Northwestern sees several season-best efforts in first winter quarter action
2013-14: Academic All-Big Ten...Ranked on NU's top times in three categories...Ranked No. 2 for `Cats in 50 free, No. 4 in 100 free and on NU's top 200 free relay team...Posted 23.53 time in 50 free at Big Tens (2/20) to finish No. 46...Recorded career-best time of 51.47 and finished No. 55 in 100 free at Big Tens (2/22) in 100 free...Swam on NU's top 200 free relay on the season, which posted a 1:32.77 time at Big Tens (2/19)...Finished No. 32 in 50 free at TYR Invite finals (11/22)...Finished No. 5 in 50 free vs. Notre Dame/Michigan/Rutgers (24.10).
2012-13: Member of Northwestern's sprint freestyle group ... Ranked on NU's top times list in three different events, coming in fourth in the 50 free and 100 fly, and fifth in the 100 free ... Swam with Northwestern's top 200 medley relay of the year ... Swam career-best times in all three of her individual events at the Big Ten Championships, placing 45th in the 50 free, 48th in the 100 fly and 62nd in the 100 free ... Made the championship final of the 50 fly at NU's own six-team TYR Invitational (11/16-11/18), finishing third overall ... Made the consolation final of the 50 free at the TYR, scoring points with a 12th-place overall result ... Had a strong performance at the seven-team Iowa Invitational (11/30-12/2) ... After tying for 16th during the prelims of the 50 free, won a three-way swim-off with a then-career-best 23.53 to earn a scoring lane in the consolation final, eventually taking 15th place in the event ... Swam a then-career-best 52.50 100 free leadoff leg with NU's `B' 400 free relay at the Iowa Invite, moving into third on the Wildcats' season top-times list entering the winter break ... Scored dual-meet points with six top-five finishes, including a win in the 100 fly against UIC (11/2).
High School: Ranked as 16th-best recruit in the state of Indiana by Collegeswimming.com... Three-year sectional champion and state finalist in the 50 free ... Also a three-time all-state second-team award winner and team MVP ... Swam club for five years with the Vincennes Swim Team, earning Senior State titles in the 50 free and 100 free in 2011 ... A gifted athlete, also played three years of varsity volleyball, two of varsity basketball and two of junior varsity tennis in high school ... Earned All-Blue Chip Conference honorable mention in volleyball ... National Honor Society member.
Personal:Born Julia Margaret Pratt ... Daughter of Anne Pratt and the late Robert Pratt ... Father played football at Northwestern from 1979-83 as a multi-year starter on the offensive line ... Mother, Anne (Niehaus) Pratt, swam at Northwestern from 1983-85, holding school records in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke while qualifying for the 1984 NCAA Championships with the 400 medley relay ... Chose Northwestern over Indiana, Purdue, N.C. State and Virginia Tech ... Major is Communication Studies.