Championships ... Holds team records in the 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 100 back, 100 fly and 200 IM ... Swam with the Rockville Montgomery Swim Club beginning in 2008 ... Is a Senior National qualifier and national's team captain ... Holds club records in the 500 and 1,000 freestyles in the 15-16 year-old age group and the 800 freestyle mark in the 17-18 year-old age group ... Has been on the 4.0 Honor Roll for every year since she was a freshman ... Active SGA member ... President of the National Honor Society and member of the Spanish Honor Society.
Personal: Born Ellen Casey Anderson ... Daughter of Allan and Margaret Anderson ... Has two older brothers, one of whom ran varsity track at Maryland ... Coaches a summer league and stroke clinic while also working as a lifeguard ... Chose Northwestern over Virginia and Purdue ... Plans to major in economics.