Honors & Awards
- Three Letters (2016, 2017, 2018)
- CSCAA Scholar All-American (HM, 2017)
- Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2017, 2018)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2016, 2017; Spring 2016, 2017, 2018)
- Herman Team GPA Award (2016, 2017)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
Anna McDonald amassed 15 top-five finishes, including two victory finishes as a junior. McDonald racked up a majority of her top-five finishes in the 100 backstroke. She set a career bests in the 200 IM (1:59.91) during prelims at the 2018 Big Ten Championships. At the championships, McDonald took 19th in the 200 back, 24th in the 200 IM and 27th in the 400 IM. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten captured a fourth and fifth-place showing at the USA Winter Nationals in the 200 back and 200 IM, respectively. A three-time letter winner, McDonald earned a spot on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for the third consecutive year.
McDonald ended her sophomore season with impressive results, closing the 2016-17 season with 15 top-five finishes, including three victories and three second-place showings. McDonald notched wins in duals against South Dakota State and Omaha as well as the Kansas Classic. She swam to a career-best time of 56.46 in the 100-yard backstroke at the Kansas Classic. McDonald finished 19th in the 200 backstroke (1:57.21) at the 2017 Big Ten Championships, setting a career best. She set two more career bests in the 200 individual medley (2:00.24) and the 400 individual medley (4:18.41) at the Big Ten Championships. McDonald continued her remarkable efforts in the community and the classroom by earning spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters. She added her second straight appearance on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
McDonald made a strong first impression with the Huskers, closing her freshman campaign with 23 top-five performances, including four runner-up finishes. She notched four career bests to help Nebraska to a team title at the Big Challenge. McDonald was the Big Challenge runner-up in the 200 (2:01.60) and 400-yard individual medley (4:21.48). She added a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:59.99. She also posted a career-best time of 56.69 in the 100 back. At the Big Ten Championships, McDonald finished 32nd in the 400 IM, 34th in the 200 backstroke and 36th in the 200 IM. McDonald also got off to a solid start in the clasroom and the community. She earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2015-16, and she was a member of the 2016 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
McDonald came to Nebraska following an outstanding career at Evergreen High School. McDonald's team was crowned Colorado Class 4A state champions in both 2014 and 2015. She earned second-place at the state championships in the 200-yard individual medley in 2015. Her 400-yard freestyle relay team also earned a state title. McDonald also swam for the Jeffco Hurricanes. She earned a top-eight finish at sectionals in the 200-yard backstroke, with her team capturing a second-place finish. McDonald was a standout in the classroom, earning a spot on Evergreen High School's honor roll as well as being named a Scholastic All-American. McDonald was also a member of National Honor Society.
The daughter of Susan and John McDonald, Anna was born on Dec. 23, 1996, in San Antonio, Texas. She has two younger sisters, Kate and Maggie. Anna is a nutrition, exercise and health science major. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2018 and earned her second straight academic All-Big Ten award. She is a six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She chose Nebraska over Vermont, Utah, Bucknell and Villanova.
|100 Back||56.46||Kansas Classic (2016)|
|200 Back||1:57.21||Big Ten Championships (2017)|
|200 IM||1:59.91||Big Ten Championships (2018)|
|400 IM||4:18.41||Big Ten Championships (2017)|