Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Lincoln Southwest


Honors & Awards

  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018)
  • Nebraska Class A State Champion (100 Back)
  • Nebraska High School Meet Record (100 Back)
  • USA Swimming Scholastic All-American
  • Two-Time Junior National Qualifier
  • All-Nebraska Selection
  • Academic All-Nebraska Selection

2017-18 (Outlook)
The lone Nebraska native in a talented class of newcomers, Clara Walstad showed impressive improvement across the board at Lincoln Southwest High School. Walstad is hoping to make an immediate impact in the freestyle, butterfly and backstroke events for the Huskers. In the 100 back, Walstad has slashed nearly six seconds off her time since her high school freshman season and owns the Nebraska state meet record.

Walstad came to the Nebraska swimming and diving team after assisting Lincoln Southwest High School to two back-to-back state titles. According to the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, Lincoln Southwest was ranked second in the country in the medley relay and eighth in the 200 free relay (2016-17). In 2015-16, NISCA ranked Lincoln Southwest third for the medley relay and 20th in the 200 free relay. Walstad is a state champ and record holder in the 100 backstroke. She was also a member of the state champion relay teams for the 200 free and 200 medley. The Academic All-American was ranked 71st in the 50 free by NISCA and 45th in the 100 back. She was named All-State and Academic All-State. While competing for Erik Wiken, Walstad and the Heartland Aquatics competed at the Midwest Short Course Championship placing seventh in 2014, fourth in 2015, sixth in 2016 and fifth in 2017. Walstad holds the Midwestern swimming record in the 100 back. The two-time Junior Nationals Qualifier earned USA Swimming Academic All-American and was a Heartland Aquatics Academic All HLA Gold Team member. Walstad was named Female Performance of the Year, Most Valuable Female Swimmer and Midwest Swimming First-Team All-American. A star in the classroom, Walstad earned a 4.0 GPA and was on honor roll all eight semesters.

The daughter of Tammie Fischer and William Walstad, Clara was born June 18, 1999, in Lincoln, Neb. She has four sisters. A biological sciences major, Clara earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2017. She was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2018. She chose Nebraska over Minnesota.

Career-Best Times

Event Times Meet (Date)
50 Free 23.08 Mizzou Invite (2017)
100 Free 52.72 Mizzou Invite (2017)
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