Nick Saulnier
Nick  Saulnier

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

High School:
Washington HS

Event:
Backstroke/Freestyle


PRONUNCIATION:



2017-18 Sophomore Season: At the NCAA Championship, swam with the 200 Free Relay that took eighteenth (1:17.63) and the 400 Free Relay that took twenty-fourth (2:53.66) • At the Big Ten Championships, swam in the 800 Free Relay that finished fifth (6:21.95), the 200 Free Relay that finished third (1:17.02), and the 400 Free Relay that finished 2:52.50) • finished third in the 200-yard free (1:38.90) and second in the 500-yard free (4:33.74) at the Triple Dual against Northwestern and Purdue. • Took fifth in the 200-yard free (1:42.35) vs. Denver • finished fifth in the 200-yard free (1:41.67) and seventh in the 500-yard free (4:43.46) vs. Hawai'i and Drury • took third in the 500-yard free (4:28.33), second in the 200-yard free (1:37.06), and third in the 200-yard back (1:45.68) at the Minnesota Invitational • placed third in the 200-yard free (1:39.29), fourth in the 200-yard back (1:50.12), and sixth in the 200 IM (1:53.49) vs. Iowa • took fifth place in the 200-yard free (1:40.41) and second place in the 500-yard free (4:36.52) against Florida State.

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 2/24/2017
500 free 4:28.33 11/30/2017
200 back 1:43.62 2/25/2017
200 IM 1:53.49 10/27/2017

MORE HEADLINES

Gophers Hold Annual End of Season Banquet

Gophers Hold Annual End of Season Banquet

4/16/2018 - M. Swimming

Minnesota celebrated the 2017-18 season at its annual banquet to recognize the team's accomplishments as well as individual award winners.

Gophers 2017-18 Season Rewind

Gophers 2017-18 Season Rewind

4/3/2018 - M. Swimming

2017-18 saw the team earn individual championship titles, impressive dual record, numerous individual top times and new school record times.

Gophers Finish 15th at NCAA Meet

Gophers Finish 15th at NCAA Meet

3/24/2018 - M. Swimming

The University of Minnesota earns their best finish at the NCAA meet since 2011.

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