Hutchinson will go down as one of the most decorated swimmers in Nebraska history. Once again, Mariah led all NU swimmer's with a total on 25 top-five finishes including 12 first-place and nine second place finishes. She swam a career best in the 100-yard freestyle with a time 51.92 while swimming the fastest team times in the 500 free and the 200 fly. Mariah finished fifth in the 200 fly (1:59.90) and 15th in the 100 fly (55.64) at the Big 12 Championships in Columbia, Mo. She ranks in the top-five all time in both the 100 fly (first) and 200 fly (third).
Hutchinson led the Nebraska swimmers with nine first-place finishes in her junior season in 2008-09, including a stretch of six straight victories over the course of three dual meets. Hutchinson had 15 top-five finishes overall on the year, and had the team's fastest 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard butterfly times. Hutchinson capped off her year by setting career bests in both the 100 and 200 fly at the Big 12 Championships. Her time of 54.16 in the 100 fly at the Big 12 meet broke the school record, held by Carmen Cosgrove (54.58) since 2001. Hutchinson finished ninth in the 100 fly and fourth in the 200 fly at the Big 12 Championships, giving her five top-10 finishes at the Big 12 meet in her career.
Hutchinson paced the Huskers with 20 top-five finishes in her sophomore season and had a pair of top-10 finishes at the Big 12 Championships in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly. Hutchinson had NU's top times in three events in 2007-08, including the 500 free, 100 fly and 200 fly. She capped her fantastic season by making the field at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, joining former Husker Lauren Bailey who was also invited to the prestigious event.
Hutchinson became one of Nebraska's best butterfly swimmers this decade by clocking the fastest 200 fly time since 2001, when she qualified for the finals of the Big 12 Championships in a time of 2:03.13. During the regular season, Hutchinson led the freshman class with 11 wins, third overall behind seniors Lauren Bailey and Kate Wheeler. A large amount of that success came in the 100-yard butterfly, where she dominated dual meets by winning the event 4-of-6 times. On the conference level, Hutchinson was one of five Huskers to reach the finals at the Big 12 Championships and finished sixth in the 200-yard butterfly.
Hutchinson received high school All-America consideration in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle relay her senior year at Topeka High School. Her 200-yard free relay team won the state title, while she finished fourth individually in the 100 fly and fifth in the 200 free. Hutchinson was a U.S. Junior National Qualifier. She led Topeka High School to an upset of Manhattan in 2005, when she won three golds in one meet, which ended Manhattan's 18-year winning streak for the I-70 league title.
Mariah is the daughter of William and Stephanie Hutchinson. She was born on March 19, 1988, in Topeka, Kan., and has one sister, Hannah. Mariah is a broadcasting major.