July 31, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State swimmer Nick Rees (Nassau, Bahamas/St. Augustin) has earned a spot on the Bahamas National Team and will participate in the 100 butterfly at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Rees qualified for the Olympic team in July at the 2003 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. He finished with a time of 55.8 in the 100 butterfly event and placed 45th of 126 competitors. The qualifying time to beat was 56.1. In addition, he finished 49th in the 50 butterfly at the World Championships.
“I was surprised,” Rees said. “I didn’t feel mentally tough and had been battling some injuries. I am excited to get the opportunity but I know I can have a better time.”
Rees also competed internationally for the Bahamas at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and at the 1999 Pan American Games.
Rees, who began his Buckeye career as a walk-on, completed his last year of eligibility this past season. He has blossomed into the second-fastest butterflyer in the storied history of Ohio State swimming. He plans to graduate in March 2004 with a degree in business administration. Rees will continue to train under OSU head coach Bill Wadley.
“I am excited for Nick on making it to the 2004 Games,” Wadley said. “I know he is thrilled. To be a one-time Olympian is such a blessing but to be a two-time Olympian is one of the biggest thrills of all-time.”