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    Liza Engstrom
    Liza Engstrom

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Reno, Nev.

    High School:
    Robert McQueen

    Height:
    5-7

    Event:
    Back



    ENGSTROM'S PERSONAL BESTS
    Event Personal Best
    50 freestyle 23.25
    100 back 54.01
    200 back 1:57.10

    2010-11: Northwestern's top swimmer in both backstroke distances ... CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Swam on NU's top 200 medley, 400 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays, earning NCAA `B' cuts with all four at the Big Ten Championships ... The 2011 400 medley ranks second on NU's all-time top times list while the 200 medley is fifth and the 200 free is sixth ... Swam career-best times in all three of her events at the Big Ten Championships ... Broke her own school record in the 100 back with a 54.01 leadoff 100 back split during 400 medley relay competition ... Took 11th in the 100 back with an NCAA `B' time of 54.62 ... Scored a point with a 16th-place finish in the 200 back after a career-best and `B' cut of 1:57.10 in the preliminary heats ... That time placed her second on NU's all-time top times list in the event ... Placed 19th in the 50 free after a career-best 23.25 in her preliminary swim ... Finished second in all three backstroke distances at the TYR ... Also at the TYR, qualified for the consolation final in the 50 free (finishing 12th) and the bonus final of the 100 fly (taking 20th) ... Earned a dual-meet victory in the 200 back against Iowa (1/22) ... Recorded nine other top-3 dual-meet finishes on the year ... Twice placed second in the 200 back (against Purdue on 11/5 and Wisconsin on 11/11) before placing third in the event at the five-team Shamrock Invitational (01/29).

    2009-10: Had Northwestern's top time of the year in the 100 back, ranked second in the 200 back and 100 free, and fifth in the 50 free ... CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Led off both of NU's top medley relays for the year, earning NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times with both at the Big Ten Championships ... Swam the anchor leg on the 200 free relay at the Big Ten meet, picking up another `B' consideration time ... Qualified for the bonus final in the 100 back at the Big Ten Championships (2/19), swimming an NCAA `B' cut of 55.59 in the heat to finish 18th overall ... Also made the bonus final of the 100 free at the Big Ten meet (2/20), ending up 24th overall ... Swam a season-best 23.59 in the 50 free at the Big Ten Championships (2/18) to take 36th place ... Won bronze in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events at the six-team TYR Invitational, also earning silver in the 50 back ... Also competed in the 50 free at the TYR, earning a spot in the bonus final ... Best dual meet finishes of the year were second-place efforts in the 50 free against UIC (11/14) and the 100 back at Notre Dame (1/9) ... Had five other top-3 finishes in dual meets.

    2008-09: Member of Northwestern's backstroke group while also competing in the 50 freestyle ... Recorded Northwestern's top time of the year in the 100 back and ranked second in the 200 back on NU's top times list for the season ... Also swam with the Wildcats' top 200 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relays, earning NCAA `B' provisional qualifying standards in all three events ... The 200 free relay broke the NU school record, while both medley relays had top-four times in NU history ... Earned bonus final appearances all three of her individual events at the Big Ten Championships ... Was 21st in the 100 back, 23rd in the 50 free and 24th in the 200 back at the conference meet ... Finished second in the 100 back at the TYR Invitational with a season-best 56.25 ... Was third in the 200 back at the TYR Invite ... Also qualified for the consolation final in the 50 free at the TYR ... Had two dual-meet race wins, taking the 100 back in a double-dual against Notre Dame and Toledo (1/10) before winning the event again versus Iowa (1/24) ... Had eight other top-three dual-meet finishes ... Never finished below the top-three in the 200 back all dual-meet season ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2007-08: One half of Northwestern's strong freshman backstroke tandem with Katie Eschenburg ... Earned honorable mention All-America status as a member of NU's 200 free relay, which finished 16th at the NCAA Championships ... Finished 38th in the 100 back and 39th in the 200 back at the NCAA Championships ... Broke the Northwestern record in the 100 back with an NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time of 54.82 in the prelims of the Big Ten Championships ... Lowered that mark to 54.81 in the finals to take seventh in the event ... Finished eighth in the 200 back at the Big Ten Championships with an NCAA `B' time of 1:59.71 in the finals ... Swam a season-best 23.32 to earn a swim in the bonus final of the 50 free at the Big Ten meet ... Swam the third leg of the 200 free relay at the Big Ten Championships that finished with an NCAA `A' cut of 1:30.49 ... Also led off the 200 medley relay at the Big Ten meet, earning a `B' time of 1:40.78 ... Had one dual-meet win on the year after a first-place finish in the 100 back against Illinois-Chicago (10/27) ... Had nine other top-three finishes in dual-meet races on the season ... Was NU's second-quickest swimmer in the 200 back ... Already ranks No. 5 in the 200 back on Northwestern's all-time top-10 list in addition to her school record in the 100 back.

    High School: Won the Nevada state title in the 100 back and the 50 free, setting a zone record in the 50 free ... All-America in the 100 back and named team's most valuable swimmer in 2006 ... High school team placed second in the state in her freshman and sophomore years.

    Personal: Born Elizabeth Hall Engstrom ... Daughter of Kris and Larry Engstrom ... Majoring in religion.