A Graduation Story: "Awesome" For Katey Nelson

    In her five years at San Jose State University, swimmer Katey Nelson easily was one of the most spirited Spartan student-athletes. Nelson could be seen at home events, whether on the main campus or at the South Campus, cheering on her fellow Spartans.

    Nearly 20,000 people were cheering for the recreation major from Santa Rosa, Calif., in Spartan Stadium on May 29, 2010 during the University's annual commencement exercise.

    "It means a lot. I've accomplished a lot in the last few years, met a lot of great people and now will open a new chapter in my life," said Nelson, who completed her degree requirements in December 2009 and came back to celebrate her accomplishments.

    Nelson was a prototype for the model student-athlete at San Jose State. She was an All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) caliber swimmer during the 2006 through 2009 seasons who excelled in the middle distance freestyle and backstroke events. Her best marks rank among the Spartans' top-10 all-time in the 100 and 200 backstroke and 500 freestyle.

    Nelson's energy was a positive force in the Spartans' best dual meet season in school history. The 16-1 win-loss record in 2008-09 concluded with a 16-match winning streak that was the longest in Division I that season. She names the 2009 WAC Championship meet, when she earned first-team All-WAC honors and helped the team to a fourth-place finish as a great way to conclude her college career.

    "The WAC Championship my last year was really memorable. We did really well. There was the overall experience of being on the team with great people, great coaches and everything," Nelson said about competing for the Spartans.

    In the classroom, she was a San Jose State University Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic-All WAC honoree. Nelson said her lower division recreation and the event planning classes were her favorites.

    "My teachers and professors were awesome," Nelson said, who seeks to use her degree in a recreation and/or hospitality management-connected occupation.

    Employers looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and loyal employee would do very well looking for this model San Jose State University student-athlete as their next new hire.

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