Katelyn Nimsky

Student, Swimmer, Surf Ski Competitor

Katelyn Nimsky


Help Our Oceans Through Academic Study, Conservation and Competition

I’m interested in studying environmental and ocean science at a university level and have been working hands-on with ocean conservation initiatives. I compete in surf ski competitions, lifesaving sport and swimming. I hope to compete at a collegiate level and am training for olympic K1 sprint kayak with a goal of representing the United States in the 2028 Olympic Games.


academics and research interests

Student at West High School, Torrance, California

2016 - Present

Currently enrolled in AP Calculus (BC), AP Government / Economics and AP Biology for my Senior Year. Completed Honors level coursework in Math, Science and English during Freshman and Sophomore years and AP level coursework in Environmental Science, Language Composition and Calculus (AB) in my Junior year. Find out more about West High School.

  • Principal’s Honor Roll from Spring 2017-2019.

  • College Board AP Scholar Award for 2019.

Volunteer at The SEA Lab, an LA Conservation Corps Project

2018 - 2019

Responsible for hosting guided tours, maintenance of animal exhibits and other duties as assigned. Find out more about The SEA Lab, which was unfortunately closed due to lack of funding.


Weighted Academic GPA

InterestS & Activities

Ocean Conservation
Marine Biology
LA Olympics 2028
Lifesaving Sport
Surf Ski Racing
Competitive Swimming


Lifesaving Sport

Lifesaving Sport

Lifesaving Sport

2018 United States Youth National Lifesaving Team
Lifesaving World Championships
Adelaide, Australia Nov 2018

Highlights from my participation in the Youth National Team Competition Include:

  • Finalist / 11th place in Oceanwoman
    (swim, surf ski, prone paddle, run)

  • Finalist / 9th in 4x25m Manikin Relay
    (pool competition)

  • Finalist / 10th in 4x50m Obstacle Relay
    (pool competition)

The USLA Youth National Team gratefully accepts donations at www.usla.org.

2018-2019 Los Angeles County Fire Department
Junior Lifeguard Surf Racing Team

2016-2019 United States Lifesaving Association
U19 High Performance Squad

US Lifesaving Association National Championships
Virginia Beach, Virginia August 2019 Competing for LA County Surf Racing Team


  • USLA U19 National Surf Ski Champion (Gold)

  • U19 Run-Swim-Run (2nd / Silver)

  • Ironperson (4th / Bronze)

  • U19 Paddleboard (4th / Bronze)

US Lifesaving Association National Championships
Virginia Beach, Virginia August 2018 Competing for LA County Surf Racing Team


  • USLA U19 National Surf Ski Champion (Gold)

  • USLA U19 National Ironperson Champion (Gold)

  • USLA U19 National Rescue Relay Champion (Gold)

  • USLA U19 Distance Swim (Bronze - 5th)

California Surf Life Saving Association Regional Championships
Coronado, California July 2018 Competing for LA County


  • CSLSA U19 Ironman (Silver - 2nd)

  • CSLSA U19 Surf Ski (Silver - 2nd)

  • CSLSA U19 Run-Swim-Run (4th)

Various prior CSLSA and National Championship Placements 2015-2017

Skipping 2019 CSLSA Regionals to attend Junior Olympics swim championship meet.

2019 San Clemente Ocean Festival

  • 1st Place Womens Surf Ski Race

  • 3rd Place Womens American Ironwoman

  • 3rd Place Womens Rescue Relay

  • 5th Place Womens Paddleboard Relay

  • 7th Place Womens International Ironwoman

  • 7th Place Womens Surf Race (Ocean Swim)

  • 10th Place Womens Paddleboard Sprint

  • 4th Overall Points in Waterwoman Competition - Open Divison

2019 South Bay Dozen Lifeguard Competition

  • 3rd in Womens Open Surf Ski Race

  • 7th in Women’s Open Oceanwoman/Ironperson

2019 Santa Monica Pier 360

  • 2nd in Women’s Open Surf Ski Race




West High School Varsity Swim Team

Freshman year on (2017-2019)

  • 2018 CIF Southern Section Finalist 500 yd Free

  • 2019 CIF Southern Section Finalist 200yd Free, 500 yd Free. 400 yd Free Relay team placed 2nd overall in Division 4.

Beach Cities Swimming

Various Competitions 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Katelyn Nimsky on CollegeSwimming.com

Surf Ski & Olympic K1

Surf Ski & Olympic K1

Long Distance Surf Ski & Olympic K1

I train with Maggie Hogan and Michele Eray at Paddle California where I work on surf ski racing and K1.

2019 Dana Ocean Challenge 4.5 Mile Short Course

  • 2nd place Female U19 on Surf Ski, 21st overall out of 137 paddlers.

2019 Hal Rosoff Classic 4.5 mile short course

  • 1st place Female U19 on Surf Ski, 18th overall out of 102 paddlers.

2018 Hal Rosoff Classic 4.5 mile short course

  • 1st place Female U16 on Surf Ski, 53rd overall out of 131 paddlers.

2018 Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge 4.5 mile short course

  • 2nd place Female U16 on Surf Ski, 125th overall out of 440 paddlers.

2017 SDOCC La Jolla Shores Invitational 4 mile short course

  • 1st place for Female U16 on Surf Ski, 49th overall out of 104 paddlers.



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