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    Kassia Shishkoff
    Kassia Shishkoff

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Raleigh, N.C.

    High School:
    St. David's School

    Height:
    5-9

    Event:
    Mid-Distance Free



    2009-10: Held Northwestern's top times of the year in the 200 free, 200 fly and 500 free ... Ranked third in the 200 IM, fourth in the 400 IM and fifth in the 100 free on the list ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Also swam with NU's top 400 and 800 free relays on the year, earning NCAA `B' cuts with both at the Big Ten Championships ... Qualified for her third NCAA Championships in three individual events ... Swam a season-best 4:45.99 in the 500 free to place 40th ... Also swam in the 200 free and 200 fly at the NCAA meet ... Had her best swim of the year with a career-best and NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time of 1:46.50 during the prelims of the 200 free at the conference meet, placing her in the championship final ... That time was the third fastest in school history in the event ... Ended up seventh in the Big Ten with another `B' cut of 1:47.63 in the finals ... Made the consolation finals of the 200 fly (9th) and 500 free (10th) at the Big Ten Championships, swimming season-best and `B' times in both ... Named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 12 after winning three of the final four events in a come-from-behind win at Notre Dame ... Won the 200 free with an NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time of 1:48.87 and the 500 free with a `B' cut of 4:48.97 at the six-team TYR Invitational ... Also swam `B' times in the 200 free against Notre Dame (1/9) and Michigan (1/16) ... Took second in the 200 fly and 100 free at the TYR Invite ... Undefeated on the season in the 200 free ... Won 14 dual-meet races in seven different events during the year ... Finished in the top three in every race she swam during the year with one exception.

    2008-09: Critical member of the Wildcats' squad, swimming multiple disciplines and distances ... Recorded Northwestern's top times of the year in the 200 fly, 1,000 free, 200 IM and 400 IM ... Also ranked on NU's top times list for the season in the 200 free, 500 free and 1,650 free ... Notched individual NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times in the 200 free, 500 free and 400 IM ... Member of NU's best 400 free and 800 free relays on the year, earning `B' cuts with both at the Big Ten Championships ... Qualified for the consolation final in all three of her individual events at the Big Ten meet, finishing 11th in the 500 free, 11th in the 400 IM and 13th in the 200 fly ... With her swims in 2008-09, moved up in several events on NU's all-time top performers list ... In addition to her previous rankings on the list, now is second in the 200 IM, fourth in the 200 free and sixth in the 200 fly ... Earned three number one finishes at the TYR Invitational (11/21), in the 200 free, the 500 free and the 400 IM, while securing second place in the 1,650 free, 200 free and the 200 fly ... Named Swimmer of the Meet for the TYR Invitational ... Broke two pool records at Wisconsin (11/13), earning one in the 200 free with a 1:47.92 and the other in the 200 fly (2:00.77) ... Named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week twice after meets against Indiana (10/24) and Notre Dame/Toledo (1/10) ... Earned first place 19 times over the dual-meet season, finishing first every time competing in the 100 free, 200 free, 500 free and 1,000 free ... Recorded six second-place finishes, ending the season with only two finishes not in the top-two ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2007-08: Northwestern's most versatile distance swimmer, held the Wildcats' top times of the year in 1,000 free, 1,650 free and 400 IM while ranking second in the 500 free and 200 IM ... Won honorable mention All-America honors with the 400 free and 800 free relays at the NCAA Championships, breaking the school record with a 7:08.52 in the 800 free ... Also competed in the 500 free (19th place) and the 400 IM (28th place) at the NCAA meet ... Broke an 18-year-old school record in the 500 free with a career-best time and NCAA `A' cut of 4:44.00 during the prelims of the Big Ten Championships, only to have teammate Ellen Grigg swim a 4:43.92 in the very next heat ... Finished sixth with a 4:45.09 during the finals of the 500 free ... Broke the school record in the 400 IM with an NCAA `A' cut of 4:14.52 to win the consolation final of the Big Ten Championships ... Took 13th overall in the 1,650 free with an NCAA `B' standard of 16:45.44 at the Big Ten meet ... Anchored the 400 free relay which broke the school record and recorded an NCAA `A' swim of 3:18.20 at the Big Ten Championships ... Also broke the then-school record with the 800 free relay with a `B' time of 7:13.40 at the conference meet ... Had 10 total NCAA `B' provisional qualifying swims in three different events entering the Big Ten Championships, including seven in the 500 free ... Has 10 first-place finishes across five different individual events in dual meets ... Had 17 total top-three dual-meet race finishes this year ... Finished fourth overall in the 400 IM at the Georgia Invitational ... Also qualified for the championship final in the 500 free while making the consolation final in the 200 fly at the Georgia Invite (11/30-12/2) ... 2007-2008 Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

    2006-07: Swam to a 28th-place finish in the 1650 free at the NCAA Championships ... Finished 33rd in the 500 free at the NCAA Championships ... With a time of 4:23.16, finished 39th in the 400 IM at the NCAA Championships ... Earned a second-place finish in the 800 free relay at the Big Ten Championships ... Named second-team All-Big Ten for that effort ... Swam to a third-place finish in the 400 free relay at the Big Ten Championships ... Finished seventh with an NCAA `B' cut time of 4:48.70 in the 500 free at the Big Ten Championships ... Swam a 4:46.96 in the prelims of the 500 free, good for third on NU's all-time top-10 list ... Finished ninth with an NCAA `B' cut time of 16:37.71 in the 1650 free at the Big Ten Championships ... Notched an 11th-place finish with an NCAA `B' cut time of 4:19.41 in the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships, which was NU's best time of the year in the event ... Ended the season with the 'Cats fastest time in all three distance freestyle events ... Broke the Norris Aquatics Center pool record in the 1650 free, swimming an NCAA `B' cut time of 16:28.01 against Tennessee ... Time ranks her fifth on NU's all-time top-10 list in the event ... Swam NCAA `B' cut times in four different events (200 free, 500 free, 1650 free and 400 IM) against Tennessee, winning all four events in the process ... Time of 1:49.43 in the 200 free against Tennessee made her the eighth-fastest swimmer in NU history in the event ... Earned Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, Collegeswimming.com and Swimming World Magazine National Swimmer of the Week honors that week ... Won the 500 free six times throughout the course of the season ... Finished the season ranked in the top three of eight different events on Northwestern's top times list ... Entered the Big Ten Championships as the third seed in the 500 free, fourth seed in the 1650 free, and 11th seed in the 400 IM.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time North Carolina state champion in both the 200 and 500 free ... State and school record holder in those events ... North Carolina state all-star for three years ... Fastest 200 yard and meter freestyler in North Carolina in 2004 and 2005 ... Placed eighth in the 200 free at the 2005 NCSA Junior Nationals ... Placed 12th in the 200 meter free at the 2005 Speedo Junior Nationals ... Scholastic All-America team honoree in 2003-04 and 2004-05 ... National Honor Society member.

    PERSONAL: Born Kassia Shishkoff on 9/3/88 ... Daughter of Alex and Liz Shishkoff ... Double major in journalism and Spanish.

    SHISHKOFF'S PERSONAL BESTS

    200 Free 1:46.50
    500 Free 4:44.00
    1,000 Free 9:54.08
    1,650 Free 16:28.01
    200 Fly 1:59.58
    200 IM 2:01.53
    400 IM 4:14.52