Sam Niesen
Sam Niesen

Middleton, Wis.

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6-5 / 205



Men's Swimming & Diving Looks To Return To Top Of Podium In 2013-14

Season starts Saturday, hosting Grand Valley State


Heger, Welchlin Break School Records As Panthers Finish Runner-Up

Milwaukee takes second overall at league meet


Milwaukee Posts More Record Swims At League Meet

Panthers sit narrowly in second with one day two go


Niesen, Heger Headline Day Two For Milwaukee At Swimming & Diving Championships

Senior backstroker topped a school record


Men's Swimming Sits First At League Championships

Stelpflug leds way with school record in impressive 1000 free

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2012-13: Capped an impressive career by breaking school record in the 100 backstroke to help the 400 medley relay team to a second-place finish at the Horizon League Championships ... individually, finished second in the 200 back, fourth in the 100 back and 13th in the 50 free at the league meet ... also helped the 800 free relay team to a league title and the 400 free and 200 medley relay teams to third-place showings at the league meet ... won an impressive six races on the season and finished in the top three 14 times ... named league swimmer of the week Nov. 14 after winning the 200 IM and 100 back, second in the 200 back and helping the 400 free and 400 medley relays to wins at the Stevens Point Border Battle ... swam the 200 IM four times on the year, taking first once and second twice ... also swam the 200 free once, winning the event, and the 100 free once, taking second ... served as team captain.

2011-12: Earned Second-Team All-Horizon League honors in the 100 back, finished third in the 200 back and won the consolation heat in the 50 free to help Milwaukee to its third-straight team title at the Horizon League Championships ... also helped the 400 free relay team take First-Team All-Horizon League honors in breaking the school record at the league meet ... second in the 200 and 800 free relay at the league championships, just missing both the school records ... second in the 100 back and fourth in the 200 back in the season-opener to help UWM to its first-ever win over Wisconsin Oct. 7 ... topped the field in the 200 back against Grand Valley State Oct. 15 ... runner-up in the 100 back in a win over Ball State Oct. 28 ... one day later, won the same event against Wright State ... second in the 100 back, third in the 200 back and sixth in the 500 free at the Stevens Point Border Battle Nov. 11-12 ... took eighth in the 200 back and 10th in the 100 back at the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational Dec. 2-4 ... won the 200 back and took second in the 100 back against Chicago Jan. 21 ... top finisher in the 100 free and second in the 50 free at Western Illinois Jan. 28 ... touched the wall first in the 200 back in a win over conference-rival Green Bay Feb. 4 ... tallied six wins on the year in addition to eight second-place finishes.

2010-11: Claimed UWM's first individual league crown on the men's side since 2009 when he was victorious in the 200 backstroke at the Horizon League Championships ... also took fifth in the 100 back and eighth in the 500 freestyle at the championship meet ... set career-best times in all three events at the meet as well ... strong first season in the pool at UWM, earning 16 top-three showings, including seven individual wins ... second in the 400 IM against Valparaiso Oct. 16 ... first win came in the 200 free against Wheaton College Nov. 5 ... earned the victory in the 500 free and also placed fourth in both backstroke events at the Stevens Point Border Battle Nov. 12-13 ... second in both back events against Carthage Jan. 16 to start strong finish to the season ... double-winner in back events at University of Chicago Jan. 22 ... also won the 200 back at Green Bay Feb. 5.

Prior to UWM: Came to Milwaukee after a year at Purdue ... won the 100 freestyle against Carthage Nov. 13 ... second in the 100 free against Miami (OH) Oct. 30 ... letterwinner.

High School: A nine-time All-American and six-time all state selection as a high school swimmer ... four-year letterwinner ... All-American in the 100 backstroke his final three seasons, he also earned the honors in the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay in his career ... as a senior, he placed second in the 100 back and third in the 100 free and 200 free relay at the state meet ... Big Eight Conference champ in the 100 back and a Senior National Qualifier in the 200 back ... two-time team MVP.

Personal: Son of Gordy and Sherry Niesen ... majoring in mechanical engineering ... brother, Matt, played football at Wisconsin for two seasons ... chose UWM because it is a good engineering school and close to home ... career goal is to get his degree ... spent 11 years with the Badger Aquatics Club ... lists hobbies as guitar, reading and astronomy ... born Aug. 3, 1991.

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