Philippines National Teamer Nicole Oliva Verbally Commits to Cal for 2020

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NEW COMMIT: The University of California, Berkeley has gained a new in-state verbal commitment for the 2020-21 season and beyond from Santa Clara, Calif. native and current high school junior Nicole Oliva.

A versatile swimmer, Oliva trains year-round with Santa Clara Swim Club and owns the Winter Juniors standard (or faster) in 10 different events. She recorded five best times and had four top-15 finishes at Juniors West in December and most recently placed seventh in the 1500m free at the TYR Pro Swim Series – Des Moines. A member of the Philippines Swimming National Team, Oliva finaled in the 200m/400m free at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

Also competing for Saint Francis High School, she is a four-time CIF State Championship finalist and a three-time CIF-Central Coast Section champion. Oliva was the 500 free runner-up and earned the bronze in the 200 free as a sophomore after placing third in the 500 free and seventh in the 100 back during her rookie season. She has also earned both NISCA and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors for her efforts.

She told Swimming World:

“I am grateful to announce my verbal commitment to continue my education and swimming career at the University of California, Berkeley as part of the Class of 2024. I chose Cal because of the wonderful team and staff, programs that challenge me to be the best I can be, and the amazing diversity found in the campus environment. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this journey. Go Bears!”

Her best times include:

  • 100 free- 49.95
  • 200 free- 1:46.32
  • 500 free- 4:42.51
  • 1000 free – 10:01.25
  • 1650 free- 16:28.13
  • 100 back – 53.71
  • 200 back – 1:59.03
  • 100 fly – 55.77
  • 200 fly – 2:01.84
  • 400 IM – 4:21.39

Oliva’s versatility will be extremely valuable for the Bears when she arrives on campus as a member of the class of 2024. She would’ve scored in the B-final of the 200 free, 500 free, 100 back, the C-final of the 100 free, 200 back, 200 fly and 400 IM as well as placed in the top-15 of the mile at the 2019 Pac-12 Championships.

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  1. Annabelle Ancheta

    Awesome kababayan swimming is best sports you choice. Good luck! 👌

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    Congratulations to Mom, Dad and Nicole, good luck.

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