National Teams

Senior National Team

Rachel Nicol

  • Age 28
  • 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

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

Rachel’s Bio

  • 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

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