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Mackenzie Niness
Mackenzie  Niness


Sutton, Mass.

High School:
Notre Dame Academy





Sixteen Wildcats Named to All-BIG EAST Swim Team

Kaisla Kollanus, the BIG EAST Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer, leads way for Wildcats with seven top-three finishes

Top Times:
100 Butterfly -- 55.10 (2015 BIG EAST Championships)
200 Butterfly -- 2:01.79 (11/19/16 at the Hokie Fall Invitational)
200 Backstroke -- 2:02.65 (HS)
200 IM -- 2:02.97 (2016 BIG EAST Championships)
400 IM -- 4:32.96 (11/18/16 at the Hokie Fall Invitational)
50 Freestyle -- 24.97 (11/17/16 at the Hokie Fall Invitational
100 Freestyle -- 26.13 (2015 vs. Richmond)

2016-17: Competed in freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and IM events during the season…Named to the All-BIG EAST Team for her performances in the 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard medley relay at the BIG EAST Championships…Helped the winning 400-yard medley relay team break the school record with a time of 3:40.18…Swam in three individual events at the BIG EAST Championships…Placed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.69…Finished second in the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall at 2:02.04…Had a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:03.62…Selected to the 2016-17 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area team.

2015-16: Named to the 2016 All-BIG EAST Team with her 2:00.46 first-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships...Also competed in the 100 butterfly...Swam in 10 meets on the year...Primarily swam in the 100 and 200 butterflies and the 200 medley relay while occasionally appearing in the 200 backstroke, 200 IM and the 400 medley relay. 

2014-15: Named to the 2015 All-BIG EAST Team with two second-place finishes at the BIG EAST Championships ... Finished second in both the 100 (55.45) and 200 (2:02.03) butterfly events at the conference championships ... Also came in fifth place during the 200 backstroke at the BIG EAST Championships ... Swam in 10 meets on the year ... Primarily swam in the 100 and 200 butterflies and the 200 medley relay while occasionally appearing in the 200 backstroke and the 400 medley relay ... Appeared in 32 events on the year with 16 top-five finishes.

Notre Dame Academy: A four-year letterwinner in swimming at Notre Dame Academy under Coach Dana Hodges and Scott Niness ... Also earned two letters in track and field ... Swam club for Crimson Aquatics ... Coaches Award in 2012 ... A Worcester Telegram and Gazette All-Star in 2012 ... Central Massachusetts Swimming All-Star from 2010-14 ... Won an English Literature Award in 2014 ... Been swimming for 11 years up until start of college ... Two-time Scholastic All-American ... Holds the 100 Butterfly pool record at Simmons College ... Two-time High School State Champion in 2012 for the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke ... A High School Sectional Champion in the 100 Butterfly (2012), 100 Backstroke (2013) ... Personal high school bests of 56.81 in the 100 Butterfly, 2:02.69 in the 200 Butterfly, 58.85 in the 100 Backstroke, 2:02.65 in the 200 Backstroke, 2:08.84 in the 200 IM, 4:32.17 in the 400 IM.

Personal: Born on Sept. 19, 1995 in Abington, Pa. to W. Scott and Patricia ... Older sister to one younger brother, Jason ... Her grandfather Sam, played football at Tufts from 1955-59 as a tight end ... Her cousins Carly, played soccer at Penn State, and Ashley, ran track and field at Colgate ... Attended Notre Dame Academy in Worcester, Mass. ... Studying criminology at Villanova ... Hopes to become an FBI Agent ... Chose Villanova for its community in the pool and outside of it.