|Full name||Nicole Dryden|
April 5, 1975 |
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
|College team||University of Florida
At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Dryden reached the finals with the Canadian women's relay teams in the 4x100-metre freestyle relay (eighth) and in the 4x100-metre medley relay (sixth). In the individual women's 100-metre backstroke, Dryden advanced to the consolation final, finishing fourteenth overall; she also participated in qualifying heats of the women's 200-metre freestyle and the women's 200-metre backstroke. Four years later at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Dryden placed fourteenth in the women's 800-metre freestyle.
Dryden accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she was a member of the Florida Gators swimming and diving team from 1993 to 1996. As a Gator swimmer she was a five-time Southeastern Conference (SEC) champion (twice in the 500-yard freestyle, twice in the 800-yard freestyle relay, and once in the 1,650-yard freestyle), and received nine All-American honors. She was also a five-time Ivy League champion as a swimmer for the Brown Bears swimming team of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated from Brown with a bachelor's degree in international relations in 1998.
Life after competition swimming
Dryden earned her juris doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in Brooklyn, New York in 2005, and currently works as a human rights and immigration lawyer in the New York City office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy. Dryden previously served as a visa officer for the Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka and Kenya, and worked for the International Organization for Migration with Somali immigration officials.
Dryden also volunteers as an athlete ambassador for several organizations that work to support the rights of children around the world, including Right To Play and SwimLanka. She is also a celebrity swimmer for Swim Across America, a charitable organization that works with former Olympic swimmers to raise funds for cancer research.
- Florida Gators
- List of Brown University people
- List of University of Florida Olympians
- List of Commonwealth Games medallists in swimming (women)
- Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Nikki Dryden. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- Florida Swimming & Diving 2011–12 Media Supplement Archived May 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 62, 64, 76, 79 (2011). Retrieved April 13, 2012.
- Fragomen, Our Professionals, Nikki Dryden. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- Swim Across America, Olympians, Nikki Dryden. Retrieved June 5, 2011.