Nick Saulnier
Nick  Saulnier


Cedar Rapids, Iowa

High School:
Washington HS



2016-17 Freshman Season: Named Most Improved by teammatesimproved times in the 200-yard free (1:36.24), 500-yard free (4:25.84) and 200-yard back (1:43.62) at the Big Ten Championships • earned a 1:40.51 in the 200-yard free against Iowa • improved times in the 500-yard free (4:38.98) and 200-yard back (1:49.11) at the Minnesota Invitational • notched a 1:39.54 in the 200-yard free and 1:47.36 in the 200-yard back at the Jean Freeman Invitational • earned second place in the 200-yard free with a 1:39.35 against Purdue and Northwestern.

High School/Club:
Graduate of Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he swam for head coach Chris Cruise • set a school record in the 100 back with a time of 49.54 • notched a 1:49.8 in the 200 IM to break the school record • top time in the 200 back is 1:47.52 • swam the 200 free in 1:39.9 and the 500 free in 4:31.64 • All-American in the 100 back and 200 IM • 2013 Rookie of the Year • 2014 Most Valuable Player • all-state honoree in 2013 and 2014 • named to all-state first team in 2015 and 2016 • swam for the Iowa Flyers Swim Club under the instruction of coach Richard Salhus • qualified for the finals in the B heat at his first Junior Nationals in the 200 back by dropping nearly five seconds off his best time.

Personal: Son of Andrew and Michele Saunier • one sister, Hannah • intends to major in engineering.

Top Times at Minnesota
Event  Time Date
200 free 1:36.24 2/24/17
200 back 1:43.62 2/25/17


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