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 Honors & Awards

  • One Letter (2016)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2016; Spring 2016)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)

2016-17 (Outlook)
Kara Cottrell hopes to make a greater impact in her second season among a talented group of Nebraska divers in 2016-17. The sophomore from Cypress, Texas, competed on both the one- and three-meter boards at the Big Ten Championships in 2016. After a solid first season in the diving well, in the classroom and in the community, Cottrell will be looking to make greater contributions for the Huskers in 2016-17.

2015-16 (Freshman)
Cottrell made her debut as a Husker diver with one top-five finish as a freshman in 2015-16. Cottrell earned her career best in the one meter against Omaha, finishing fifth with 220.13 points. The freshman also had a career best in the three meter at Northern Iowa, taking seventh with 225.00 points. Cottrell qualified for the 2016 Big Ten Championships, finishing 50th in the one meter with 192.75 points and 47th in the three meter with 195.90 points. Cottrell earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2015-16. She was also a member of the 2016 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Cottrell came to Nebraska after an outstanding diving career at Cywoods High School. She was named most valuable diver and was a regional finalist all four years. Cottrell was a district champion in 2013 and a top-three finisher at regionals in 2015. During her time at Cywoods, Cottrell’s team finished as regional champions in 2015 and district champions in 2014. Cottrell holds the six- and 11-dive records at Cywoods High School. Cottrell also dove for the Woodlands Diving Academy. Cottrell was named to the distinguished honor roll and academic all-state all four years, while graduating in the top-two percent of her class.

The daughter of Sharon and Jim Cottrell, Kara was born Dec. 3, 1996, in Cypress, Texas. She has an older sister, Kelsey. A chemical engineering major, Kara is a three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. She also earned spots on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2016 and 2017.

Career-Best Dives

Event Score Meet (Date)
One Meter 236.40 Northern Iowa (2016)
Three Meter 230.00 Jean Freeman Invite (2015)
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