Butterfly/Individual Medley
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Frisco, Texas
High School: Frisco
Major: Finance


Honors & Awards

  • One Letter (2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2019)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018, 2019)

2018-19 (Outlook)
A talented butterfly swimmer who also made a splash for the Huskers in the individual medley events as a freshman, Madison Coughlen will hope to show continued improvement in the pool in 2018-19. The sophomore from Frisco, Texas worked to produce significant gains in her times from start to finish as a freshman, culminating with a top-25 finish in the 400 IM in her first appearance at the Big Ten Championships.

2017-18 (Freshman)
Coughlen made a solid first impression with the Huskers, closing her freshman campaign with seven top-five performances, including a runner-up finish. A strong butterfly swimmer, Coughlen racked up five of her top-five finishes in the 200-yard butterfly. She notched three career bests, two of those coming at the Mizzou Invite. Coughlen set personal records of 2:01.08 in the 200-yard butterfly (Big Ten Championships), 56.52 in the 100 yard butterfly (Mizzou Invite), and 2:02.83 in the 200-yard IM (Mizzou Invite). At the 2018 Big Ten Championships, Coughlen notched her top individual finish (25th) in the 400 IM (4:19.97), which was just off the collegiate best (4:19.09) she set in the event at the Mizzou Invite. She also finished 52nd at the Big Ten meet in 200 IM. Coughlen also started strong in the community, earning a spot on the 2018 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Coughlen set two school records at Fort Mill High School while swimming for Coach Cindy Van Buskirk. An eight-time regional champion, Coughlen produced two state runner-up finishes. The four-time Junior National qualifier helped the Texas Ford Aquatics to a third-place finish in the short course sectionals. The three-time Scholastic All-American was a sectional, national and long course qualifier. Dominant in the pool as well as the classroom, Coughlen was named Regional All-American for four consecutive years and was an all-state selection. She was also an athlete of the week and her team’s most valuable swimmer twice. Coughlen was a member of the Beta Club, maintaining above a 3.0 GPA.

The daughter of Lisa and Mike Coughlen, Madison was born June 26, 1999, in Frisco, Texas. Madison has one sister, Morgan. Madison is a finance major and earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2019. She also claimed a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2018. She was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2018 and 2019. She chose Nebraska over Kentucky, West Virginia, Florida State and Georgia Tech.

Career-Best Times

Event Time Meet (Date)
100 Fly 56.52 Mizzou Invite (2017)
200 Fly 2:01.08 Big Ten Championships (2018)
200 IM 2:02.83 Mizzou Invite (2017)
400 IM 4:17.51 Hawkeye Invite (20180)
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