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NU Coach Pablo Morales (Olympic Gold Medalst), Leads NU swimmers to records and personal bests


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"Nebraska senior Abi Knapton captured the first Big Ten Conference diving title in school history on Friday night, when she took first in the platform dive with 343.55 points at the 2021 Big Ten Championships at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center.

The most accomplished diver in Nebraska history, Knapton added to a Big Ten championship to an impressive list of career accomplishment that continues to grow. A three-time first-team All-American on the platform, Knapton's first Big Ten individual title came just one day after capturing a runner-up finish on the three-meter dive. Her final score of 343.55 marked the second-best platform total in her career, trailing only her 343.85 at the Hawkeye Invitational in 2018.

Knapton's win on the platform on Friday marked her fifth career top-eight finish at the Big Ten Championships, including a fourth-place finish on the platform in 2019. She also finished fifth in the three-meter and sixth in the one-meter dive in 2019.

Knapton's title marked Nebraska's first-ever conference title on platform and NU's first conference diving championship on any event since Julie Grimmer won the three-meter dive at the 1995 Big Eight Championships."


"Knapton became Nebraska's second Big Ten champion for the swimming and diving team in as many days, following fellow senior Autumn Haebig's victory in the 200 freestyle in Minneapolis on Thursday."
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"Nebraska's Abigail Knapton made history by becoming the first member of the Husker swimming and diving team to capture first-team All-America honors in the same event four times with her eighth-place finish on platform to cap the 2021 NCAA Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center."
"Coffey smashed a 14-year-old Nebraska record in the 1,650-yard free with a lifetime best of 16:14.19. Coffey's school-record time pushed her past the previous mark set by Lauren Bailey (16:14.36) and propelled her to a 19th-place finish as she just missed All-America honors of her own."
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Knapton Surges into Platform Finals​

"The top-12 divers in Wednesday's competition advanced to Sunday's at 8 p.m. (CST) final round to determine the competitors on the U.S. Olympic Diving Team.

The Omaha Marian High School graduate was the only diver at the U.S. Trials to move to the finals in both the three-meter springboard and the platform. In fact, she was the only diver to qualify for the semifinals in both events. Knapton was a first-team All-American in both events at the 2021 NCAA Championships."
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Knapton Takes Seventh in 3-Meter Final​

Knapton Takes Fifth in Platform Final​

The Omaha Marian High School graduate has one season of eligibility remaining at Nebraska after earning her bachelor's degree in psychology in May. Nebraska's 2021 Female Athlete of the Year and Female Student-Athlete of the Year across all sports is a six-time All-American and two-time Big Ten Champion.
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Madison, Wisc.-- The Nebraska swimming and diving team continued to battle conference foes at the 2022 Big Ten Championships on Friday.

The 100 breaststroke was a highlight event for the Huskers as they sent three swimmers to the finals. Freshman Maia Hall and sophomore Ella Stein had back-to-back finishes with 13th and 14th place to qualify for the B-finals. Hall's prelims time of 1:00.98 marks the fourth-fastest time in Nebraska history in the event, while Stein's 1:01.55 is the sixth-fastest. Freshman JoJo Randby completed the trio as she swam to 18th place in the C-finals with a 1:01.50.

"Today was a pivotal day," Nebraska head coach Pablo Morales said. "We needed a good morning of prelims which we had and then we came back at night with some really great excitement. We had some breakthrough swims and that is what we are looking forward to continuing during the final day tomorrow."

Fifth-year senior Autumn Haebig returned to the podium after finishing in sixth place in the 200 freestyle A-finals with a 1:45.74.

Lincoln-native Berkeley Livingston shaved almost three seconds off her previous career-best time in the 400 IM to finish 10th in the prelims and earn a spot in the B-finals. Her prelims time of 4:14.16 is the third-best 400 IM time in school history. She finished the night finishing 15th overall in her finals swim.

Lexi Kucera rounded out the Huskers in the finals with a C-finals appearance in the 100 butterfly. The sophomore improved her time to place 22nd with a 54.09.

Divers competed in the three-meter on Friday, where sophomore Reagan Hinze provided the top finish for the Huskers with a 284.65 to place 18th.

Haebig Selected for Fourth Trip to NCAAs​

"This marks Haebig's fourth year representing Nebraska at the NCAA Championships, after making her nationals debut as a freshman in 2018. Haebig was named a two-time NCAA All-American after finishing ninth in the 200 freestyle and 14th in the 500 freestyle during the 2021 meet. "

CONGRATS to Coach Morales and his team!:Shout::Huskers:

"The final day of the 2023 Big Ten Championships was marked by a third school record set and a third A-final appearance for Shannon Stott.

Gena Jorgenson dropped an entire 20 seconds off her previous career-best mile time to break the school record with a 16:13.54. The freshman from Aberdeen, S.D., earned her first podium finish, placing sixth among the field. Additionally, that gives Jorgenson an NCAA B-Standard Cut by 17 seconds."

"JoJo Randby highlighted the day for the Huskers, breaking the 27-year-old 100 breaststroke school record with an outstanding 1:00.10 in the prelims. Penny Heyns, who went on to win the gold medal in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the 1996 Olympic Games held the previous record. Randby's record didn't last long, as she re-broke it during the finals to finish seventh with a 1:00.07.

Maia Hall earned a spot in the B-final and swam a career-best 1:00.76 to get an NCAA B-Standard Cut and move up to fourth in school history. In the C-final, Sydney McCracken represented the Big Red and placed 21st with a 1:02.66.

A day after breaking the 500 freestyle school record, Shannon Stott pitched in another top performance to qualify for the 200 freestyle A-final with the No. 2 time swam in school history, 1:46.46. That gives the senior from St. Albans, Great Britain another NCAA B-Standard Cut. In the final, Stott placed eighth with a 1:46.54."

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"Jorgenson Punches Ticket to NCAA Championships​

Gena Jorgenson is set to wrap up her freshman season on the largest stage at the 2023 NCAA Championships, March 15-18 in Knoxville, Tenn. Jorgenson qualified for the event after swimming a school-record mile time of 16:13.54 at the Big Ten Championships.

The rookie from Aberdeen, S.D., was also invited to swim the 500 freestyle and the 400 IM, after posting NCAA B-Standard cuts in both events at the conference meet."

Randby, Relay Tab Top-Five Finishes​

"Nebraska swimmers have collected a trio of top-five finishes throughout the first two days of the 2023 CSCAA National Invitational Championship in Elkhart, Ind.

JoJo Randby opened with a fourth-place finish on Thursday in the 50 breaststroke with a 28.13. On Friday, Randby touched the wall at 1:00.99 in the 100 breaststroke final to earn another fourth-place finish.

Randby teamed up with Gabby Donahue, Giulia Marchi and Caitlin Cairns in the 200 medley relay to place fifth with a time of 1:40.76.

Sarah Barton produced a pair of top-ten finishes in the individual medley events. The junior from Huntersville, N.C., clocked a 4:17.46 in the 400 IM prelim, earning her the top seed for Friday night's final. Barton went on to finish sixth with a 4:18.34. On Thursday, Barton placed eighth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.30.

Caitlin Cairns swam to 24th place in the 100 butterfly with a 54.98 and placed 29th in the 50 butterfly with a 25.00. Donahue clocked a 25.88 in the 50 backstroke to place 22nd.

Cairns, Donahue, Marchi and Randby combined for two top-20 relay finishes on Thursday. They finished 13th in the 400 medley relay in 3:43.64 and 19th in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:33.72."
"Five Nebraska swimmers set career bests while three qualified for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials while competing at the Region VIII Summer Sectionals last week at the Mizzou Aquatics Center in Columbia, Mo.

Gena Jorgenson, JoJo Randby and senior Sarah Barton qualified for the Olympic Trials in their respective events, while Maia Hall and Caitlin Cairns added career-best swims for the Huskers in Columbia.

Jorgenson, a sophomore to-be in 2023-24, won four event titles, including a career-best and meet-record 8:44.58 to earn her place in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 800 freestyle. Jorgensen slashed more than 20 seconds off her previous best in the event. She added an Olympic Trials qualifying spot in the 1500 freestyle, posting a meet-record 16:40.17 on her way to victory. Jorgenson also earned first-place finishes in the 400 IM (4:53.40, career-best) and the 400 freestyle (4:15.79, career-best). She placed second and set career bests in the 200 freestyle (2:03.26) and the 200 backstroke (2:15.05).

Randby, a rising junior from Omaha, Neb., won all three of her events, including a career-best and U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying time of 1:10.02 in the 100-meter breaststroke. Randby added career bests and first-place finishes in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:34.72) and the 50 breast (32.16).

Barton, a senior to-be for the Huskers, raced to victory in the 200-meter butterfly in a career-best 2:13.49 to qualify for the U.S. .Olympic Trials. Barton added a win in the 200 IM with a career-best 2:19.83. She also contributed a second-place finish in the 400 IM with a 4:57.94.

Junior Maia Hall competed in four events and recorded a career-best, fourth-place time in the 200 IM (2:21.78). She finished third in the 200 breaststroke (2:36.16), fourth in the 50 breaststroke (32.82) and sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.80).

Senior Caitlin Cairns competed in the 100 fly and placed fifth with a career-best time of 1:02.83. "
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"Soon-to-be Husker sophomore Gena Jorgenson added a third Olympic Trials-qualifying time in the 400-meter freestyle at the TYR Pro Championships in Irvine, Calif., on Thursday.

In the preliminary rounds of the event, Jorgenson swam a 4:15.12. Jorgenson also qualified for the finals in the 400-meter freestyle and went in as the seventh seed. She grabbed an eighth-place finish with a time of 4:16.58. "
"Four Nebraska swimmers and one Husker diver claimed CSCAA Scholar All-America honors when the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America announced its individual academic award winners on July 7."
]"Jorgenson, who set the Nebraska school record in the 1,650 freestyle, earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2022-23, including a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring. Jorgenson, who also set the Devaney Center Natatorium record in the 1,000 free, finished sixth in the 1,650 free at the Big Ten Championships."
"Jorgenson and Clairmont were joined by second-team CSCAA Scholar All-America teammates Sarah Barton, Berkeley Livingston and JoJo Randby."
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" Junior Maia Hall set a pool record with her time of 2:10.93 in the 200 breaststroke, besting the record set by Jeanne Childs in 1983 (2:13.35)."

"Anastasia Tichy set a career-best with a 200 butterfly victory. The freshman from Salzburg, Austria logged a time of 1:58.20 to top her previous career best of 1:58.87. "


"The Nebraska swimming and diving program has earned academic recognition from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) by posting a 3.61 grade-point average during the 2023 fall semester."
Nebraska CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams
Fall 2023 - 3.61 GPA
Spring 2023 - 3.60 GPA
Fall 2022 - 3.58 GPA
Spring 2022 - 3.55 GPA
Fall 2021 - 3.46 GPA
Spring 2021 - 3.58 GPA
Fall 2020 - 3.49 GPA
Spring 2020 - 3.75 GPA
Fall 2019 - 3.48 GPA
Spring 2019 - 3.42 GPA
Fall 2018 - 3.32 GPA
Spring 2018 - 3.37 GPA
Fall 2017 - 3.50 GPA
Spring 2017 - 3.61 GPA

"Nebraska swimming and diving heads to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Big Ten Championships, Feb. 21-24. Twelve teams will face off in hopes of clinching the conference title, starting with the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. (CT) at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center. The following three days of competition begin with prelims at 9 a.m (CT) and finals at 4 p.m. (CT).

Gena Jorgenson has racked up 19 individual victories throughout her season, while setting five career bests and notching six B standards. Jorgenson broke the 1000 freestyle school record in a dual with Illinois on Jan. 27 with a time of 9:41.68.

The sophomore from Aberdeen, S.D. tallied three B Cuts in the 500 freestyle, one of which earned her a career-best time at the Hawkeye Invite (4:43.87). Jorgenson’s other B standards came in the 1650 freestyle and the 400 IM.

JoJo Randby has posted two career bests and 15 top-three finishes so far this season, including a B Cut and victory in the 100 breaststroke at the Hawkeye Invite (1:00.54). "

"Giulia Marchi has found success for NU in the 200 freestyle. The sophomore from Asola, Italy has two victories in the event and set a career-best with her second-place finish at the Hawkeye Invitational (1:49.06).
Anastasia Tichy earned a pair of B Cuts in the 200 butterfly. She logged her career-best time against Rutgers on Feb. 2 (1:58.20)."


"Beatrix Tanko broke the 100 butterfly school record, while touching the wall second in the B final. The freshman from Budapest, Hungary swam a 54.01 in prelims to book a spot in the final, where she went on to swim the record time of 53.16 and place 10th overall. Tanko’s time in the finals edged the previous record of 53.21, held by Taryn Collura (2016). "

"Nebraska swimming and diving completed the second day of the Big Ten Championships on Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind., highlighted by a school record and three finals appearances.

Gena Jorgenson highlighted the day, finishing the 500 freestyle in a school-record time of 4:41.19 in the B final to place 10th overall. The sophomore from Aberdeen, S.D. now holds five school records, including the 1000 freestyle, 1650 freestyle, long-course 800 freestyle and long-course 1500 freestyle. Caterina Bisiacchi notched a 28th-place finish and a career-best in the 500 freestyle prelims with a time of 4:49.52.

Sarah Barton qualified for the C final in the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.15. Barton logged a time of 2:00.23 in the final for a 21st-place finish in the event. Maia Hall added a 31st-place finish for the Huskers in the 200 IM prelims (2:01.43), setting a career-best time. Sydney McCracken finished 38th with a time of 2:03.21.

Eight Huskers competed in the 50 freestyle prelims. Nebraska’s top finishers included Anna Vlachou placing 34th with a career-best 23.23 and Caitlin Cairns placing 38th with a career-best 23.38.

In the 400 medley relay, a team of JoJo Randby, Beatrix Tanko, Vlachou and Barton secured seventh with a 3:37.60, the third-fastest time swam in school history."
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