After an exemplary career at the University of Louisville, Nick Albiero will represent Brazil at the Paris Olympics. | Twitter: @AlbieroNick

Name: Nick Albiero
Country: Brazil
Sport: Swimming, men’s 200-meter butterfly
Previous Olympic Experience: None
Social Media: Tiktok / Instagram / X

Who is Nick Albiero?

With five men’s 200 Yard Butterfly ACC conference championships to his name, Nick Albiero put together one of the most decorated careers in the history of NCAA swimming.

During his time at the University of Louisville, Albiero’s dominance in his event earned him two NCAA national championships and 13 relay championships. He was also named a two-time ACC men’s Swimmer of the Year in 2021 and 2022.

In 2021, Albiero helped make school history as his performance was a prominent factor in leading the Cardinals to their first ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Conference Championship. Then in 2022, he was named Academic All-America Division I Men’s At Large Team Athlete of the Year.

After experiencing Louisville Pride for the first time in 2022, he decided to come out publicly as gay by publishing an Instagram post dressed in head to toe rainbows.

“It was really fun. I felt very at home. Everyone was accepted, and you could just be who you were. It was such a cool atmosphere,” he told Outsports.

Nick Albiero at the Paris Summer Olympics

Thanks to his decorated college career, Albiero established a strong foundation as a swimmer and made competing in the Olympics his goal.

A dual citizen of the United States and Brazil, he decided to join the Brazilian Swimming Federation in 2023 during the run-up to the Paris Games.

“Joining the Brazilian Swimming Federation allows me to embrace my family heritage and pay tribute to my dad’s roots,” he said to SwimSwam reporter Yanyan Li.

During the 2024 Brazilian Swimming Championships, Albiero won a gold medal in the Men’s 200-meter butterfly with a personal best time of 1:55.52 and officially qualified to represent Brazil at the 2024 Olympics.

After a lifetime of work, Albiero now has a chance to take the skills that put him in the NCAA history books and show them off on the world stage.