Melissa Nelson
Melissa  Nelson


Maple Grove, Minn.

High School:
Maple Grove HS



Gophers Place 86 on Big Ten Distinguished Scholar List

List of student-athletes with a 3.7 or better GPA grows by 26 percent


Gophers Earn 67 Winter Academic All-Big Ten Spots

Minnesota student-athletes well represented on Winter Academic All-Big Ten Teams


Gophers Sweep Big Ten Weekly Awards

Nelson, Simenec and Keefer each receieved honors.


No. 15 Minnesota Posts Strong Finish at Minnesota Challenge

The Gophers posted four meet records on the final day of the event.


No. 15 Gopher Women Impress on Opening Day of Minnesota Challenge

Minnesota claimed three titles Friday night at the University Aquatic Center.

2011-12 • Senior Season:Had a strong performance at the Minnesota Challenge • earned first place honors in the 100 back (56.42), the 100 fly with a new top time of 55.92, and the 400 medley relay •established a new top time in the 100 free (51.63) to earn the runner-upspot as well as placing second in the 50 free (23.88)•member of the second place 200 free relay and 200 medley relay • member of the winning 400 free relay at the Grand Prix •won the 100 fly and placed second in the 100 back vs Iowa State• AcademicAll-Big Ten.

2010-11 • Junior Season
: Led off three relay teams that took first at the Minnesota Challenge • took first in the 200 free with a time of 1:35.24 • part of 200 and 400 medley relay teams that took first with times of 1:43.97 and 3:54.20 respectively • runner-up in the 50 free at the Minnesota Challenge with a time of 23.92 • finished fifth with a time of 58.08 in the 100 back at Wisconsin dual (10/9) • finished fifth in the 100 back at Michigan State dual with a time of 59.52 (10/9).

2009-10 • Sophomore Season:Had the team's third best 100 back time on the season • Academic All-Big Ten selection • earned her first letter • won four individual events and was part of four winning relays at the Minnesota Challenge (2/5) • swam her best 100 free time of 51.68 at the Minnesota Challenge • raced in three events at the Big Ten Championships (2/17) • had her career-best time of 23.63 in the 50 free at the Big Ten Championship • also competed in the 100 back, finishing 24th with her best time of 56.29.

2008-09 • Freshman Season:Competed in four meets as a freshman • started her Gopher career at the Iowa dual, where she placed fifth in the 50 free and competed in the 100 free and the 200 free relay • swam in six events in the Minnesota Toyota Grand Prix • member of the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay in the dual against Hiram College during the Hawaii winter training trip • closed out the season at the Minnesota Challenge where she raced in eight events • set career-best times in the 50 and 100 free at the Minnesota Challenge.

High School:A 2008 graduate of Maple Grove high school • earned five letters in swimming at MGHS under coaches Matt Schoen and Julie Kent • NISCA All-American for three straight years • earned all-conference honors from 2003-2007 • all-state selection in 2005-07 • holds the school record in the 50 and 100 free and was members of the record-holding 200 and 400 free relays • team mvp in two seasons • member of the Minnesota Class AA state championship team • competed with the Maple Grove/Champlin Swim Club for 10 years • competed in the Speedo Series for seven years and at the Junior Nationals two years • also lettered in track & field and academics • graduated with high honors and was a member of the Naitonal Honor Society.

Personal: Born January 15, 1990 • daughter of Rick and June Nelson • plans to major in marketing and human resources and industrial relations • lists winning the Minnesota state championship as her biggest sports thrill.

Year Event Time
2010 50 free 23.63
2012 100 free 51.63
2011 50 back 26.82
2011 100 back 55.99
2012 100 fly 55.92

Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee:

What community service projects have you been involved in this year?

Hope Day Festival, Men's Basketball/Hockey Food Drives, Create a Memory

Are you a SAAC representative? If so, for how many years?

Yes, this is my second year.

Are you on any of the SAAC committees? If so, which one(s)?

Golden Goldys

What is your favorite part about SAAC?

My favorite part of SAAC is being able to make an impact in rules and regulations pertaining to athletics at the University of Minnesota and being able to broaden my network.

How many Maroon Madness events have you attended this year?


Are you involved in any clubs/committees outside of athletics?

SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management)
FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)


Maddy Olson Added to Gophers Swim and Dive Staff

Maddy Olson Added to Gophers Swim and Dive Staff

5/16/2018 - W. Swimming

Kelly Kremer has announced the hiring of Maddy Olson as Assistant Coach/Coordinator of Recruiting and Communication.

Going Pro: Beth Etterman

Going Pro: Beth Etterman

5/10/2018 - W. Swimming

University of Minnesota diver Beth Etterman is set to begin another chapter in her life.

Gophers Hold Annual End of Season Banquet

Gophers Hold Annual End of Season Banquet

4/16/2018 - W. Swimming

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

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