Becca Soderholm earns a consolation final berth in the 400 IM with an NCAA 'B' time
2012-13: Member of Northwestern's middle distance, individual medley and butterfly stroke groups ... Ranked on NU's top times list in four different events ... Was first in the 200 fly, second in the 100 fly and third in the 500 free and 400 IM ... Swam with NU's top 800 free relay of the year ... Earned a scoring final spot in the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships with an NCAA `B' cut of 4:19.08 in the prelims before placing 15th with a 4:19.86 in the consolation final ... Qualified for the bonus final of the 200 fly where she placed 19th with a season-best 2:01.21 in the evening heat ... Also swam the 500 free (52nd) at the Big Ten Championships ... Competed in six different events at the Wildcats' own six-team TYR Invitational (11/16-11/18), scoring in five of them ... Made the championship finals of the 200 fly (where she finished fourth) and 200 free (taking fifth) ... Won the consolation final of the 100 fly with a career-best time of 56.39 ... Also made the consolation finals of the 100 free (11th) and 500 free (10th) at the TYR ... Competed in three events at the seven-team Iowa Invitational (11/30-12/2), cutting big time in all three races ... Took fifth overall in the 200 fly with identical prelim and finals times of 2:01.44, which was 1.86 seconds faster than her previous season best ... Dropped 10.65 seconds from her seed time in the 400 IM with a then-season-best 4:21.08 in the prelims to make the championship final, eventually taking seventh in the event ... Entered the 500 free in Iowa with a seed time of 5:06.92 before lowering that to 4:59.60 in the prelims and a 10th-place overall time of season-best 4:53.54 in the consolation final ... Scored dual-meet points with 10 different top-five finishes during the fall, including a win in the 500 free against UIC (11/2).
2011-12: Enjoyed a strong regular season, ranking on Northwestern's top times list in five different events ... Was first in the 200 fly, third in the 500 free and fourth in the 400 IM, 100 fly and 200 free ... CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Also swam with NU's best 800 free relay of the season, which earned an NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time at the Big Ten Championships in 7:14.80, which ranks it sixth on NU's all-time top times list ... Won the bonus final of the 200 fly at the Big Ten Championships, swimming a career-best and NCAA `B' time of 1:59.50 ... That time ranks sixth on NU's all-time top times list in the event ... Placed 21st in the 400 IM at the Big Ten meet after a `B' time and career-best 4:17.82 that also ranks sixth on NU's all-time top times list ... Also competed individually in the 500 free (31st) at the conference meet ... Swam an individual NCAA `B' cut of 4:19.43 to win the 400 IM at the TYR Invitational ... Also won the 500 free and 200 fly at the eight-team TYR Invite ... Had five dual-meet event wins on the year, including a pair of victories in the 200 free at Illinois (10/21) and versus UIC and North Dakota (11/12) ... Also won the 200 fly against Wisconsin (11/11), the 50 free at NU's winter training trip dual (12/17) and the 500 free versus No. 18 Missouri and Denver (1/27) ... Compiled 12 total top-three dual-meet race finishes in the fall ... Qualified for the bonus final of the 50 fly at the TYR, placing 19th overall.
2010-11: Ranked on NU's top times list in six different individual events ... Was first in the 500 free, second in the 400 IM, second in the 200 fly, third in the 200 free and fifth in the 100 fly and 200 IM ... Swam with Northwestern's top 800 free relay of the year, earning an NCAA `B' consideration time with the squad at the Big Ten Championships ... That relay ranks third on NU's all-time top times list in the event ... CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Swam career-best times in all three of her Big Ten Championships events ... Scored points with a 14th-place finish in the 400 IM with an NCAA `B' cut of 4:17.95, a time that placed her fourth all-time at NU in the event ... Qualified for the bonus final of the 500 free, taking 19th overall with a 4:49.26, which places her seventh in school history in that event ... Also made the bonus final in the 200 fly at the conference meet, coming in 20th with a 2:00.76 ... Won the 100 fly at NU's own six-team TYR Invitational (11/19-11/21) with a then-career-best 2:02.71 ... Also qualified for the championship finals in the 200 IM and 100 free at the TYR, coming in fourth and fifth, respectively ... Also won the consolation final of the 200 free and placed 18th overall after a bonus final swim in the 100 fly at the TYR ... Won the 200 free at NU's quad dual (11/6) and the 500 free against Iowa (01/22) ... Had six total top-three dual-meet finishes during the regular season.
2009-10: Appeared in seven different events on Northwestern's top times list for the year ... Had the Wildcats' best time of the year in the 400 IM, was second in the 500 free, fourth in the 200 fly and 200 IM, and fifth in the 200 back, 200 free and 1,000 free ... CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention ... Earned an NCAA `B" provisional qualifying time in the prelims of the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships to make the consolation final, then swam a season-best `B' cut of 4:18.02 to take 10th overall ... That 400 IM time places her fourth on NU's all-time top performers list in the event ... Also swam in the 200 fly (27th) and 500 free (34th) at the conference meet ... Swam a season-best 1:49.55 in the 200 free at the OSU Last Chance Meet (2/28) ... Member of the top 800 free relay for Northwestern on the year, earning an NCAA `B' time of 7:11.34 at the Big Ten Championships ... Took second in both the 500 free and 400 IM at NU's six-team TYR Invitational ... Also made the championship final in the 200 fly, the consolation final of the 200 free and won the bonus final of the 50 fly at the TYR ... Won the 200 fly in dual meets against Purdue (11/7) and Wisconsin (11/13) while capturing the 200 IM versus Iowa (1/23) ... Had 10 other top-3 dual-meet finishes compiled in six different events.
High School: National qualifier in the 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM ... 2009 World Championships Trials participant in the 400 IM ... Two-time Kentucky state champion in the 500 free and one-time champ in the 200 free ... Member of the 200 and 400 free state-record holding relays, setting both marks in 2008 ... All-American and first-team all-state in 2007, 2008 and 2009 ... Ranked as a four star recruit by Swimmingworldmagazine.com... USA Swimming Scholastic All-American in 2007 and 2008 ... duPont Manual won three-consecutive team state championships from 2006-08 ... Swam six years of club with the Lakeside Seahawks ... Seahawks were the 2008 NCSA Junior National women's runner-up ... U.S. Open qualifier ... Junior National qualifier in the 200 free, 400 free, 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM ... Co-valedictorian ... Honor roll, National Honor Society and Beta Club member ... National Merit Commended Scholar.
Personal: Born Meredith Carolynn King ... Daughter of June and David King ... Chose Northwestern over Clemson, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia ... Has earned 2012 U.S. Olympic Trial cuts in the 400 IM and 200 fly ... Major is statistics with a minor in business institutions.