Northwestern pulls to within seven points late courtesy of a dominant 500 freestyle
2012-13: Breakout member of Northwestern's breaststroke group ... Ranked second on NU's top times list for the year in both breast distances ... Earned bonus final swims in both breast events at the Big Ten Championships, placing 20th in the 200 and 21st in the 100 ... Ranks seventh on NU's all-time top times list in both breaststroke races after a 1:03.08 in the prelims of the 100 and identical times of 2:16.45 in the prelims and finals of the 200 at Big Tens ... Also competed in the 500 free (61st) at the conference meet ... Made the championship finals in all three breaststroke events at NU's own six-team TYR Invitational (11/16-11/18), placing second in the 200, fourth in the 50 and seventh in the 100 ... Scored points in both breaststroke races at the seven-team Iowa Invitational (11/30-12/2) ... Qualified for the 200 breaststroke championship final with a 2:18.49 before swimming a 2:17.79 in the evening to come in eighth ... Turned in a then-season-best 1:04.17 in the 100 breast to earn a lane in the consolation final, where she ended up 11th overall ... Scored dual-meet points with 11 top-five event finishes ... Finished second in both breaststrokes against Purdue (11/3) and also had a 100 breast second-place result versus Big Ten foe Illinois (10/19) and a 200 breast runner-up result at Iowa (1/26).
High School: Ranked as a four-star recruit by SwimmingWorldMagazine.com and as the 19th-ranked recruit in the state of Georgia by Collegeswimming.com... Two-time all-American (2009, 2012) and school-record holder in the 100 breast ... 2012 Georgia state champion in the 100 breast, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay ... Three-year team MVP and two-time team captain ... Parkview's Outstanding Senior Athlete in 2012 in addition to being named the school's Outstanding Senior Swimmer and, in 2009, Rookie of the Year ... Four-time all-county and all-state award winner ... Competed for Parkview in swimming for four years while also competing several years with the cross country and track squads ... Four-year scholar athlete for swimming and three-year scholar athlete for cross-country and track ... 2012 Gwinnett County Senior Academic Team ... In addition to her school record in the 100 breast, also holds the 200 medley and 200 free relay marks and the 4x800 relay school record with the track team ... Two-time all-county and two-time team MVP with cross country ... Swam four years of club with Swim Atlanta ... Earned a 2012 Olympic Trials cut in the 100 breast, competing in the meet in Omaha ... Part of Swim Atlanta's Senior National Team ... Earned a Senior National cut in the 100 breast ... Won the Georgia state long course title in the 200 breast in 2011 ... Was the Georgia state runner-up in the short-course 100 breast in 2012 and the long course 100 breast in 2011 ... Earned the Outstanding Achievement Award in Anatomy and Physiology ... Four-year honor roll and academic letterwinner ... AP Scholar with Honor ... Earned the Scholar Athlete Award for the highest GPA on the cross country team.
Personal: Born Julianne M Kurke ... Daughter of Pam and Paul Kurke ... Family is originally from Northbrook, Ill., moving to Atlanta when Julianne was born ... Chose Northwestern over Pennsylvania, Georgia Tech and MIT ... Plans to major in biological sciences and chemistry.