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Nikki was one of 12 women's swimmers that qualified for the NCAA Championships, which was the second straight year she qualified for NCAAs. She capped her All-American season with a sixth place finish at NCAAs in the 1650 freestyle, swimming a career-best 16:13.35 and topping her previous best time in that event by over 12 seconds. Her other main events were the 500 and 1000 freestyle. In addition to the 1650 free, Nikki also competed in the 500 free at the NCAA Championships. She also finished second in the 1650 and fourth in the 500 freestyle at the Big Ten Championships. Also at Big Ten's, she swam her second-best time in the 200 free and put up her two best career times in the 500 free. Nikki was a second team All-Big Ten selection and a member of the Academic All-Big Ten team.
Other HIghlights: Won the 1650 free, placed second in the 500 free and sixth in the 200 free at the Indiana/Ohio State/Penn State tri-meet....Won the 1000 free by over seven seconds in the dual meet vs. Kenyon....Won the 500 free and 1000 free and was on the first place 400 free relay team in the dual meet vs. Rutgers....Took first place in the 1000 free vs. St. Bonaventure....Won the 500 free in the dual meet at Florida....Picked up points for the Nittany Lions in the 500 free (4th place), 800 free relay (5th place) and 1650 free (3rd place) at the Ohio State Invitational....Picked up points for Penn State in the 200 free (3rd place) vs. West Chester....Finished third in the 500 free and fourth in the 1000 free in the Auburn/Virginia/Purdue/Penn State quad-meet....Won the 1650 free at the Arizona State/UCSB/Penn State tri-meet....Won the 1000 free and placed third in the 500 free in the Arizona/Wisconsin/Penn State tri-meet....Won the 1000 free in the dual meet vs. West Virginia.
Collins made her first career appearance at the NCAA Championships. Collins was one of six Nittany Lions to compete in the 1,650 freestyle, finishing 25th in 16:30.58. She finished sixth in the event at the Big Ten Championships in 16:29.49. She also took 12th in the 500 freestyle, and third in the 800 freestyle relay at the Big Ten Championships.
Nikki swam very well in her first season of collegiate competition. She came in 14th in the 500-yard freestyle event at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 4:51.90, and finished eighth in the 1650 yard freestyle with a time of 16:34.09. Nikki finished seventh with teammates Erin Morris, Sally Anderson and Margy Keefe in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:19.37.
Collins swam under head coach Ken Stopkotte at Carmel High School and on the Carmel Swim Club. She finished in the top eight in the 200 and 500 freestyle all four years of high school. She placed first in the 400 free relay her junior year.
Nikki was born on Aug. 3, 1985. Her parents are Bob and Pat Collins. She has one sister, Danielle. Collins is majoring in human development and family studies.
Why I chose Penn State:
"I chose Penn State because of the way I felt like this was home during my visit, and how the team welcomed me with open arms."
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