Shae Nicolaisen Gives Verbal Nod to Duke for 2018-19

Phoenix, Arizona’s Shae Nicolaisen has verbally committed to Duke University, where she will join Brynne O’Shea, Easop Lee, Melissa Pish, Rachel Peroni, Shayna Hollander, and Zoe Lusk in the class of 2022.

“I am beyond excited to announce my commitment to swim for Duke University!!! I chose Duke because of the incredible balance between academics and athletics and because of the amazing team atmosphere. I instantly fell in love with Duke the moment I stepped on campus and I can’t wait to be a part of such a great program under Coaches Dan, Doak, and Dawn! Go Blue Devils!!!”

Nicolaisen attends Desert Vista High School in Phoenix. A two-time NISCA All-American and a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All- American, she is the Arizona High School Division 1 State Champion in the 200 freestyle and a member of the winning 200 free relay squad. At the 2016 AIA Division I Championships last November, she won the 200 free in 1:49.96, was runner-up in the 100 fly (56.22), anchored the winning 200 free relay (24.15) and led off the third-place 400 free relay (52.09).

Nicolaisen trains at Scottsdale Aquatic Club under the direction of Kevin Zacher and Bob Platt. She is an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 800 freestyle, and Junior Nationals finalist. Nicolaisen qualified and swam at the World Championships Trials this June in the 200, 400, 800, and 1500 freestyles. She also excels in the 100/200 fly and 200/400 IM.

SCY times:

  • 200 free – 1:49.76
  • 500 free – 4:51.02
  • 1000 free – 10:03.52
  • 1650 free – 16:50.27
  • 100 fly – 56.09
  • 200 fly – 2:01.46
  • 200 IM – 2:04.66
  • 400 IM – 4:21.05

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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