Nick's Story


Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Nick was a gifted swimmer very early in his swimming career. He was a member of the United States National Junior team in 1993 representing the USA in Paris, France. In 1994, Nick enrolled at The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. At Peddie, Nick again found success in the pool placing 10th in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200IM, winning the 1996 US Open in the 200IM and being awarded with the meets Most Valuable Swimmer honors. Nick continues to hold the school records in the 200IM and 200 free relay more than 14 years after setting those records. As a political science major at the University of Southern California, Nick was an All-American and 8-time PAC 10 finalist . A personality like no other, he rarely passed up the opportunity to make light of life’s more humorous moments. He made the ordinary extraordinarily hilarious and was able to extract more laughter out of his days than those who will live to be twice his age. For all of us who knew Nick well, his many stories continue to live on…

Our efforts are dedicated towards ensuring that Nick’s legacy continues through endowment programs established in Nick’s name both at The Peddie School and the University of Southern California. We also encourage those interested to support The Hope Heart Institute. The Hope has a 50-year history of revolutionary medical advances and educational curricula that make heart disease - America's No. 1 cause of death - more treatable, beatable, and preventable.