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Nikki M. Daniels
Position: Breast
Height: 5'9"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Wichita, Kan.
High School: Wichita Northwest HS
Club: Wichita Swim Club
Experience: 3 Letters
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Nikki Daniels Bio
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 09/29/2013
SOPHOMORE (2012-13): Daniels established herself as one of the top breaststrokers in the country during her sophomore campaign for the Razorbacks, capping an incredible season with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships with a time of 59.18 in the 100-yard breaststroke to earn All-America honors. Daniels became the first Razorback All-American in the 100 breaststroke and the 35th individual in the history of the program to achieve All-America status. She broke the school record in the 100 breaststroke three times with her top time of 59.11 coming in the prelims at the NCAA Championship. Daniels’ performance helped Arkansas place 26th, the best program finish since 1990. Daniels also was a huge part of Arkansas’ relay success, contributing to the 200 and 400 medley relays, helping the Razorbacks to an undefeated record in the 200 medley relay in dual meet action. She teamed up to break the medley relay records a combined four times. At the SEC Championships she was part of the record-breaking 200 medley relay team that posted a 1:37.79, an NCAA ‘A’ cut and the 12th-fastest time in the nation at that time. In the finals of the 400 medley relay she helped set the current school record of 3:36.63. Daniels’ success extended into the classroom, as she was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the fall semester in the middle of the busy swimming season.

FRESHMAN (2011-12): Daniels led a strong group of freshman breaststrokers recording the team’s fastest 100 and 200-yard breaststroke times of the year with her 1:01.64 at the SEC Championships and her 2:14.04 at the Tennessee Invitational, both NCAA ‘B’ cut times. Daniels earned 10 top-three finishes during the season, all in breaststroke events. She was impressive in the first meet of her career, clocking 2:16.67 in the 200 breaststroke to place second in the season-opening meet against Auburn. Daniels followed with another impressive performance against a top team, placing second in the 100 breaststroke against Florida with a time of 1:03.00. She finished first in the 100 breaststroke at the Rice Invitational, clocking 1:04.23, and was also first in the 200 breaststroke against Vanderbilt with a time of 2:17.36. Daniels placed second in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke against Penn State and Navy, and second in both events later in the season against Kansas. Daniels swam the breaststroke leg for the 200 medley relay team that clocked 1:42.18 for the fourth-best time in school history, and also for the 400 medley relay teams that finished in 3:42.00 and 3:42.67 for second- and fourth-best in the Arkansas record books. In addition to her prowess in the breaststroke, Daniels swam the 200 IM at four different meets throughout the course of the season.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Daniels was honored as an All-American all four years at Wichita Northwest, including first-team all-state honors her sophomore and junior years. She was the state champion in the 100 breaststroke her sophomore, junior and senior years, and was state champion in the 200 IM her senior year. Daniels holds school records in the 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 100 IM, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle.

PERSONAL: Daniels was born June 11, 1993 in Wichita, Kan., to Bob and Debbie Daniels. She has one older brother named Bobby and has an interest in art. Daniels chose Arkansas because of the team, and because she liked the UA campus.

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