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Nikki Daniels
Nikki Daniels

Nikki Daniels

Breaststroke | Senior | 5-9 | Wichita, Kan.

#RAZORFACTS:
– Earned All-American honors after a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
– Completed the 2014-15 season with her second All-American honor with an honorable mention title in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2015 NCAA Championships.
– Placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2015 SEC Championships, making her the first Razorback in five years to make it on the podium.
– Departs the Arkansas program with a Razorback record in the 100 breaststroke and as a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay.
– Chosen as one of 22 Razorback Classics by the Arkansas Alumni, recognizing her work.

 

SENIOR (2014-15):

Concluded an incredible Razorback career with her second-career All-American honor in the 100 breaststroke, placing 15th for honorable mention All-American… Placed third in the 100 breaststroke at the SEC Championships, making her the first Razorback in five years to make it onto the podium… A member of the 400 medley relay quartet that registered the fastest time in program history (3:35.09) at the SEC Championships… Clocked the fourth-fastest 100 breaststroke time in program history at the SEC Championships (59.46)… Departs the Arkansas program with a Razorback record in the 100 breaststroke and as a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay… Qualified for the championship heat of the 200 breast at the SEC Championships, where she placed eighth with a time of 2:11.88… Touched the wall first in the 100 (1:01.63) and 200 (2:16.25) breaststroke against Florida in the season opener… A member of Arkansas’ 200 medley relay that took third against Texas A&M (1:42.08)… Took second against the Aggies in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.10… Assisted Arkansas’ ‘A’ 200 medley relay team to a second-place finish (1:49.91) against Missouri… Clocked a time of 1:02.41 in the 100 breaststroke, good for third place against the Tigers… Took second in the 200 breaststroke against Mizzou with a time of 2:15.87… Earned first place in the 200 (2:17.96) and 100 (1:02.53) breaststroke at Nebraska… Aided the Razorbacks 200 medley relay team to a first-place finish (1:42).90) against the Huskers… Georgia Tech Invitational Champion in the 100 (59.89) and 200 (2:11.66) breaststroke… Helped Arkansas swim to a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:35.98) and a fourth-place finish in the 200 medley (1:39.64) at the Georgia Tech Invite… Swam a season-best 59.58 in the 100 breaststroke Georgia Tech Invite prelims, nearing an NCAA ‘A’ cut time (59.12)… Finished the 2014-15 season with a sweeps of the 100 and 200 breaststroke, touching the wall first against Vanderbilt, Missouri State and Kansas.

JUNIOR (2013-14):

Competed in Arkansas’ 200-yard medley relay that took 27th at NCAA prelims… Claimed a 17th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.17) and 18th in the 200 breaststroke (2:09.71) at the NCAA prelims… Was a member of Arkansas’ ‘A’ relay team that took first in the 200-yard medley at the Kansas, Vanderbilt double dual (1:42.20), LSU (1:40.75), at Missouri State (1:43.24) and against Nebraska (1:41.76)… Claimed first place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.96 and took second in the 50-yard freestyle (23.06) at the Kansas, Vanderbilt double dual… Snagged a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02:04) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:14.88) at LSU… Finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke in the Alabama, Kentucky double dual (2:15.52) and at Missouri State (2:17.92).

SOPHOMORE (2012-13):

Capped 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… 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… 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… Her NCAA performance helped Arkansas place 26th, the best program finish since 1990… 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… 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… Was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the fall semester.

FRESHMAN (2011-12):

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… Earned 10 top-three finishes during the season, all in breaststroke event… Clocked 2:16.67 in the 200 breaststroke to place second in the season-opening meet against Auburn and her first meet as a Razorback… Placed second in the 100 breaststroke against Florida with a time of 1:03.00… 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… 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… 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… Swam the 200 IM at four different meets throughout the course of the season.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB:

Honored as an All-American all four years at Wichita Northwest, including first-team all-state honors her sophomore and junior years… 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… Holds school records in the 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 100 IM, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle.

PERSONAL:

Born June 11, 1993 in Wichita, Kan. to Bob and Debbie Daniels… Has one older brother named Bobby and has an interest in art… Chose Arkansas because of the team, and because she liked the UA campus… Chosen as one of 22 Razorback Classics by the Arkansas Alumni, recognizing her work