Cassandra

Brassard

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Freestyle/Backstroke
Year: Junior
Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Major: Animal Science

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Canadian Olympic Trials Qualifier (2016)
  • Three Letters (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • CSCAA Scholar All-American (HM, 2017)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2017)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2016, 2017)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014, 2015, 2016; Spring 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award (2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Herman Team GPA (2015, 2016, 2017)

2016-17 (Junior)
Cassie Brassard captured seven top-five finishes, including three third-place showings as a junior. Brassard set career bests in the 100-yard backstroke (54.43) and 200-yard backstroke (1:59.60). At the 2017 Big Ten Championships, Brassard took 19th in the 100 back and placed 35th in the 200 back. She added a 50th-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. She was ranked ninth in the Big Ten in the 50-yard backstroke. In the classroom, Brassard earned academic All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive year and was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for the third time.

2015-16 (Sophomore)
Brassard amassed 10 top-five finishes as a sophomore for the Huskers. Brassard was a strong performer in the 1,000 freestyle, where she recorded four top-five finishes. She took second in the 200 backstroke (2:11.51) in Nebraska's dual victory over Omaha. At the Big Challenge, Brassard set a personal record in the 500 freestyle (4:54.28) and a season best in the 100 backstroke (55.58). She produced a trio of top-50 finishes at the 2016 Big Ten Championships, including 36th in the 200 backstroke (2:00.71). She added a 44th-place finish in the 200 free and 47th-place showing in the 500 free, which was 15 spots higher than she finished at the 2015 conference meet. She earned academic All-Big Ten honors for the first time and claimed a spot on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for the second consecutive year.

2014-15 (Freshman)
Brassard had an outstanding first year as a Husker, racking up 15 top-five finishes, including five victories. She set five career bests, with three of those coming at the 2015 Big Ten Championships. At the conference meet, she set a then-career best in the 500-yard freestyle, racing to a time of 4:58.76. In the 100-yard backstroke, Brassard earned 30th place with a time of 55.69, while adding a season-best in the 200-yard backstroke posting a time of 2:00.51 (36th). One of Brassard's strongest performances came against Omaha, when she captured first-place finishes in both the 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Brassard also got off to a strong start in the classroom, claiming spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2014-15.

Previous
Brassard came to NU from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, after producing top-10 finishes in the 2013 Canadian Summer Nationals in the 50-yard backstroke, 100-yard backstroke, and 800-yard freestyle. Brassard was also a medalist at the 2013 Age Group Nationals. Additionally, Brassard was a 2013 Canada Games swim team captain and a provincial opening ceremonies flag bearer. She was named the Saskatchewan Athlete of the Month in December of 2013. Brassard owns seven provincial records. Brassard maintained an academic average of over 90 percent, earning her Academic Honor Roll with Distinction all four years. She was also a member of the Canadian Sports Centre Saskatchewan Athlete Advisory Council.

Personal
The daughter of Michael and Wendy Brassard, Cassandra was born Jan. 7, 1996, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. She has an older sister, Alexis. Cassandra was an animal science major and earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2019. She earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2016 and 2017. She was also a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2017. She is a six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll, and a three-time selection to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Career-Best Times

Event Time Meet (Date)
500 Free 4:54.28 Big Challenge (2015)
100 Back 54.43 Big Ten Championships (2017)
200 Back 1:59.60 Big Ten Championships (2017)
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