With six top-15 finishes at the
Big 12 Championships already under her belt, senior Christina Yemm will look to
add to that total this season. She has made steady improvements throughout her
first three years at Nebraska,
setting career bests in two events (200 backstroke and 400 IM) last season as a
junior. Yemm thrives in the backstroke and the individual medley and also has
experience in the butterfly, to make her one of NU’s top all-around returning
Yemm was one of Nebraska’s most
consistent swimmers as a junior in 2007-08, earning five first-place finishes
and 15 top-five finishes overall. Her best event was the 400 individual medley,
where she earned three first-place finishes during the season and an 11th-place
finish at the Big 12 Championships. She also had a team-leading time of 4:27.68
in the event. Yemm was a staple in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard
individual medley during the season. She finished 15th in both events at the
Big 12 Championships. Yemm earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors for the
second consecutive season.
Yemm had one of the Huskers'
best all-around meets at the 2007 Big 12 Championships, improving her 200-yard
individual medley performance by seven spots to reach a team-high 12th place,
while finishing 11th in the 200-yard butterfly, a career-high placing at the
conference meet. Yemm was also strong in the 100 fly, clocking NU's
second-fastest time during the 2006-07 season with a season-best 58.43 in the
preliminary race at the Big 12 Championships (23rd overall). Yemm had three
runner-up finishes during the season, including a pair in the 200 IM in
consecutive meets against IowaState and Missouri.
Yemm ended the season with a
14th-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly at the Big 12 Championships after
earning five total victories during the regular season, the most of any
freshman. Four wins came in the 100-yard butterfly, most notably a victory against
Big 12 opponent IowaState. Against the
Cyclones, Yemm unleashed a career-best time of 57.45. The remaining win came
against Northern Iowa in the 100-yard backstroke, although her third speciality
event was the 200-yard individual medley, where she finished second at Arkansas and third at Missouri.
Yemm qualified for state all
four years at SterlingHigh School, competing in six events at the Illinois state
meet.She placed as high as 10th in the
200 IM at the state meet her junior year, and finished in the top 20 three
Christina was born on June 11,
1987, in Sterling, Ill.She is the daughter of Bill and Julie Yemm, and has two sisters, Liz and
Allie, and two brothers, Paul and Steve. Christina is a nutrition, exercise, and
health science major at Nebraska.