Julia

Roller

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Butterfly/Individual Medley
Year: Senior
Hometown: Naperville, Ill.
High School: Naperville Central
Major: Dietetics

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Nebraska Team Captain (2017)
  • Four Letters (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • CSCAA Scholar All-American (HM, 2015)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2017)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; Spring 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Herman Team GPA Award (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Nebraska Big Ten Sportmanship Award (2016)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

2016-17 (Senior)
Team captain Julia Roller had an impressive senior season, earning 27 top-five finishes and eight wins between individual events and relays. Roller shined against Omaha, placing first in two events for the first time in 2016-17. The senior butterfly and individual medley specialist from Naperville, Ill., set a career best in the 100-yard freestyle at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 50.05. Roller was part of the 400-yard medley relay (Roller, Samantha Hedrick, Allie Worrall and Erin Oeltjen) that earned a No. 50 national ranking from CollegeSwimming.com (3:39.56). In addition to her success in the pool, Roller was a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. She was an eight-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection and earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2017.

2015-16 (Junior)
Roller had a solid 2015-16 season as a Husker, producing eight top-five performances including one victory and four runner-up finishes. Roller won the 200-yard butterfly (2:07.99) in Nebraska's dual victory over Northern Iowa. She also placed second in the 200 freestyle (1:56.86) against the Panthers. Roller suffered a back injury as a junior, which limited her to competing only in freestyle at the conference meet. At the Big Ten Championships, Roller finished 67th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.52). Roller earned academic All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive year and claimed her third selection to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

2014-15 (sophomore)
Roller burst onto the scene in 2014-15, earning 14 top-five finishes, while setting three career bests. Two of Roller's career bests came at the Big Ten Championships, swimming a 10th-place and NCAA B Cut time of 1:58.54 in the 200-yard butterfly and a 20th-place time of 2:01.93 in the 200-yard IM. Roller also had a strong performance in the 400-yard IM at the Big Ten meet, posting a time of 4:20.55 to take 25th. A star in the classroom, Roller earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2015.

2013-14 (Freshman)
Roller was one of Nebraska's top performers at the Big Ten Championships. In her debut season, she compiled nine top-five places, including one victory. Roller's victory came in the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.70) against South Dakota State. She set career bests in all of her events, including three of her best performances at the Big Ten Championships. She swam to then career-best times of 2:01.12 in the 200-yard butterfly, 2:02.68 in the 200-yard individual medley, and 4:19.47 in the 400-yard individual medley at the conference meet. Roller also got off to a strong start in the classroom, capturing spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2013-14.

Previous
Roller competed for Head Coach Sue Welker at Naperville Central High School. Roller finished second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.11) and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (55.77) at the 2012-13 Illinois High School State Championships, earning All-America status. Roller also received all-state and all-conference honors for the Redhawks and swam for Head Coach Mark Townsend's Mavericks Swim Club in the offseason. Roller was a member of Naperville Central's honor roll, a 4.0 award recipient, and a Scholastic All-American.

Personal
The daughter of Michael and Diane Roller, Julia was born on Dec. 31, 1994, in Naperville, Ill. She has an older sister, Jacqueline. A dietetics major, Julia was a three-time academic All-Big Ten choice and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2017. She earned eight selections to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll before earning her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2017. She was also a four-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Career-Best Times

Event

Time

Meet (Date)

100 Free

50.05

Big Ten Championships (2017)

200 Fly

1:58.54

Big Ten Championships (2015)

200 IM

2:01.93

Big Ten Championships (2015)

400 IM

4:19.47

Big Ten Championships (2014)

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