Swimming & Diving
Matt Nilson - Swimming & Diving - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Senior
  • High school Jamestown

Major – Spanish and Communications

2001-02 – Currently holds the fifth spot on UK’s all-time list in the 200y butterfly … Competed at the SEC Championships, placing 18th in the 200y butterfly, 30th in the 200y IM and 35th in the 100y butterfly … 100y butterfly time (51.64) was a new personal best … Set a new personal best in the 500y freestyle (4:43.26) at the Nike Cup … Also swam the 200y butterfly, placing third, and 400y IM, placing 20th, at the Nike Cup … Placed24th in the 400y IM and 35th in the 100y butterfly during the SEC East Extravaganza … Also swam in the LSU/Tennessee, Louisville, South Carolina and … Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.Indiana/Cincinnati dual meets … Inducted into UK’s Society of Character … Member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, fall 2001.

2000-01 – Swam to a 17th-place finish in the 200y butterfly, 21st in the 400y IM and 36th in the 200y IM at the SEC Championships … Was the second half of a 1-2 finish in 200y butterfly vs. Tennessee … Claimed fourth in the 200y butterfly at LSU … Finished fifth in the 200y butterfly, 19th in the 400y IM and 21st in the 200y IM at the Texas A&M Invitational … Won the 200y IM vs. IUPUI … Placed third in 200y butterfly at Indiana … Competed in 200y and 100y butterfly events at the SEC East Extravaganza, finishing sixth and 12th, respectively … Started season with win in 200y butterfly vs. Louisville.

1999-00 – Ranks in the top five on the all-time list in the 200y butterfly … Placed 17th in the 200y butterfly, 29th in the 100y butterfly, and 34th in the 200y IM at the SEC Championships … Finished 13th in the 200y butterfly at the Nike Cup, where he also competed in the 100y butterfly and 200y IM … Swam to a second-place finish in the South Carolina dual meet to complete a one-two punch … Finished third in the 200y butterfly in the Indiana and Tennessee dual meets.

Pre-College – Four-year letterwinner at Jamestown High School… Junior National qualifer… Placed fifth at the 1999 Spring Junior Nationals in the 200 butterfly and ninth in the 200-meter butterfly at the 1998 Summer Juniors…Won the 1999 Virginia Senior Championship in the 200 butterfly… Six-time MVP for club team and two-time MVP on high school squad… President of National Honor Society… Lists winning the consolation heat in the 200 butterfly at his first Junior Nationals as his most memorable moment in sports… Chose the Wildcats over Princeton, Virginia, and Virginia Tech… Hobbies include reading, boating, and fishing.

Best Times – 100 butterfly – 51.64; 200 butterfly – 1:49.65; 400 IM – 4:03.54; 200 IM – 1:55.84.

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