Wildcats rack up four total pool records and 11 NCAA 'B' cut times during three-day meet
2014-15: Member of Northwestern’s breaststroke group … Ranked second for the Wildcats in the 100 breast and third in the 200 breast following the season … Swam career-bests in both breaststroke events at the Big Ten Championships … Touched in 1:03.03 in the 100 to finish 27th while turning in a 2:19.15 in the 200 to place 36th … Her 1:03.03 in the 100 breast placed her sixth on Northwestern’s all-time top times list in the event … Also competed in the 50 free at the B1G meet … Qualified for the championship final of the 100 breast at Northwestern’s own TYR Invitational (11/21-11/23) with a then-career-best 1:03.88 in the prelims before taking fourth overall via a 1:03.96 in the finals … Also made the championship final of the 50 breast at the TYR, placing sixth … Qualified for the consolation final of the 200 breast at the TYR before ending up 12th overall … Had five top-five event finishes in dual meets.
2013-14: Made NU's top times list in two categories during the season, 100 breast and 200 breast...Swam career best 1:04.02 in 100 breast at TYR invite (11/23), which was second fastest 'Cats time on the season in the event...Posted career best 2:20.33 time at TYR Invite in 200 breast, finishing as No. 5 top time for NU...Swam in three events in first trip to Big Ten Championships...Posted 30.44 time in 50 free at Big Tens...Time of 1:05.70 n 100 breast ranked No. 40 at Big Tens...Posted No. 43 time of 2:25.30 at Big Tens in 200 breast...Swam in 50, 100 and 200 breast at TYR Invite, reaching finals in all three categories...Placed third in college debut swim with 1:05.70 time in 100 breast vs. Illinois/Eastern Michigan.
High School: High school did not have a swim team, so competed exclusively with the Sun Devil Aquatics club for over 11 years ... Ranked as the No. 15 recruit from the state of Arizona by Collegeswimming.com... Member of the Sun Devil Aquatics national meet training group and team captain ... Helped team to several top three finishes at national meets ... Her best club time in the 100 breast would have placed her second at the Arizona high school state meet ... All-America Scholastic Achievement award winner ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Katie Rebecca Branch ... Daughter of Lauri and Michael Branch ... Chose Northwestern over Oregon State ... Major is undeclared.