Nicholas Rees

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Nicholas Rees
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Rees
National team  Bahamas
Born (1982-03-17) 17 March 1982 (age 35)
Nassau, Bahamas
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly
Club Barracuda Swim Club
College team Ohio State University (U.S.)
Coach Bill Wadley (U.S.)

Nicholas Rees (born February 17, 1982) is a Bahamian former swimmer, who specialized in butterfly events.[1] He is a two-time Olympian (2000 and 2004), a former Caribbean and Bahamian record holder in the 100 m butterfly, a varsity swimmer for the Ohio State Buckeyes, and a graduate of business administration at Ohio State University.[2] Rees later obtained an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami. Nicholas Rees is also the grandson of Lionel Wilmot Brabazon Rees, VC, British war hero, Victoria Cross recipient and advisor to the Crown.

Rees made his first Bahamian team, as an eighteen-year-old junior, at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where he competed in the men's 100 m butterfly. Swimming in heat two, and struggling with a crippling shoulder injury, he rounded out a field of eight swimmers to fifty-seventh overall by 0.77 of a second behind Bermuda's Stephen Fahy in 57.23.[3][4]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Rees qualified again for the 100 m butterfly, by clearing a FINA B-standard entry time of 55.89 from the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.[2][5] He challenged seven other swimmers on the second heat, including fellow two-time Olympians Conrad Francis of Sri Lanka and Daniel O'Keeffe of Guam. He raced to a third spot by a 1.52-second margin behind winner Michal Rubáček of the Czech Republic in 56.39. Rees failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed fiftieth overall in the preliminaries.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Nicholas Rees". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Ohio State Swimmer Nick Rees Earns Trip to 2004 Olympic Games". Ohio State Buckeyes Athletics. 31 July 2003. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 100m Butterfly Heat 2" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 206. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Hoppert, Melissa (2 June 2000). "Rees qualifies to swim in Olympics". The Lantern. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Swimming – Men's 100m Butterfly Startlist (Heat 2)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Men's 100m Butterfly Heat. 2". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Thomas, Stephen (19 August 2004). "Men’s 100 Butterfly, Day 6 Prelims: Crocker Blasts Back into Form as Fastest Qualifier; Serdinov and Phelps Right on his Tail". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Former Ohio State Swimmer Nick Rees Finishes Third in Heat of 100 Fly". Ohio State Buckeyes Athletics. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 27 April 2013.