The Nittany Lion 400 freestyle relay team set a new McCoy Natatorium record with a time of 2:57.40
LION CAREER 2012-13: A two-time All-American from his relay team's performances at the NCAA National Championships (3/28-3/30/13) ... Member of the 200 medley relay team that finished sixth at the NCAA Championships with a mark of 1:25.52 ... Part of the 400 medley relay that placed eighth at the NCAA Championships, finishing in 3:08.42 ... Member of the 200 medley relay that broke the Penn State record at the Big Ten Championships 2/27-3/2/13) with a time of 1:25.38 ... Competed in six different individual events during the season ... Posted the third fastest time in Penn State history and fastest on the squad in the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 54.09 at the Last Chance Meet (3/10/13), which qualified for the NCAA "B" standard ... Turned in personal records in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.09, the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 54.09, the 200 breaststroke with a mark of 2:02.54 and the 200 IM, touching the wall in 1:48.79 ... Won four races, three in the 100 breaststroke vs. Navy (1/26/13), vs. Towson (2/2/13) and vs. Villanova (11/10/12) and one in the 100 butterfly vs. Towson ... Hit the NCAA "B" qualifying mark in the 200 IM by turning in a time of 1:48.79 at the Big Ten Championships.
2011-12: Qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 breaststroke in the summer 2012 ... Also competed in the 2012 U.S. Open Swimming Championships in the 100 breaststroke, recording a time of 1:05.18 ... Participated in three events at the Big Ten Championships (2/22-2/25/12), recording a personal best time in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.34 and a season-best mark in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.88 ... Competed in the 200 medley relay against West Virginia (10/22/11), helping the team place second with a time of 1:32.87 ... Member of the 200 medley relay team against Lehigh (2/4/12), recording a time of 1:30.48 for a first place finish.
2010-11: Competed in the 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 IM and 800 freestyle relay at the Big Ten Championships (2/23-2/26/13) ... Finished first in the 100 freestyle against St. Bonaventure (1/22/11) after swimming a 46.19 ... Swam 3:00.59 in the 400 freestyle relay to best the NCAA "B" standard while placing seventh at the Georgia Invitational (12/5/10).
Earned All-America honors in high school while lettering four years straight in swimming ... Swam for the Suburban Seahawks club team under the direction of Charlie Kennedy ... Named a NISCA All-American, Junior USA National Finalist and USA National Qualifier ... Qualified for PIAA Championships junior and senior years ... Lettered for four years in golf.
James Neel Wilson was born in Oxford, Pa. on July 22, 1992 to Nancy and Dave Wilson ... Has one brother, Zach, who attended Penn State ... Majoring in kinesiology.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because of the drive the swimmers had. They were not there to mess around, they were there to do work."