Nicole Vernon is a senior at the University of Georgia where she is studying Psychology. Vernon was born Jan. 18, 1993 in Delaware, where she attended The Tatnall High School. As an IM and freestyle specialist Vernon’s claim-to-fame is the 400 IM – an event she has won at the Junior Pan Pacs and Short Course Junior Nationals amongst other venues – but she has also excelled as an open water swimmer. Her 400 IM time posted at the 2014 NCAA Championships ranks as the sixth-fastest time in Georgia history. As an all-around threat Vernon can swim nearly any event and has the ability to change around her three events at conference and nationals.
University of Georgia
In her freshman year Vernon swam the 500 freestyle, 200 backstroke and the 400 IM at the NCAA Championships. She was also named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
Vernon switched things up a bit her sophomore, and decided to swim the 200 IM rather than the 500 freestyle. She seventh in the 400 IM, 13th in the 200 backstroke and 22nd in the 200 IM at the SEC Championships. She swam at NCAA’s and helped her team with its fifth national title.
Vernon earned an Honorable Mention All-American nod in the 400 IM after finishing ninth at the NCAA Championships. She also swam the 200 IM and backstroke, and the Bulldogs won their second straight national title. She was also named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
In her final collegiate season Vernon has posted an NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 400 and 200 IM.
At the 2010 Junior Pan Pac Championships Vernon was the gold medalist in the 400m IM and also came in sixth in the 10k open water race. She also placed third in the 5K at the 2009 Open Water National Championships, and early on in her career she finished 11th in the 2007 10K Open Water Grand Prix. At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Vernon finished 14th in the 400m IM.
Vernon was also a member of the 2009-2010 USA Swimming National Team.