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Nicole Menzel
Position: Free
Height: 5'7"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Hilton Head, S.C.
High School: Hilton Head HS
Club: Georgia Coastal Aquatic Team
Experience: 3 Letters
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Nicole Menzel Bio
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 09/29/2013
JUNIOR (2012-13): Menzel put together another standout campaign in her junior season placing eighth in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the SEC Championships. Her time of 16:09.56 earned her a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships, where she finished 19th with a time of 16:11.13. The junior competed in 10 different events and earned personal bests in five of the 10. Menzel also recorded personal bests in all three distance events with a 4:43.97 in the 500 freestyle at the NCAA Championships, a 9:48.64 in the 1,000 freestyle at the SEC Championships and her 16:09.56 in the 1,650 freestyle at the SEC Championships. Menzel also swam a personal-best 2:34.60 in the 200 breaststroke against Davidson. In relay action, Menzel helped the Razorbacks break the last standing relay record with a 7:10.87 in the 800 freestyle at the NCAA Championships. 

SOPHOMORE (2011-12): Menzel highlighted a tremendous sophomore campaign with her first trip to the NCAA Championships. Menzel qualified for the national meet in the 1,650 freestyle and finished 25th with a time of 16:25.49. Menzel’s  time of 16:17.94 in the 1,650 freestyle at the SEC Championships ranked 30th in the country for the year and earned her a seventh-place finish at the conference meet. Menzel’s season included four first-place finishes, winning the 200 freestyle against Kansas, the 500 freestyle at the Rice Invitational and against Auburn, and the 1,000 freestyle against Vanderbilt. Menzel’s winning time of 10:05.59 in the 1,000 freestyle against Vanderbilt marked a season-best, as did her time of 1:48.56 in the 200 free at the SEC Championships. Menzel swam an impressive 500 freestyle race at the SEC Championships as well, finishing in 4:49.63, a season-best time, and placing 15th to score for the Razorbacks. In addition to her freestyle dominance, Menzel raced the 400 IM at two different meets and scored at the Tennessee Invitational, placing 14th with a time of 4:25.50. Menzel was also one of nine Razorbacks to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, earning qualification in the 800 freestyle.

FRESHMAN (2010-2011): Proving to be one of the Razorbacks' top competitors in her freshman campaign, Menzel picked up 10 first-place finishes throughout the season. She highlighted her season by earning a spot with her relay team in the Arkansas record book for the third-best time in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:22.17. Menzel was also part of the 800 freestyle relay team that collected the second and fourth spots on the all-time record list. Her best time in the 200 freestyle came at the Purdue Invitational when she clocked 1:50.15, good for sixth. At the Bulldog Invitational at the end of the 2011 portion of the season, Menzel finished with her season-best 500 freestyle time of 4:46.74 and a first-place finish. She also finished first in the 500 freestyle in the first meet of her Razorback career, the double dual against Tulane and North Texas, and at the Utah dual, where she clocked 5:01.10 and 5:02.34, respectively. Menzel's season best 1,000 freestyle time came as a leadoff time in the 1,650 freestyle where she clocked 9:49.31 at the SEC Championships. She placed first in the 1,000 freestyle at four meets throughout the year, including the Houston dual, where she finished with a time of 10:04.06 and the Utah dual, where she finished in 10:11.40. Her season-best 1,650 freestyle time came at the SEC Championships where she clocked a 16:20.34.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Menzel won both the 200 and 500 freestyle events at the South Carolina High School State Championships as a senior. She finished in the top 24 of the 400, 800, and 1,500 freestyle races at the U.S. Junior National Championships and qualified for the U.S. Summer Nationals in 2010.

PERSONAL: Menzel was born March 2, 1992, on Hilton Head Island, S.C., to Paul and Mary Menzel. She has older twin brothers named Chris and Carl. At Hilton Head High School, Menzel was a member of the National Honors Society along with honors societies for Spanish, math and art. She was also an all-state member of the cross country team. Menzel studies sports marketing and recreation at Arkansas and wants to attend law school and become a sports agent following graduation.

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