Annual GW Commencement on National Mall Punctuates Collegiate Experience
Rookie Claims Gold in 200-Fly, Colonials Take Fourth at Conference Championships
Senior Claimed First Gold Medal with NCAA 'B' Cut Time in 400 IM
Freshman Oliver Keegan and Senior Phillip Graeter Make Trips to Podium
Colonials Honored Eight Seniors in Final Meet of Regular Season
2011-12: Finished second in the B Final of the 500-yard freestyle at Atlantic 10 Championships (Feb. 22) with a career-best time of 4:35.88...Swam a career-best time of 15:58.70 in the 1,650-yard freestyle for a sixth-place finish at A-10s...Finished 13th at A-10s in the 200-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 1:42.07...Posted a season-best time of 22.23 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle against Georgetown (Jan. 21)...Swam a season-best 48.19 in the 100-yard freestyle at the Patriot Invitational (Nov. 17).
2010-11: At the Atlantic-10 Championships: Finished sixth in the 500-yard freestyle, eighth in the 200-yard freestyle and 10th in the 1,650-yard freestyle...Member of the fourth-place finishing 800-yard freestyle relay...Performance ranks 10th in the 1,650-yard freestyle on the program's top times list...Swam on the second-place finishing 200-yard freestyle relay against ODU...Finished second in the 1,000-yard and 500-yard freestyle events at Georgetown and swam on the second place 400-yard freestyle relay...Finished second in the 1,000-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard freestyle against Towson and Howard and swam on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay...Finished second in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events against GMU.
2009-10: Did not compete at the 2010 Atlantic 10 Championships.
High School: Helped school to four straight Missouri State Team Championships...Served as captain during senior season...Received all-America and all-state honors in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events and in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2008...Kansas City Star First Team All-Metro in 2008...Owns Pembroke Hill record in the 500-yard freestyle...Earned the Elite 8 Award in 2008 for qualifying in all eight state events...Named all-state in 2007 in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events...Dubbed an all-American in 2007 for his efforts on the 400-yard freestyle relay team...Swam for Tsunami Swim Team of Kansas City, Team Dolphins Swimming and Suburban Swim League.
Personal: Born Stephen Michael Nelson on February 2, 1991, in Overland Park, KS...Son of Catherine and Michael Nelson...Has two brothers, Ryan and Kevin and a twin sister, Heather...Majoring in biology.
|CAREER BESTS (Through 2011-12 Season)|
|50-Yard Freestyle||22.23||vs. Georgetown (1/21/2012)|
|100-Yard Freestyle||48.19||Patriot Invitational (11/17/2011)|
|200-Yard Freestyle||1:42.07||Atlantic 10 Championships (2/22/2012)|
|500-Yard Freestyle||4:35.88||Atlantic 10 Championships (2/22/2012)|
|1,000-Yard Freestyle||9:50.37||vs. Towson (11/12/2011)|
|1,650-Yard Freestyle||15:58.70||Atlantic 10 Championships (2/22/2012)|
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