Northwestern takes its mark on the block for the first time in 2014-15 with lofty season goals
2014-15: One of two seniors on the roster and a member of NU’s sprint free and butterfly corps … Ranks fifth on Northwestern’s top times list for the year in the 100 fly … Earned four second-swims including three championship final berths at NU’s home TYR Invitational (11/21-11/23) … Finished fifth in the 50 free at the TYR while taking eighth in the 100 free and 50 fly … Also scored points with a 13th-place result in the 100 fly at the TYR … Scored dual-meet points for the Wildcats with five different top-five event finishes … Best dual-meet result was a fourth-place swim in the 100 fly against UIC and Oakland (10/25).
2013-14: Academic All-Big Ten ... Ranked on NU's top times in 5 categories, 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly individually as well as 200 free and 200 medley relay teams ... Finished No. 50 at Big Tens in 50 free, with time of 23.63, third best for NU ... Swam in 100 free at Big Tens to finish No. 63 (51.69), ranking fifth best for NU on the season ... Recorded No. 52 finish in 100 fly at Big Tens (57.07), which ranked No. 4 for NU on the year ... Led of NU's top 200 free relay time, which posted season best time at Big Tens (2/19) with time of 1:32.77 ... Swam in `Cats season best 200 medley relay time (1:41.31) at Big Tens (2/19) ... Saw limited time during the regular season, swimming in three meets and Shamrock Invite ... Finished No. 2 in 50 free vs. Illinois/E. Mich (24.28) and No. 3 in same event vs. Notre Dame/Michigan/Rutgers (1/11) with time of 23.99 ... Swam in 50 free, 100 fly and 100 free at Shamrock Invite to close out regular season and prepare for eventual season best top times at Big Tens.
2012-13: Enjoyed a breakout sophomore season as a sprint freestyler and member of NU's 100 butterfly group ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Ranked on Northwestern's top times list in three different events, leading the way in the 100 fly while ranking second in the 100 free and third in the 50 free ... Swam with NU's top 200 and 400 free relays and 200 medley relay of the season ... Broke the Northwestern school record with the 200 free relay, swimming an NCAA `B' consideration time of 1:30.55 at the Big Ten Championships ... Her time of 50.46 to place 31st in the 100 free at the conference meet moved her into ninth on NU's all-time top times list in the event ... Also had career-best times at the Big Ten Championships in the 50 free (23.13 200 free relay leadoff) and 100 fly (56.28) ... Placed 30th and 40th individually in those events, respectively ... Raced in freestyle events from the 50 all the way up to the 1,000 during the fall ... Competed in six different events at the Wildcats' own six-team TYR Invitational (11/16-11/18), scoring in three of them ... Made the championship finals of the 100 free and 50 fly before placing fourth and sixth, respectively ... Won the consolation final of the 50 free at the TYR ... Had a second-swim at the TYR in the 100 fly, finishing second in the bonus final for an 18th-place overall result ... Qualified for the championship final of the 100 free at the seven-team Iowa Invitational (11/30-12/2) with a then-career-best 50.93 in the prelims before taking eighth overall ... Made the Iowa Invite bonus finals of both the 50 free and 100 fly, ending up 18th overall in both with then-career-best times of 23.51 in the 50 free and 56.81 in the 100 fly ... Scored points with eight different top-five dual-meet finishes ... Best dual result was a third-place finish in the 100 free against UIC (11/2).
2011-12: Ranked fifth on Northwestern's top times list for the season in the 100 breast ... Competed individually in the 50 free (51st), 100 free (59th) and 200 free (61st) at the Big Ten Championships ... Won the 100 free and took second in the 200 free at NU's winter training trip dual against Colorado College and Austin College (12/17) ... Qualified for the consolation final of the 200 free at Northwestern's eight-team TYR Invitational (11/18-11/20), finishing 14th overall ... Also made the bonus final at the TYR in three other races, coming in 19th in the 100 free, 21st in the 50 free and 21st in the 50 fly.
High School: Ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Alabama by collegeswimming.com ... Named the 2011 Huntsville TimesAthlete of the Year ... Huntsville D1 Sports Female Athlete of the Year ... Three-year All-State honoree and Huntsville All-Metro from 2006-10 ... Won the state title in the 100 free while taking third in the 50 free as a senior ... Swam six years of varsity high school competition, earning state finalist status in all six of those seasons while also serving as a three-year team captain ... Swam nine years of club with the Huntsville Swim Association ... Team record holder and girl's team captain ... Junior National Qualifier ... National Honor Society officer, Mu Alpha Theta and "A" Honor Roll member ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Latin Honor Society President ... Ranked in the top one percent of her class.
Personal: Born Valerie A Nubbe ... Daughter of Mary Nubbe ... Brother, Matthew, graduated from Northwestern in 2011 ... Chose Northwestern over Georgetown, Tulane and Alabama ... Majoring in environmental sciences with an environmental engineering minor.