Annika Winsnes leads the pack with a career-best and NCAA 'B' cut in the 200 free
2014-15: Northwestern’s top distance swimmer … Academic All-Big Ten … Finished the season on Northwestern’s top times list in six different events while racking up NCAA ‘B’ provisional qualifying times in three … Led the Wildcats in the 500 free, 1,000 free and 1,650 free while ranking second in the 400 IM, third in the 200 IM, and fourth in 200 breast … Qualified for the bonus final of the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships, finishing 24th overall … Also swam in the 1,650 free (22nd) and the 500 free (31st) at the B1G meet … Recorded five top-five finishes at Northwestern’s home TYR Invitational (11/21-11/23) … Took second in the 500 free and the 1,650 free at the TYR with NCAA ‘B’ cuts in both, swimming a season-best 4:46.84 in the 500 free prelims and a 16:28.71 in the mile … Was third in the 200 IM and fifth in the 200 free and 400 IM at the TYR … Competed in three events at the AT&T U.S. Winter Nationals (12/3-12/6) … Lowered her season-best in the 1,650 free to an NCAA ‘B’ time of 16:22.17 at Nationals to place 14th … Swam an NCAA ‘B’ cut of 4:17.76 in the prelims of the 400 IM before recording a career-best and ‘B’ time of 4:17.51 in the bonus final to place 23rd overall … That time placed her sixth in the event on NU’s all-time top times list … Also swam the 500 free at Nationals, finishing 29th overall … Won the 1,000 free in three different dual meets while finishing second in the event against No. 19 Wisconsin (11/13) and No. 21 Iowa (1/24) … Captured the 200 free versus Milwaukee (1/16) … In all, scored points with 17 top-five dual meet event finishes.
2013-14: NCAA qualifier...Named to US National Junior Team in Open Water 10 K...Named Most Valuable by team at the end of the season...Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for week of November 27... CSCAA Scholar All-America first team selection ... Posted six individual top times and one relay top time for NU, including `Cats fastest times in three categories...Broke team records with school's all time best times in 1,650 free and 1,000 free....Swam team record 16:10.40 time in 1,650 free at TYR Invite (11/24)...Also broke school record in 1,000 free with 9:48.17 time in 1,000 free, which was a split time in the 1,650 free at TYR Invite (11/24)....Led `Cats on the year with 4:46.11 time in 500 free at TYR Invite (11/22), which was fastest time for NU on the year and broke a new Norris Aquatics Pool Record...500 free time of 4:46.11 also ranks No. 4 all time in NU history...Posted 4:18.26 time in 400 IM at TYR Invite (11/23), ranking No. 9 all-time in school history...Posted strong mile time at NCAA Championships, swimming 1,650 free in 16:11.57, rankings No. 21 in the nation...Posted time of 4:49.70 in 500 free at NCAA Championships, ranking No. 58 in the nation...Swam 4:24.25 time to finish No. 51 in the nation at NCAA Championships...Finished No. 4 in the Big Ten to reach the podium with NCAA "B" Cut time of 16:15.29 in 1,650 free at the Big Ten Championships...Swam on NU's top 800 free relay team, which posted season best time of 7:!8.16 at Big Ten Championships...Posted six total NCAA "B" Cut times during the year.
High School: Competed in the 2012 Long Course Junior Nationals, placing 18th in the 1,500-meter freestyle ... Was third in that event at the 2012 Long Course Western Sectionals ... Finished fourth at the Colorado 4A state meet in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events as a sophomore ... Competed for 10 years with the University of Denver Hilltoppers club, which held Gold Medal status in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, ranking 14th in the country during that time ... Three-time Scholastic All-America team member ... Cum Laude Society ... Honor roll member every semester of high school.
Personal: Born Lauren Elizabeth Abruzzo ... Daughter of Susan McInnes and Joseph Abruzzo ... Chose Northwestern over Duke and Yale ... Major is undeclared.