May 14, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern head coach Jimmy Tierney announced today the addition of two more members of the Wildcats incoming Class of 2018 and the Northwestern women's swimming and diving team.
The `Cats welcome diver Monique Demaisip (Norwalk, Calif./Gahr) and freestyle and back stroker Katherine Senseman (Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute South Vigo).
"We are very pleased to announce the addition of two new Wildcats for 2014-15," Tierney said. "Both of these young ladies will contribute well as outstanding students, and both have bright futures in the pool."
The duo joins freestylers Anna Keane (Edmonds, Wash./Meadowdale) and Sydney Modeas (East Amherst, N.Y./Clarence) and new multi-stroke swimmers, Aja Malone - freestyle and butterfly - (Acworth, Ga./Allatoona), Maddy Sims - freestyle and butterfly - (Downers Grove, Ill./Downer's Grove), and Mary Warren - freestyle and breast stroke - (Hartland, Wisc./Arrowhead), in addition to diver Mashal Hashem (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill), who signed National Letters of Intent in November of 2013 to joining the Wildcats. The bios of those incoming `Cats can be found here.
Complete bios for Northwestern's two newest Wildcats are below:
High School: Eight years experience in gymnastics...Did not begin diving until senior year of high school...Gahr High School's only diver at the school...Pacific Diving Academy member for 1.5 years...2013 Region 9 1-meter individual top 24 finalist at spring and summer regionals...2013 AAU Diving Nationals No. 4 finisher in synchronized diving 3-meter springboard event...2013 USA Senior Winter Nationals top 12 finalist in 3-meter synchronized diving...American Gymnastics Academy member...regionally and nationally acclaimed level nine gymnast...2010 USA Western Nationals No. 9 finisher and No. 5 finisher on the balance beam, named to region's first place team...2011 SoCal Championships No. 2 All-Around finisher...2011 Region 1 Championships champion posting level 9 personal best scores in three categories: balance beam (9.575), floor (9.650) and all-around (37.925)...2011 USA Western National Qualifier...Graduated with the highest honors...National Honor Society member...four year honor roll student...California Scholarship Federation Seal Bearer...AP Scholar...Student leadership high school director of publicity.
Personal: Born Monique Ann Ong Demaisip...Daughter of Antonio Steve Demaisip and Cecil Demaisip...Born in Bacolod City, Philippines...moved to southern California at 5 years old...Chose Northwestern over Cornell, Illinois, Texas and the University of California at San Diego...chemical engineering major.
Diving Coach Alik Sarkisian's Take: "Monique is relatively new to the sport of diving, but she has a strong background in gymnastics, where she competed at the national level. We are excited about Monique's great diving potential that her gymnastics background has given her and she will proudly represent Northwestern diving."
Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute South Vigo
High School: Ranked No. 15 swimmer in the state of Indiana by CollegeSwimming.com...Four-time letterwinner competing in freestyle and backstroke for Terre Haute South Vigo High School Braves...2013-14 Wabash Valley Swimmer of the Year...2014 Academic All-American, 2014 Scholastic All-American...Named to All-Wabash Team all four years from 2011-2014...2012 All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) and 2014 All-Conference Indiana selections....Posted a 28-2-1 record in high school dual meets for Braves...2014 Conference Indiana champion in 50 free...2013 sectional champion in 50 free...2014 section champion in 50 free, 100 free and 200 freestyle relay...nine-time state qualifier...2014 state finalist in 50 free, finishing No. 11 in the state of Indiana...hold's Terra Haute South Vigo High School records in 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 50 freestyle....High School Valedictorian...four-year class president...exception honor roll selection...National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Katherine Alice Senseman...Daughter of Ken and Rita Senseman...Two-time letter winner in soccer, playing wing and midfield for Braves in High School...Competed 13 years for Terre Haute Torpedoes Club Team, becoming a 14-time club record holder in numerous events...chose Northwestern over Purdue...During high school, competed against fellow Wildcats Lacey Locke and Julia Pratt...Named Won First Financial Bank Academic Excellence award four straight years (2011-2014)...high school valedictorian...applied mathematics major.
Coach Tierney's Take: "Katherine has the tools to contribute in the coming years in our sprint group. I think she has very good athletic talent that we can help develop into a very competitive Big Ten sprinter."
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