Nicole Golen
Nicole Golen

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Alpharetta, Ga.

High School:
Chattahoochee

Event:
Fly

Birthdate:
02/28/1988


Getting to Know Nicki Golen

Where were you born?
Dalton, Mass.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I was ten I wanted to be...a teacher. Now I want to be...a teacher still.

What is your favorite movie?
My two favorite movies are Boondock Saints, and Heavyweights.

Why did you choose Michigan State University?
For the D1, Big Ten Experience. I had a great time on my recruiting trip and thought that it was a good spot for me. They had my specific major and a swim team, so I was all set. I also love the colors... green and white!

Name one person living or dead, that you would most like to compete against?
This girl I used to swim against when I was an age-group swimmer. We always were neck and neck, I would love to see how it would play out now.

Top 5 songs on your iPod?
1. Voodoo Child- Jimi Hendrix
2. Let the Beat Build- Lil Wayne
3. Two-step - Dave Matthews Band
4. Open your eyes- Snow Patrol
5. Life in Technicolor- Coldplay

Your favorite moment in the outdoor pool?
Watching the extremely nervous freshman jump off the 10 meter. I know that I was scared doing it and passing the torch to the freshies is always fun to see.

Top 5 songs on your iPod?
1. Voodoo Child- Jimi Hendrix
2. Let the Beat Build- Lil Wayne
3. Two-step - Dave Matthews Band
4. Open your eyes- Snow Patrol
5. Life in Technicolor- Coldplay

GREEN or WHITE???
Green... duh.

What is your favorite spot on campus?
Treehouse Apartments, for sure.

Junior Season: Competed in every meet in either the medley relays or butterfly ... Swam the team's second-fastest time of the year (57.13) at the Big Ten Championships (2/18) which also ranks as a top-10 time in school history ... Placed fourth in the 100 fly (1:00.56) in the first meet of the season (vs. Minnesota 10/11) ... Turned in a 58.67 in the 100 fly at the TYR Invitational (11/21) ... Had three top-five finishes in the 200 fly ... Also swam with the 200 and 400 medley relay teams.

Sophomore Season: Swam the 50 free, 200 fly and 200 fly preliminaries at the Big Ten Championships...Competed in five meets as a sophomore.

Freshman Season: Posted three third-place performances in the 200 fly ... Clocked a time of 2:10.61 against Ball State (12/9) before posting a season-best 2:09.72 versus Purdue (1/13) ... Finished regular season with a 2:11.91 swim against Oakland (1/19) ... Competed in the 100 and 200 fly and the 500 free at the Big Ten Championships.

High School: Two-time swim team captain and Cougar Award winner at Chattahoochee for coach Bill Folkins... Earned All-America honors ... Led team to state championship ... Swam for the Swim Atlanta club team.

Personal: Born Feb. 28, 1988 in Mass. ... Daughter of Larry and Chris Golen ... Special education major.