Bailey Nero, a senior at Fossil Ridge High School and member of Fort Collins Area Swim Team, has given her verbal accord to swim with Auburn University beginning with the 2015-16 season.
An athletic and academic All-American for the last 2 years, Nero is an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100m (59.99) and 200m (2:13.83) fly. She was the 27th fastest American woman in the 100 fly this summer, and one of only 27 Americans who went under 1:00. She also met the new Trials standard in the 200 fly, and was the 44th fastest American woman, and Colorado state record-holder, in that event. Her times are:
|100y fly: 53.84||100m fly: 59.99|
|200y fly: 1:58.57||200m fly: 2:13.83|
|200y IM: 2:00.65||200m IM: 2:20.89|
|400y IM: 4:16.03||400m IM: 4:55.25|
|100y back: 56.56||100m back: 1:09.28|
|200y back: 1:59.76||200m back: 2:24.21|
At Fossil Ridge Nero won the 100 fly and was fifth in the 500 free at the Colorado High School State Championships 5A her freshman year. The following season she was fourth in the 200 IM and second in the 100 fly. Junior year she placed fifth in the 200 free and was state champion again in the 100 fly.
Her 100 and 200 fly times will be a great addition to the Tigers’ lineup, but her IMs might be even more valuable. Auburn scored far less points in the 200 and 400 IMs at SECs than they did in the fly events.
Wherever they decide to use Nero, it is clear that she will be an immediate-impact member of the squad.