Nicolas Albiero Joins Growing List of Swimmers Opting for “Super Senior” Season

The latest swimmer to announce that they will return to collegiate swimming for a bonus 5th year next season is University of Louisville’s Nicolas Albiero.

He told SwimSwam on Sunday that the decision made sense for him because he is pursuing a one-year full-time MBA program at the school.

“There are still goals I want to accomplish in short course yards,” he said. “I’m looking forward to a normal year of training with my Louisville teammates.”

Albiero is part of a growing list of NCAA Division I swimmers and divers who are taking advantage of an NCAA waiver next season that allows swimmers who competed in the 2020-2021 season to use an extra year of eligibility.

Last season, as a senior, Albiero led the Cardinals to the program’s first-ever ACC Championship, which was followed by a 5th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

At those NCAA Championships, he won the national title in the 200 fly in 1:38.64. That was part of a 51-point effort that made him the 5th-best scorer, swimmer or diver, at the NCAA Championships.

He also finished 2nd in the 100 fly in 44.32 and 5th in the 100 back in 44.86.

Besides his individual efforts, Albiero swam on 4 Louisville relays. That includes a 20.07 butterfly split on the team’s 200 medley relay that won an NCAA title – the school’s first-ever NCAA title in a relay event.

Best Times in Yards:

  • 100 free – 42.36
  • 200 free – 1:32.31
  • 100 fly – 44.32
  • 200 fly – 1:38.64
  • 100 back – 44.75
  • 200 back – 1:41.70
  • 200 IM – 1:45.63
  • 400 IM – 3:49.81

With the recent announcement that 200 fly runner-up Trenton Julian will return to Cal as well as 6th-place finisher in the 200 fly at the US Olympic Trials Corey Gambardella of Indiana, that event looks like it will be stacked at the 2022 NCAA Championships.

The Cardinals made hay at the NCAA Championships in relays: only 3 of the team’s 13 individual qualifiers scored points. If they can get that long list of qualifiers to turn into more points next season, the Cardinals become dangerous at the national level.

Nicolas competed at the recent U.S. Olympic Trials where he placed 4th in the 200 fly in 1:55.85. That left him just half-a-second short of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Louisville’s head coach Arthur Albiero is Nicolas Albiero‘s father.

Athletes who return for a 5th year in the 2021-2022 season won’t have their scholarships counted against teams’ limits, though those scholarships will still have to be paid for. While athletes from all classes who participated in the 2020-2021 season can use a 5th year, in future seasons that will mean counting their scholarships against a team’s limit: 9.9 per team for men and 14 per team for women.

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Pack Mack
2 months ago

Was there ever any doubt? It’s a family affair.

Ol' Longhorn
2 months ago

The Julian-Albiero 200 fly is going to be epic. Very high on both of these guys.

PFA
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 months ago

Going to be fun to watch that potential rematch next year.

Swimmer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 months ago

And Antani Ivanov

Antani Ivanov
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 months ago

Keep sleeping 😄

Pirate
Reply to  Antani Ivanov
2 months ago

Thats what im talking about. Let them know! Love it

Antani Ivanov
Reply to  Pirate
2 months ago

Let em downvote 😄, I’ll be in there still

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Antani Ivanov
2 months ago

I’m practically comatose outside of those two.

DJTrockstoYMCA
2 months ago

Great choice – He is not in his prime, should crush it at NCAAs AND this will help him rock it at Olympic trials in 2024!!!

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
2 months ago

He would be good in the ISL

Ghost
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
2 months ago

So?

Swammerstein
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
2 months ago

if there was major sports league money in the ISL then I would agree with what youre getting at but for someone like him, staying in the NCAA is probably a better route. The free tuition is more than hed make in ISL

Facts
2 months ago

A one year mba program while swimming.. sheesh

Bfunk
Reply to  Facts
2 months ago

It will be an easier course load than he took all four years of his undergrad education. He will basically be living life as a professional swimmer on a college campus now.

Swammerstein
Reply to  Facts
2 months ago

Thatd be so nice, free easier masters degree

Eisenheim
2 months ago

You couldn’t find a nicer guy than Nick. Can’t wait to watch him whip a$$ even more so in the coming years.

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