GRIGG'S PERSONAL BESTS
2010-11: Ranked on NU's top times list in four different individual events ... Was second in 200 free, third in the 500 free, third in the 1,650 free and fourth in the 100 back ... CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Also swam with NU's 800 free relay at the Big Ten Championships, earning an NCAA `B' time and ranking third on NU's all-time top times with the group ... Placed 22nd in the 200 free at the Big Ten Championships with an NCAA `B' and season-best time of 1:48.79 ... Also swam in the 1,650 free (17th) and 500 free (33rd) at the conference meet ... Earned a season-best and NCAA `B' cut time of 4:52.05 to win the 500 free at Northwestern's own six-team TYR Invitational (11/19-11/21) ... In addition to her win in the 500 free, took third in the 200 free, fourth in the 1,650 free, seventh in the 100 free and won the consolation final in the 50 free at the TYR ... Had three top-three dual meet finishes, including a season-best second-place effort in the 500 free against Notre Dame and Michigan (01/15).
2009-10: Northwestern's top swimmer in the mile on the year ... Also appeared on NU's top times list in the 200 free and 500 free, and swam on the team's top 800 free relay of the year, which swam an NCAA `B' consideration time at the Big Ten Championships ... CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Turned in a season-best and NCAA `B' time of 1:48.02 in the 200 free as the leadoff leg on that 800 free relay ... Swam another 200 free `B' cut during the prelims of the 200 free at the Big Ten meet, qualifying for the consolation final where she placed 16th ... Also earned a point for NU with a 16th-place finish in the 1,650 free at the Big Ten Championships ... Won the 1,650 free, took third in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free at the six-team TYR Invite ... Had three top-3 dual meet finishes in the 1,000 free.
2008-09: Member of Northwestern's stellar distance freestyle corps ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships in three individual events ... Broke the NU record in the 500 free with a 4:41.10 to take 17th in the nation ... Was 19th in the 200 free with a career-best 1:45.75 at the NCAA meet ... Broke two school records in a single swim at the NCAA Championships, finishing 19th in the 1,650 free with an NU-record time of 16:10.92 ... Her 1,000 free split of 9:49.61 during her 1,650 race broke the existing school mark in that event ... Earned NCAA `B' standards in all five of her individual swims at the Big Ten Championships ... Took third in the 200 free, won the consolation final for a ninth-place effort in the 500 free and was 11th in the 1,650 free at the conference meet ... Swam the leadoff leg with the 800 free relay at the Big Ten Championships, earning a `B' cut with the group that ranked as the third-fastest time in Northwestern history in the event ... Won the 1,650 free at the TYR Invitational while finishing third in the 500 free and fifth in the 200 free ... Top dual-meet finish of the year was a second-place effort against Michigan in the 1,000 free ... Had four other top-three finishes in dual-meet races ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2007-08: Combined with teammate Kassia Shishkoff to form a powerful 1-2 punch in distance freestyle events ... Shattered her own school record in the 500 free with a 4:41.82 in the prelims of the NCAA Championships to earn first-team All-America honors, ending up eighth in the event ... Earned honorable mention All-America status with the 800 free relay, which finished 10th in the NCAA with a school-record 7:08.52 ... Finished 22nd in the 200 free at the NCAA Championships with a season-best 1:46.82 ... Broke the then-NU record with an NCAA `A' cut of 4:43.92 during the prelims of the 500 free at the Big Ten Championships ... Ended up seventh overall in the event ... Took seventh in the 200 free at the Big Ten meet with an NCAA `B' cut of 1:48.65 in the finals ... Was 14th overall with a `B' standard of 16:47.01 in the 1,650 free at the Big Ten Championships ... Swam on the 800 free relay at the Big Ten Championships which finished with a `B' cut and then-school-record time of 7:13.40 ... Earned first-career NCAA `B' swim with a 4:51.43 in the 500 free to win the consolation final at the Georgia Invitational (12/1) ... Ranked second on the Wildcats' top times list in the 200 free, 1,000 free and 1,650 free while holding the top spot in the 500 free with her school-record swim at the Big Ten meet ... Earned one dual-meet event victory, winning the 1,000 free against Illinois-Chicago on Oct. 27 ... Had five other top-three finishes in dual meets.
High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner ... Captain of swim team in senior year ... All-state and all-conference in all four years of high school ... Named All-American in freshman and senior years ... Charlotte Weekly's 2007 Swimmer of the Year ... Team won Charlotte Independent School Athletic Association (CISAA) conference championships from 2004-2007 ... Member of New South Swimming club team ... Member of Cum Laude Society and National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society.
Personal: Born Ellen Louise Grigg ... Daughter of Amy Grigg and John Grigg ... Chose Northwestern over Duke, Dartmouth, Williams and Georgetown ... Majoring in English.