Competes in distance events...Has stepped up as a distance swimmer for the Green and Gold.
2007-08: Recorded one first place finish, winning the 1000 free (11:47.43) in victory over Manhattan/Saint Peter's (11/17)...Tallied three second place finishes including the 800 free relay against Sacred Heart (12/1), the 500 free relay vs. NJIT (1/14) and the 1000 free vs. Canisius (1/20)...Placed fourth in four events.
2006-07: Had a dominant second place time in the 1000 free event at Iona (11/8)...Also placed second in the 1000 free at Canisius (1/20)...Recorded five fourth place finishes.
2005-06: Garnered two first-place finishes in the 1000 free at Manhattan (12/10) and the 500 free versus Marist (1/14)...Placed second in the 500 free at Manhattan (12/10)...Captured two third-place finishes in the 1000 free versus and the 500 free versus Niagara (1/21).
BEFORE SIENA: Lettered four years of swimming in the sprint and backstroke events at Saint Anthony's...Recipient of All-League Award her sophomore and junior seasons...Led Saint Anthony's to a NSCHSGAA Championship...Recipient of the North Shore Swim Club Coaches Award.
PERSONAL: Born April 16, 1987 in Wantagh, N.Y....The daughter of Vito and Maria Nocera...Has a younger sister, Angela who is on the swim team at American University...A business major who aspires to become the manager of a company...Chose Siena for the distance from home and opportunity to be part of the swim team...Enjoys reading and spending time with her family...Also recruited to swim for Saint Francis (N.Y.).
BROWN ON NOCERA: "Melissa is a hard worker who's very determined. I give her a lot of credit for making a seamless transition from being a sprinter to a distance swimmer."