Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Sun Prairie, Wisc.
High School: Sun Prairie


Honors & Awards

  • One Letter (2018)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017; Spring 2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018)
  • Wisconsin State Champion (500 Free, 2017)
  • Three-Time Champion at Wisconsin Winter Short Course Championships (2017)
  • Wisconsin Summer Long Course Champion (400 Free, 2016)
  • Seven-Time All-Wisconsin
  • Five-Time All-Wisconsin (Honorable Mention)

2017-18 (Outlook)
Rachel Powers joins fellow Wisconsin state champion Autumn Haebig to form a talented young tandem in the distance freestyle events for the Huskers. Powers won the 500-yard freestyle at the Wisconsin Division I State Championships in 2016, completing a sweep of the Division I and 2 crowns for the Huskers with Haebig winning the Division 2 title. Powers is hoping to make an instant impact in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle events for Nebraska at the conference level.

Powers came to Nebraska after taking the 500 freestyle title at the WIAA High School State Meet her senior year. Powers placed in the top eight five times at the WIAA High School State throughout her high school career. The seven-time All-State and five-time All-State Honorable Mention Honoree aided Sun Prairie High School to WIAA High School State four consecutive years. Powers was named team captain and WIAA Scholar Athlete. She holds records in the 200- and 500 yard freestyles, 200 yard individual medley, the 4x50 medley relay and the 4x100 freestyle relay. While swimming for her club team, Powers placed in first in the 400 free at the WI 2016 Summer Long Course State Meet. She also swept the 500 free, 1,000 free and the mile free, taking first, at the WI 2017 Winter Short Course State Meet. Powers was named WI Female Swimmer of the Year for three years. Powers was member of Sun Prairie’s honor roll and earned the Academic Excellence Award for all four years. She also graduated with high honors.

The daughter of Margaret and Tim Powers, Rachel was born Aug. 22, 1998, in Sun Prairie, Wis. She has an older sister, Sarah, and an older brother, Luke. A pre-secondary education major, she earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2017-18. She was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2018. She chose Nebraska over Missouri.

Career-Best Times

Event Times Meet (Date)
200 Free 1:50.73 Mizzou Invite (2017)
500 Free 4:52.60 Big Ten Championships (2018)
1,000 Free 10:31.26 Iowa State (2017)
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