Matt McNichols
Matt McNichols

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Naperville, Ill.

High School:
Naperville Central

Event:
Free/Fly/IM


Junior Season: Awarded team's Jack Seibold Award For Leadership ... Opened season with a second-place 100 fly swim (52.28) against Iowa (10/28) ... Placed third in the 100 free (47.50) versus Princeton (11/11) ... Scored second-place finishes in the 200 free against Ball State (12/9) and Oakland (1/19) ... Competed in the 50, 100 and 200 free and competed on the 200 free relay at the Big Ten Championships.

Sophomore Season: Placed first in the 200 free against Grand Valley State (10/21) ... Placed first in the 100 free against St. Bonaventure (1/28) ... Placed second in the 200 free against Notre Dame (1/21). Freshman Season: Set season bests in the 50 free (22.08) and the 100 free at the Georgia Invitational (48.78) ... Set career bests in the 200 free (1:40.98) and the 500 free (4:46.91) at the Big Ten Championships ... Earned a season-high fourth-place finish in the 200 free against Michigan (1:46.21). High School: Four-year letterwinner in swimming and a three-year letterwinner in water polo at Naperville Central ... Three-time all-state selection ... Finished sixth in the state in the 100 free and 200 free ... All-Dupage Valley Conference selection ... Named team captain in swimming and water polo as a senior ... Four-time varsity letterwinner ... Was named high school Athlete of the Year.

Personal: Born Jan. 6, 1986 in Downers Grove, Ill. ... Son of Jim and Marcia McNichols ... Both parents swam at Iowa State ... Twin sister, Lauren, runs track at Ball State ... Sister, Kelly, swims for the University of Georgia ... Packaging major.