Butterfly/Individual Medley
Year: Senior
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Omaha Burke
Major: Psychology


Honors & Awards

  • Three Letters (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2018; Spring 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Herman Team GPA Award (2016, 2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) 

2018-19 (Outlook)
One of six Husker seniors, Dana Posthuma hopes for her most productive season in 2018-19. The three-year letterwinner from Omaha, Neb., owns five career top-24 finishes at the Big Ten Championships, including a 10th-place performance in the 100 butterfly as a freshman. A talented fly swimmer, Posthuma will be looking for career-best times in the pool, while searching for her third consecutive academic All-Big Ten award.

2017-18 (Junior)
Posthuma notched 13 top-five finishes, including two victories and three second-place showings as a junior. At the 2018 Big Ten Championships, Posthuma claimed a 19th-place finish in the 200 fly (1:58.52), a 24th-place finish in the 100 fly (53.99) and a 49th-place finish in the 200 IM (2:03.08). The three-time letterwinner had a solid performance at the Mizzou Invite, placing second in the 200 fly and fifth in the 100 fly. Posthuma is a two-time academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

2016-17 (Sophomore)
Posthuma earned 12 top-five finishes, including nine victories as a sophomore for the Huskers. A strong butterfly swimmer, Posthuma produced eight victories at the Kansas Classic and in duals with Kansas, Iowa State, Illinois and Northern Iowa. Posthuma had a strong Big Ten Championships in 2017, setting two career bests in the 100-yard butterfly (53.95) and the 200-yard butterfly (1:58.16). She set her third career best at the Kansas Classic in the 200 individual medley (2:03.04). A standout in the classroom, Posthuma earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2017 and made the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for the second consecutive year.

2015-16 (Freshman)
Posthuma produced 19 top-five finishes, including one victory and three runner-up performances in her freshman season as a Husker. Posthuma won the 200 butterfly (2:06.82) in a dual victory over South Dakota State. She added then-career bests of 53.98 in the 100 fly (10th), 2:00.96 in the 200 fly (28th), and 2:03.38 in the 200 individual medley (45th) at the 2016 Big Ten Championships. A standout in the classroom, Posthuma claimed 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

Posthuma came to the Nebraska swimming and diving team after claiming three All-America honors during her high school career. Posthuma was a two-time Nebraska state champion in the 100-yard butterfly, setting the state record in the event. At the state championships, Posthuma also earned second- and third-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Posthuma set a Midwest record while competing for Greater Omaha Aquatics. Posthuma was named to the Metro academic all-conference team in 2014 and 2015. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and an academic letterwinner.

The daughter of Audrey and Dave Posthuma, Dana was born Nov. 24, 1996, in Omaha, Neb. She has two sisters, Tasha and Kelli. A psychology major, Dana was a three-time academic All-Big Ten choice and a five-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. She is also a four-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).

Career-Best Times

Event Times Meet (Date)
100 Fly 53.95 Big Ten Championships (2017)
200 Fly 1:58.16 Big Ten Championships (2017)
200 IM 2:03.04 Kansas Classic (2016)
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