The Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving teams took on Michigan State at home on January 21st.
AS A JUNIOR: Competed in a number of events throughout the course of the year, specializing in the 100 and 200 back and the 200 IM ... earned a pair of sixth-place finishes at the BIG EAST Championships in the 200 back (1:47.27) and the 100 back (49.33) ... was the third swimmer to reach the wall in the 200 back (1:52.41) at the Shamrock Invitational ... also took sixth place in the 100 back (51.58), and helped the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay team to fourth-place finishes in the same meet ... against Cleveland State in a dual meet, placed third in the 200 medley relay (1:36.31), 200 IM (1:56.32), and the 100 back (52.27) ... swam the second-fastest 100 back time in program history (48.61) at the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational ... in other dual meets, brought home gold in the 100 back (50.42) against Louisville along with a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay, a fifth-place finish in the 200 back, and an eighth-place finish in the 200 IM ... against Pittsburgh, racked up two runner-up finishes in the 200 medley relay (1:32.09) and the 100 back (51.00) ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... monogram winner.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Recorded two top-eight finishes individually at the BIG EAST Championships ... earned fourth place in the 200 back (1:46.48) in a lifetime best, NCAA B-cut-earning swim that also vaulted him into fourth all-time for the Irish in the event ... posted a seventh-place finish in the 100 back (49.35), another lifetime best and fast enough to make him the third-best performer in Irish history in the event ... garnered all-BIG EAST honors as part of both the silver-winning 400 medley relay and the bronze-earning 200 medley relay ... had a pair of top-eight finishes at the Hawkeye Invitational, swimming the 200 back (1:48.08, sixth) and the 100 back (49.54, seventh) ... recorded his season-best time in the 400 IM at the same meet, touching the wall at 4:00.99 ... registered third-place points for the Irish in the dual meet against Louisville in the 100 back and a fourth-place showing in the 200 back ... monogram winner.
AS A FRESHMAN: Registered a top-eight finish at the BIG EAST Championships with a 1:48.27 performance in the 200 back ... also recorded personal- best times of 3:59.22 in the 400 IM and 1:50.64 in the 200 IM at the league championship ... top 100 back time came at the Hawkeye Invitational with a 50.59 showing ... swam to another personal-best against Cleveland State, touching the pad in 1:42.62 in the 200 free.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Won the bronze medal at the 2010 South African National Short Course Championships in the 200 individual medley ... swam for Ben Vorster High School in Tzaneen, South Africa ... team captain as a senior ... also played rugby ... holds a number of provincial, school and club records ... competed in two FINA World Cup meets and the 2008 South African Olympic Trials ... high school class president ... full name is Albertus Jacobus Nel ... son of Corne and Joce Nel ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in accounting.