The season opener came down to one-one hundredth of a second for the No. 17 Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team who edged their way past No. 23 Florida State, 153.5-146.5. The No. 21 Golden Gopher men’s swim and diving team fell short of an upset over No. 20. Florida State falling 179-121.
The 2017-18 women's swimming and diving team have selected their captains for this season. The women's team will be led by Chantal Nack, Danielle Nack, and returning captain Rae Bullinger.
2016-17 Sophomore Season: Earned CSCAA Academic All-American honorable mention honors • Academic All-Big Ten team • named Most Improved and Hardest Worker by teammates • outstanding student-athlete award • earned a 1:46.28 in the 200-yard free at the 2017 NCAA Championships • finished in seventh place with a 1:55.15 in the 200-yard back at the 2017 Big Ten Championships • posted two first-place finishes against Iowa: 500-yard free (4:57.96) and 100-yard back (55.67) • earned first place in the 200-yard free with a 1:50.48 against North Dakota • placed first in the 200-yard free (1:49.08) and 200-yard back (1:59.23) at the Minnesota Invitational • posted five first-place finishes at the Jean Freeman Invitational: 100-yard free (50.50), 200-yard free (1:48.06), 100-yard back (54.59), and 200-yard back (1:55.43) • finished ninth place with a 1:55.15 in the 200-yard back at the 2017 Big Ten Championships • placed tenth with a 1:46.36 in the 200-yard free at the 2017 Big Ten Championships • earned a 4:42.10 in the 500-yard free at the 2017 NCAA Championships.
2015-16 Freshman Season: Named Most Improved • First-year letterwinner • At the 2016 Big Ten Championships, Nack recorded career bests in each of her events to finish 19th in the 200 back, 36th in the 200 free and 63rd in the 500 free • Tallied 16 top-five finishes during the regular season • Made her collegiate debut at Florida State.
High School: 2015 graduate of Mankato West High School • Finished in top 10% of graduating class with a 4.1 GPA • Four-time academic letter winner • Three-time varsity track letter winner • Qualified for the state track meet as a sophomore in the 4x800 relay and was named to the All-City team • Active student council member on executive board: vice president during junior year and president during senior year • NHS member and letter winner junior and senior years • Six-time varsity swimming letter winner • coached by Dave Burgess and former Gophers swimmer Meredith McCarthy • Named to All-Conference, All-City and All-State five consecutive years • Seven-time high school state champion • Two-time All-American • Member of Mantas Swim Club • Won state three times with club team • Member of the Junior National Team from 2012-2015 • High school record holder in the 200 free, 500 free, 100 backstroke, 200 free relay and 400 free relay • Also holds pool records at multiple high schools around southern Minnesota.
Personal: Born June 10, 1997 • Daughter of James and Lynn Nack • Has two sisters, Danielle and Gabriel • Sister Danielle is a sophomore on the women’s swimming team • Grandfather Roger Gustafson was a Minnesota swimmer from 1955-1957 • Father James ran track from 1979-1982 at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse • Very close to family, enjoys spending time with her sisters and dog, spending time at the lake and in the pool in their backyard, jet-skiing, tubing, cooking and baking • Plans to major in civil engineering and minor in architecture.
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