Honors & Awards
- Two Letters (2016, 2017)
- CSCAA Scholar All-American (HM, 2016, 2017)
- Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2017)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2017 / 4.0 GPA)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016; Spring 2016, 2017)
- Herman Team GPA Award (2016, 2017)
- Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2016)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
One of Nebraska’s top backstrokers, Lindsay Helferich hopes to continue to slash time off her career-best marks in both backstroke events. The junior from Odessa, Texas, has not only been a top performer in the pool but is also a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
Lindsay Helferich closed the 2016-17 campaign with 11 top-five finishes, including three victories. She set career bests at the 2017 Big Ten Championships in the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.39, 27th), the 100-yard backstroke (55.15, 35th) and the 50-yard freestyle (23.45, 43rd). Helferich also set a career best in the 100-yard freestyle (52.14) in the prelims at the Kansas Classic. In the classroom, Helferich was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and claimed Academic All-Big Ten honors for the first time while earning a 4.0 GPA. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for the second consecutive year.
Helferich made her debut with eight top-five finishes, including one victory and three second-place showings as a freshman for the Huskers. She notched three of her top-five performances in Nebraska's dual win over South Dakota State. Helferich won the 100-yard freestyle (53.95) against SDSU. She added a runner-up finish in the 50-yard freestyle (24.63) and a fourth-place showing in the 200 free (1:58.56) against the Jackrabbits. She set her career best in the 50 free (23.54) at the Big Challenge, after setting career bests in the 100 free (53.05) and 200 free (1:56.73) in a dual victory over Iowa State. At the Big Ten Championships, Helferich took 24th in the 200-yard backstroke, 38th in the 100 back and 62nd in the 50-yard freestyle. An outstanding contributor in the community, Helferich earned a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2016. She was also a member of the 2016 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. She added recognition on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll with a perfect 4.0 GPA semester in the spring of 2016.
Helferich joined the Nebraska swimming and diving program after being part of a relay team that broke four Local Swim Committee records in 2015. While competing for City of Midland Aquatics, Helferich was a Futures and NCSA qualifier. She also placed at the NASA Junior National Championships. Helferich was a top-24 finalist at the 2014 Southern Zone Sectional Championships in the 200-yard freestyle and a top-16 finalist in the 200-yard backstroke. Helferich was named a Scholastic All-American for three years and graduated as the valedictorian at Odessa High School.
The daughter of Beverly and Mark Helferich, Lindsay was born Dec. 4, 1996, in Odessa, Texas. She has an older sister, Ashley. Lindsay is majoring in civil engineering at Nebraska. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar earned Academic All-Big Ten honors with a perfect 4.0 GPA in 2017. She is a three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Lindsay earned a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2016, and she was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2016 and 2017. She chose Nebraska over Illinois.
|100 Back||55.15||Big Ten Championships (2017)|
|200 Back||1:58.39||Big Ten Championships (2017)|
|50 Free||23.45||Big Ten Championships (2017)|
|100 Free||52.14||Kansas Classic (2016)|
|200 Free||1:56.73||Iowa State (2015)|