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  Katie Nelson
Katie Nelson

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

High School:
Peninsula

Height:
5-10

Event:
Distance Free

Birthdate:
08/14/1985

Experience:
3V

Summer 2006 -- Swam the 400 and 800 Free at the USA National Championships ... Competed at the Janet Evans and the Santa Clara Invites.

2005-06 -- 2006 Pac-10 Champion in the 1650 Freestyle ... Earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships with her eighth-place finish in the 1650 Free ... Also earned All-American honors as a member of the 800 Free Relay team ... Also finished fourth in the 500 Free and 13th in the 200 Free at Pac-10's ... Finished second in the 1650 and 500 Free against USC ... Recorded four 500 Free and three 1000 Free wins during the season ... Set a meet record in the 500 Free (4:50.37) against California to win that event ... Won the 1000 Free (9:46.29, meet record) and 500 Free against Stanford ... Against Pacific, won the 200 and 500 Free ... Placed second in the 1650 Free and fifth in the 500 Free at the Bulldog Invite ... Won the 1000 Free and placed second in the 200 and 500 Free against Arizona ... Won the 500 and 1000 Free against ASU ... Placed second in the 500 Free at the SMU Invite ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

Spring/Summer 2005 -- Swam the 400 and 800 Free at the USA National Championships ... Competed at the USA World Trials, finishing 24th in the 400 Free.

2004-05 -- Earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships as a member of the 400 Medley Relay team that placed 13th ... Also at NCAA, placed 26th in the 1650 Free and 31st in the 500 Free ... At the Pac-10 Championships, placed 4th in the 1650 Free, 10th in the 500 Free and 12th in the 200 Free ... Swam on the 800 Free Relay pool record-breaking team against UCSD.

Summer 2004 -- Placed 24th in the 800m Freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

2003-2004 -- NCAA All-American in the 1500 Freestyle (eighth place) and 400m Freestyle (13th place) ... Broke school records in the 1000 Freestyle (9:44.85) and 1650 Freestyle (16:07.15) ... Swam lifetime-bests at the Pac-10 Championships in the 1650 Freestyle (16:07.15, third place), 500 Freestyle (4:47.01, sixth place), and 200 Freestyle (1:49.35, 13th place) ... Named UCLA Newcomer of the Year.

Summer 2003 -- Competed in the 400m Free (4:22.11), 800m Free (8:53.41) and 1500m Free (17:51.78) at the USA National Championships.

High School -- Four-year letterwinner under coaches Jill Juliano and Jere Harper ... In 2003, was the CIF 200 and 500 Free champion ... Also named Athlete of the Year in 2003 ... Two-time All-American in the 200 and 500 Free ... Bay League champion in the 50 Free (2000-01), 200 Free (2002-03) and 500 Free (2000-03) ... Six-time national YMCA champion in 1650 Free (three-time), 1000 Free (two-time) and 500 Free ... Swam prep bests of - 50 Free (23.9), 100 Free (52.20), 200 Free (1:50.30), 500 Free (4:50.20), 1000 Free (9:46.23), and 1650 Free (16:21.56) ... Competed for the San Pedro Peninsula YMCA club team under Bruin alum Danny Halladay.

Personal -- Born August 14, 1985 in Rancho Palos Verdes ... Daughter of Jack and Kerry Nelson ... Has four siblings, Kelly, Jeff, Kim and Karen ... Sister Kim is a sophomore on the UCLA water polo team ... History major.

Short Course Bests
200 Free - 1:49.10
500 Free - 4:45.23
1000 Free - 9:44.85
1650 Free - 16:07.15

Long Course Bests
400m Free - 4:19.59
800m Free - 8:46.62


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