Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Lincoln Southwest
Major: Biological Sciences


Honors & Awards

  • Nebraska Class A High School Champion (100 Back, 2017)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018, 2019)

2018-19 (Outlook)
Clara Walstad hopes for greater contributions in her second season with her hometown Huskers. The sophomore from Lincoln competed in Nebraska’s early season meets as a freshman, but made her last appearance at the Mizzou Invitational in November.

2017-18 (Freshman)
Walstad provided depth for the Huskers before her season was cut short by injury. Walstad captured one top-five finish in the 50 free against Iowa State (24.55). She also notched two career bests at the Mizzou Invite with a time of 24.08 in the 50 freestyle and a clocking of 52.72 in the 100 free. She also competed in the 100 back at Mizzou, taking 20th (56.52). Walstad also swam a leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay (Lindsay Helferich, Jessica Pentlarge, Walstad, Allie Worrall). The Huskers finished eighth at the Mizzou Invite with a time of 1:33.89. In the classroom, Walstad earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2017. She was also a member of the 2018 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Walstad came to the Nebraska swimming and diving team after helping Lincoln Southwest High School to two back-to-back state titles. Lincoln Southwest was ranked No. 2 in the nation in the medley relay and eighth nationally in the 200 free relay (2016-17) by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association. In 2015-16, the NISCA ranked Lincoln Southwest third in the medley relay and 20th in the 200 free relay. Walstad was a Nebraska state champion and record holder in the 100 backstroke. She was also a member of the state champion 200 free and 200 medley relays. A Scholastic All-American, Walstad was ranked 45th in the 100 back and 71st in the 50 free by NISCA. She was an All-State and Academic All-State selection. While competing for Erik Wiken, Walstad and Heartland Aquatics took seventh as a team at the Midwest Short Course Championship 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 Scholastic All-America honors and was a Heartland Aquatics Academic All-HLA Gold Team member. Walstad was named Female Performer 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 and 2019. She chose Nebraska over Minnesota.

Career-Best Times

Event Times Meet (Date)
50 Free 24.08 Mizzou Invite (2017)
100 Free 52.72 Mizzou Invite (2017)
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