Name: Makayla Nietzel
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 100-meter Butterfly, 400-meter Freestyle, 100-meter Backstroke
Classification: S13, SB13, SM13
DOB: 5/8/2003
Hometown: Crystal Lake, Ill.
High School: Prairie Ridge High School (Crystal Lake, Ill.)
College: Purdue University '25
Team/Club: Cats Aquatic Team
Coach(es): Queenie Nichols
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2020)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, 7th (100-meter butterfly), 7th (400-meter freestyle)
Other Career Highlights
  • IL BSC Illinois Swimming Winter Regional Championships, 7th (100-meter butterfly)
  • IL BSC Illinois Swimming Winter Regional Championships, 8th (200-meter freestyle)
Personal: Born with albinism and is legally blind...She has also been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome...Began swimming lessons as a toddler, and started swimming competitively at age 11...12-time IHSA State record holder...Hobbies include many different forms of art, speaking, singing, music, hiking, biking, writing, gaming, exercising, advocating for disability rights and educating the world on the visually impaired