Biography:

Rachel Nicol was named to her first national team in 2015 after winning the 100m breaststroke at the Canadian Trials. She went on to win bronze in the 100m breaststroke and silver in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. She then made her FINA World Championship debut, advancing to the semifinals of the 100m breaststroke. Nicol had previously represented Canada at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010 where she won three medals: gold in the 50m breaststroke, bronze in the 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay. As a student athlete at Southern Methodist University, Nicol was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2012. In 2014 she earned All-American Athlete Conference Academic Honors. She is also a three-time All-American, most recently in 2015 for the 100m breaststroke.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Chris and Lorraine Nicol… Brothers Jeffrey and Alastair… Dual citizen with the United Kingdom due to her Scottish father who was a competitive swimmer at Queen’s University… Getting into the Sport: Started swimming at age 4, taught by her parents… Outside Interests: Studied Applied Physiology and Sport Management at Southern Methodist University… Odds and Ends: Inspired by the racehorse, Seabiscuit… Favourite movie: Gladiator… Listens to rock music before competing… Favourite band is the Rolling Stones… Pre-race meal is couscous and ground beef…