2006-07 Season Outlook
Michelle Criss enters her final season with the Huskers as one of the team's best freestyle swimmers. Her younger sister, Colleen, joins the team this season as a freshman. Michelle will be counted on to play a greater leadership role in 2006-07.
Criss competed in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle races. She had three third-place finishes in the 100-free during the regular season. She finished 14th in the event at the Minnesota Invitational. At the Big 12 Championships, Criss placed as high as 19th overall in the 200-free with a third-place finish in the bonus finals. On the year, she swam in six different races, including the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly against
Criss specialized in freestyle events as a sophomore and set career bests in all three of the freestyle events in which she competed (50, 100 and 200). Criss ranked as the No. 2 swimmer on the team in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles after posting times of 51.94 and 1:51.72 at the Big 12 Championships. She finished 11th in the 100 free, her highest conference finish in her first two years, and also picked up a 14th-place finish in the 50 free. Criss also proved to be a solid multi-event swimmer in her sophomore season, as she competed in the 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke, and 100- and 200-yard breaststroke in addition to her freestyle races.
Criss was a key part of the Huskers' relay squads as a freshman. She was also one of NU's top middle-distance freestylers, recording an 18th-place finish at the Big 12 Championships in the 200-yard free, finishing the event in a time of 1:52.89, a season-best mark. Criss put points on the board for the Huskers throughout the season with wins against
A high school All-American in 2003, Criss was a member of four state championship teams at
Michelle is the daughter of Sue and Steve Criss and was born on Nov. 24, 1984, in