Verona native Beata Nelson wins three NCAA titles

MADISON, Wi. Verona native Beata Nelson won three NCAA titles over the weekend at the NCAA Championships in Austin, TX.

Nelson claimed her third title by winning the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:47:24, which is a new NCAA record.

On Thursday, Nelson, who was seeded third in the 200-yard individual medley, swam for the title with a time of 1:50:79. The junior beat last year's national title-holder, Stanford's Ella Eastin, by swimming the second-fastest mark in the history of the event.

On Friday, Nelson claimed her second title winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 49.18, the fastest mark in the history of the event. With that win, Nelson became the first Badger to win two national titles.