National Teams

Senior National Team

Rachel Nicol

  • Age 29
  • Height 165.1 cm / 5 ftin
  • Club University of Calgary Swim Club
  • Coach Mike Blondal
  • Hometown Lethbridge, AB
  • Residence Lethbridge, AB
  • Event 50 BR, 100 BR

National Team Highlights

EventFinalist
Windsor 2016 FINA World Championship (25 m)12
Rio 2016 Olympic Games2
Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games112

Rachel’s Bio

  • At the 2022 Bell Canadian Swimming Trials, Nicol captured silver in both the 100-m and 200-m breaststroke, qualifying her for the 2022 FINA World Championships and the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
  • At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Nicol finished 5th in the 100-m breaststroke. She also swam the breaststroke leg of the 4×100-m medley relay that finished 5th in Canadian record time.
  • At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Nicol finished 9th in the 100-m breaststroke, and 11th in the 50-m breaststroke.
  • At the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, Nicol finished 12th and 14th in the 100-m and 200-m breaststroke.
  • At the 2018 Canadian Swimming Trials in Edmonton, Nicol earned silver in the 100-m breaststroke.
  • At the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Nicol placed eighth in the 50-m breaststroke with a personal best time and 10th in the 100 breast.
  • At the 2017 Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria, Nicol qualified for her second FINA World Championships with gold medals in the 50-m and 100-m breaststroke events.
  • At the 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships (25-m) in Windsor, Ont. Nicol competed in two individual events and a relay. Nicol made the final of the 100-m breaststroke where she finished 8th in a personal best time of 1:05.15. She also made the semifinals in the 50-m breaststroke where she finished 10th, also in a personal best time of 30.38.
  • At the same competition, she swam the breaststroke leg of the 4×100-m medley relay and with her teammates Kylie Masse, Katerine Savard and Penny Oleksiak, won a silver medal.
  • At the 2016 Olympic & Para-swimming Trials in Toronto, Nicol finished 2nd in the 100-m breaststroke to qualify for her first Olympic Games.
  • At the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Nicol earned a bronze medal in the 100-m breaststroke. She followed up by swimming the 4×100-m medley relay that won a silver medal, along with teammates Dominique Bouchard, Noemie Thomas and Chantal Van Landeghem.
  • At the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Nicol made it to semifinals in the 50-m and 100-m breaststroke where she finished 10thand 11th.
  • In Kazan, Nicol swam the 4×100-m medley alongside teammates Dominique Bouchard, Katerine Savard and Sandrine Mainville, finishing sixth.
  • Nicol studied applied physiology at Southern Methodist University.
  • She plans to pursue a career in sports therapy.
  • In 2014-15 she received both All-Conference Honors and All-American Honors for her swimming performances.
  • In 2010, Nicol won the gold medal in the 50-m breaststroke and added two bronze at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
  • Her father Chris was a competitive swimmer in his native Scotland before coming to Canada to compete for Queen’s University.
  • Her mother Lorraine was president of the Lethbridge Club for four years and a member of the board for six.
  • She says her biggest influences are the horse Seabiscuit and her family
Quick Facts
  • Instagram: @cheetah_345
  • Favourite Movie: Gladiator
  • Favourite Book: East
  • Favourite TV Show: Friends, Parks and Rec, Game of Thrones
  • Favourite Actor/Actress: Viggo Mortensen
  • Favourite Band: Rolling Stones
  • Pre-Race Meal: Pasta
  • Guilty Pleasure: Teen books
  • Superhero: Batman

Rachel’s Personal Bests

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EventCourseTimeDateMeetRecordsStatus
200m Breaststroke50mCanadian Trials---
200m Breaststroke25mISL Series 14
100m Freestyle Laps25mISL Series 12RELAY
50m Breaststroke Laps25mUC Dino CupRELAY
100m Medley25mUCSC Fall Start Up
50m Butterfly25mVivos JP Fiset Invitational
200m Medley25mRocky Mountain Cup
50m Breaststroke25mUCSC Team Champs---
50m Breaststroke50mFINA: 17th World Championships---
50m Freestyle50mLASC Spring Challenge
100m Freestyle50mSpring Championships
50m Freestyle25mCollege's Cup Mountain
100m Breaststroke Laps25mFINA: 13th World Short Course ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Breaststroke25mFINA: 13th World Short Course Championships---
100m Breaststroke Laps50mXXXI Olympic GamesRELAY
100m Breaststroke50mXXXI Olympic Games---
50m Breaststroke Laps50mSpeedo Age Group and Senior ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Butterfly50mSpeedo Age Group and Senior Championships
50m Freestyle Laps50mSpeedo Age Group and Senior ChampionshipsRELAY
200m Medley50mCanadian Swimming Trials
100m Butterfly50mCascade Swimming International
100m Backstroke25mTime Trials
50m Backstroke25mFall Invitational
100m Freestyle Laps50mI Youth Olympic GamesRELAY
100m Backstroke50mI Youth Olympic GamesRELAY
400m Medley50mAMAC June Long Course Invitational
200m Butterfly50mLA Swim Club Spring Challange
200m Freestyle50mPan Pacific Trials
200m Freestyle25mWestern Canadian ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Freestyle Laps25mFall ChallengeRELAY
100m Freestyle25mFall Challenge
400m Freestyle25mFall Challenge
400m Freestyle50mLA Swim Club Spring Challenge
200m Freestyle Laps25mWestern Canadian ChampionshipsRELAY
800m Freestyle25mLA Swim Club Fall Challenge
50m Backstroke50mSpring Challenge
200m Backstroke50mAmac - Lasc Dual Meet
200m Butterfly25mSpeed Meet Sc
25m Freestyle25mHorns Classic
25m Breaststroke25mHorns Classic
25m Butterfly25mHorns Classic
25m Backstroke25mHorns Classic
100m Butterfly25mFall Challenge
400m Medley25mAlberta Age Group Championship
200m Backstroke25mKinsmen Invitational