Year: Senior
Hometown: Odessa, Texas
High School: Odessa
Major: Civil Engineering


Honors & Awards

  • Three Letters (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • CSCAA Scholar All-American (HM, 2016, 2017)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2017, 2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Nebraska Outstanding Scholar Award (2019)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018; Spring 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Herman Team GPA Award (2016, 2017)
  • Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2016)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

2018-19 (Outlook)
Lindsay Helferich hopes to continue climbing up the Big Ten ladder in her final season as a Husker. The senior from Odessa, Texas will take aim at top-16 conference finishes this season at the Big Ten Championships after regularly contending for top-24 spots her first three years in the freestyle and backstroke events. A stellar performer in the classroom and the community as well, Helferich will contend for top academic honors at the national and Big Ten level.

2017-18 (Junior)
Helferich had a strong junior season, producing 12 top-five finishes including three victories and three runner-up performances. The three-time letterwinner recorded three career bests at the 2018 Big Ten Championships. Helferich took 21st in the 100 back (53.83), 27th in the 100 free (50.19) and 27th in the 50 free (23.04). She produced a solid performance at the Mizzou Invite, accumulating three top-15 finishes in the 100 free (10th), 50 free (11th) and100 back (12th). One of Nebraska’s top performers in the classroom, Helferich was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and academic All-Big Ten choice for the second straight year. She also made her third appearance on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

2016-17 (Sophomore)
Helferich closed the 2016-17 campaign with 11 top-five finishes, including three victories. She set career bests at the 2017 Big Ten Championships in the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.39, 27th), the 100-yard backstroke (55.15, 35th) and the 50-yard freestyle (23.45, 43rd). Helferich also set a career best in the 100-yard freestyle (52.14) in the prelims at the Kansas Classic. In the classroom, Helferich was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and claimed academic All-Big Ten honors for the first time while earning a 4.0 GPA. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for the second consecutive year.

2015-16 (Freshman)
Helferich made her debut with eight top-five finishes, including one victory and three second-place showings as a freshman for the Huskers. She notched three of her top-five performances in Nebraska’s dual win over South Dakota State. Helferich won the 100-yard freestyle (53.95) against SDSU. She added a runner-up finish in the 50-yard freestyle (24.63) and a fourth-place showing in the 200 free (1:58.56) against the Jackrabbits. She set her career best in the 50 free (23.54) at the Big Challenge, after setting career bests in the 100 free (53.05) and 200 free (1:56.73) in a dual victory over Iowa State. At the Big Ten Championships, Helferich took 24th in the 200-yard backstroke, 38th in the 100 back and 62nd in the 50-yard freestyle. An outstanding contributor in the community, Helferich earned a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2016. She was also a member of the 2016 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. She added recognition on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll with a perfect 4.0 GPA semester in the spring of 2016.

Helferich joined the Nebraska swimming and diving program after being part of a relay team that broke four Local Swim Committee records in 2015. While competing for City of Midland Aquatics, Helferich was a Futures and NCSA qualifier. She also placed at the NASA Junior National Championships. Helferich was a top-24 finalist at the 2014 Southern Zone Sectional Championships in the 200-yard freestyle and a top-16 finalist in the 200-yard backstroke. Helferich was named a Scholastic All-American for three years and graduated as the valedictorian at Odessa High School.

The daughter of Beverly and Mark Helferich, Lindsay was born Dec. 4, 1996, in Odessa, Texas. She has an older sister, Ashley. Lindsay majored in civil engineering and earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2019. She is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection. A two-time honorable-mention CSCAA Scholar All-American, Helferich is a seven-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. She earned a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2016, and is a four-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). She chose Nebraska over Illinois.

Career-Best Times 

Event Time Meet (Date)
100 Back 53.83 Big Ten Championships (2018)
200 Back 1:58.39 Big Ten Championships (2017)
50 Free 23.04 Big Ten Championships (2018)
100 Free 50.19 Big Ten Championships (2018)
200 Free 1:56.73 Iowa State (2015)
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