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Payton Woods
Payton  Woods


Champaign, Ill.

High School:
Champaign Central

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Academic All-Big Ten honoree … Re-broke the varsity record in the 50 free with a personal season-best time of 19.71 and finished 15th overall in the Big Ten Championships … Helped to set three varsity records in the 200 medley, 400 medley and 400 free relays at the Big Ten Championships … Recorded the third-fastest time in school history in the 100 free of 44.20 in the Big Ten Championships … Finished fifth overall at the Northwestern Invitational … Recorded three first-place finishes, five second-place finishes and two third-place finishes over the course of the season.

Recorded his best time of 19.83 in the 50 freestyle at the Big Ten Championships with the fastest time in MSU history … Clocked in at 44.64 in the 100 freestyle at the Big Ten Championships for the seventh-fastest time in MSU history … Swam his best time of 50.82 in the 100 fly at B1G Championships … Swam his best time of 1:43.62 at the Northwestern TYR Invitational in the 200 freestyle … Member of the school record setting 400 medley relay at B1G Championships.

Prior to MSU:
Varsity lettered in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 ... Is a 16-time All-Conference swimmer, a 14-time State qualifier and 3-time State swimmer ... Was the State Champion in the 50 free in 2016 ... 3-time school record holder ... Holds one conference record ... Elected the Most Valuable Player for two years ... Was the News Gazette Swimmer of the Year for two years ... Was the 2016 Champaign Central Athlete of the Year ... Earned fifth place in the 50 freestyle at States in 2014 ... Set the school record in the 50 freestyle to earn an All-American time in 2014 ... Was the State Champion in the 50 freestyle in 2015 ... Was the Illinois Open 50 freestyle champion for two years ... Elected captain for the 2015-16 season.

Born April 1, 1998 ... Was a National Honor Society member ... A member of the Spanish Honor Society, Leaders Make Leaders and a Student Section Leader ... Son to John and Nickey Woods ... Father, John, played football at SIU and Mother, Nickey, was a State Champion gymnast ... Younger sister Kendall swims in high school ... Varsity lettered in Cross Country in 2012 and 2013 and in Track and Field in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 ... Plans to major in Business.

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