Natalie

Morris

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Year: Senior
Hometown: Lenexa, Kan.
High School: Olathe Northwest

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Big Ten Distinguished (2015)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015; Spring 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2015)

2014-15 (Outlook)
Natalie Morris embarks on her senior season intending to compile even more victories and set more career bests. Morris has amassed 42 top-five finishes and 16 victories over her first three years as a Husker. With lots of experience, Morris looks to be a force in her final year as a Husker.

2013-14 (Junior)
Morris had a phenomenal junior season for the Huskers, competing in six events. She earned 20 top-five places, including eight victories. Morris dominated the 200-yard butterfly, with six of her victories coming in that race. Morris also set two career bests at the Big Ten Championships, racing to times of 54.88 in the 100-yard butterfly and 2:00.66 in the 200-yard butterfly. A star in the classroom, Morris earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year.

2012-13 (Sophomore)
Morris had an outstanding 2012-13 for the Huskers, amassing 14 top-five finishes in her sophomore season. The Olathe, Kan., native earned five victories on the year, with all of them coming in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events. Morris set career bests in the 200 fly (2:00.74) and 200 IM (2:04.75) at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, finishing a team-best 13th in the 200 fly at the conference meet. She also set a then-career-best time of 55.26 in the 100 fly at the Iowa Invitational in December. Morris continued to star in the classroom, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2013. She was also selected to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13.

2011-12 (Freshman)
Morris competed in seven events for the Huskers as a freshman in 2011-12. The butterfly and freestyle specialist finished in the top five eight times and posted three event titles, recording victories in the 200-yard butterfly (Iowa State, 2:06.65) (South Dakota State, 2:09.27) and the 100-yard butterfly (UNO, 57.82). Morris also set then-personal-best times in the 200-yard IM (2:08.61), 100-yard butterfly (55.88) and the 200-yard butterfly (2:03.09) at the 2012 Big Ten Championships. In the classroom, Morris claimed a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring semester of 2012.

Previous
Morris came to Nebraska as a three-time Kansas state champion out of Olathe Northwest High School. She captured a pair of state titles in the 100-yard butterfly and earned a third crown as a member of Olathe Northwest’s 400-yard freestyle relay. Morris added a second-place finish in the 200-yard IM and a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. She also earned first-team all-state accolades four times, while amassing six high school All-America honors.

Personal
The daughter of Mike and Marybeth Morris, Natalie was born on Nov. 12, 1992. Natalie has one sister, Paige. Natalie is majoring in pre-elementary education and mild/moderate disabilities education. A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2015, she captured academic All-Big Ten honors in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Natalie is a seven-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. She is a two-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2014.

Career-Best Times

Event

Time

Meet (Date)

100 Fly

54.88

Big Ten Championships (2014)

200 Fly

2:00.66

Big Ten Championships (2014)

200 IM

2:04.75

Big Ten Championships (2013)

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Natalie Morris Interview 11/7/13