Heather Merritt
Heather  Merritt

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Huntersville, N.C.

High School:
William A. Hough HS

Event:
Freestyle/Backstroke/Butterfly/IM



AWARDS/HONORS
  • 2016 CSCAA Scholar All-American
  • 2016 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
  • 2015 Honorable Mention CSCAA Scholar All-American
  • 2015 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll

  • IN THE RECORD BOOK
  • 1st -- 100 Backstroke
  • 1st, 2nd -- 800 Freestyle Relay
  • 1st -- 200 Medley Relay
  • 1st, 3rd -- 400 Medley Relay
  • 3rd -- 200 IM
  • 3rd -- 200 Backstroke
  • 3rd, 4th -- 400 Freestyle Relay
  • 4th -- 200 Freestyle

  • 2016 (SOPHOMORE)
  • Swam in six individual events as a sophomore
  • Took part in three events at the SEC Championships, with her best finish, 26th, in the 200 backstroke (1:57.39)
  • Placed 30th in the 200 freestyle (1:48.23) and 40th in the 200 IM (2:00.91) at the SEC Championships
  • Tallied a pair of victories in a dual meet against Vanderbilt, winning the 100 backstroke (57.67) and 200 backstroke (2:04.94)
  • Grabbed third-place finishes against Alabama in the 100 and 200 back
  • Posted 10 total top-five finishes

  • 2015 (FRESHMAN)
  • Primarily competed in the 100 and 200 backstroke, also swam the 100 Butterfly and 200 IM
  • Finished 23rd in the 100 (54.67) and 200 (1:58.63) Backstroke at the SEC Championships while setting personal records in the preliminaries of both events, going 54.18 in the 100 and 1:57.83 in the 200
  • Placed 30th in the 200 IM with a career-best time of 2:00.41 at the SEC Championships
  • Member of the Gamecocks' record-setting 400 Medley Relay at the SEC Championships
  • Finished in fourth place in the 200 I IM (2:01.67) at the Virginia Tech Invitational, also placed eighth in the 100 butterfly (56.32) and 100 backstroke (56.91) and ninth in the 200 backstroke (1:59.28)
  • Earned the first wins of her collegiate career in the 100 backstroke (56.83) and 100 butterfly (56.75) against Florida Gulf Coast
  • Tallied five individual wins throughout the season

  • PRE COLLEGE
  • Graduated from William A. Hough High School
  • Lettered in swimming all four years
  • Helped lead team to 4A NCHSSA State Championships in 2012 and 2013
  • Member of SwimMac Carolina

  • PERSONAL
  • Heather Nicole Merritt is the daughter of David and Holly Merritt
  • Mother, Holly swam at Penn State
  • Has two sisters, Jessica and Kensley
  • Majoring in marketing with a minor in elementary eduacation
  • Merritt's Top Times
    Event Time Date Meet Location
    50 Freestyle 24.55 1/23/16 SC Quad Meet Columbia, S.C.
    200 Freestyle 1:47.25# 2/16/16 SEC Championships Columbia, Mo.
    100 Backstroke 54.18p 2/20/15 SEC Championships Auburn, Ala.
    200 Backstroke 1:57.39p 2/20/16 SEC Championships Columbia, Mo.
    100 Butterfly 55.53p 11/21/14 Virginia Tech Invite Blacksburg, Va.
    200 IM 2:00.41p 2/18/15 SEC Championships Auburn, Ala.

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