Senior, Nicole Sowell has recently announced her commitment to swim and study at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida via her Instagram.

“I’m beyond excited and blessed to announce my verbal commitment to swim & study at the University of Miami! I’m incredibly grateful to all my coaches, teammates, friends, and family for all their endless love and support. GO CANES!!”

Sowell grew up in St. Johns, Florida, which is located near Jacksonville. She started swimming at the age of five with a summer league team. She started because her cousins did swam and she wanted to join in on all of the fun. She started swimming year round at the age of seven and said she fell in love with it.

As her swimming progressed, she became notably better at mid-distance freestyle events like the 500 and 200 yard/meter. However, Sowell enjoys backstroke as well. Some of her biggest achievements include placing 5th at 3A States in 2017 in the 200 free, 6th at States in 2016 also in the 200 free, and 7th place in the 100 freestyle at 3A States. She swims with St. Johns High School under Robert Bruns and club with Bolles.

The University of Miami has a NCAA Division I women’s swim team that placed 29th at last year’s NCAA’s. When asked why she choose the school, Sowell said, “I was extremely attracted to UM because of the limitless number of opportunities the school had to offer in and out of the pool. I fell in love as soon as I stepped on campus and felt that the coaches and team had a great culture and atmosphere that I knew I wanted to be a part of.” Sowell is looking forward to both swimming and studying business at the university.

We wish her luck in her future endeavors as a Hurricane!

Top SCY times:

100 free: 52.96

200 free: 1:53.04

100 back: 1:00.16

200 back: 2:12. 55

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By Cathleen Rabideau