2007-08 Season Outlook
Lynn Siemert began a fine career three years ago when she gave the Huskers their first Big 12 Championship finalist in the 50-yard freestyle since 2001. She has been a mainstay leader for the Huskers every since, leading up to her senior season in 2007-08. Her team-best 50-yard sprint freestyle times all three seasons have shown that she’s a proven leader heading into her final season.
For the third straight season Siemert finished in the top 15 at the conference meet and was the Huskers' fastest 50-yard sprint freestylist with a time of 23.98 from the preliminary race at the Big 12 Championships. In December, she earned the seventh win of her career by finishing first in the 50-free at South Dakota State, while also placing runner-up six times during her junior season, three of which came in head-to-head Big 12 Conference meets (Texas, Kansas and Iowa State). Aside from the team's fastest 50-free time, she also led the squad in appearances in the event with 11. Siemert only competed in the 100-yard freestyle five times during the regular season, but still registered her third-straight top-15 finish at the Big 12 Championships by placing third in the consolation finals. She competed in the 100-fly as well, earning a season-high finish of third at Nebraska-Omaha.
Siemert made continuous improvement by setting career-bests in both of her primary events, the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, at the Big 12 Championships. She tied her career-best mark in the 50-free of 23.67 which resulted in a 12th-place finish, while her 100-free best (51.57) was good for 14th overall. Siemert had a strong regular season, picking up three wins in the 50-free against Nebraska-Omaha, Missouri State/South Dakota State and Kansas. She was also runner-up in the 100-free against Nebraska-Omaha and earned the same placing in the 50-free against Iowa State and at Missouri near the end of the regular season. Siemert also competed in the 100-yard breaststroke twice during the regular season and placed 22nd overall in the event at the Big 12 Championships.
Siemert was one of the most successful sprint freestylists in recent history for Nebraska as a freshman. She was the first Husker to qualify for the finals of the 50-yard freestyle at the Big 12 Championships since 2001, swimming a time of 23.67 and placing seventh. The mark was the fastest on the team, and she also ranked first on the team in the 100 freestyle (51.81), placing 10th at the Big 12 meet. The Sterling, Ill., native picked up two victories during her first year against collegiate competition in the 50-yard freestyle at Southwest Missouri State and Southern Illinois in the first dual weekend of the year. She also placed second four times in the 50 freestyle.
Siemert was a four-time state qualifier. She earned two sixth-place and a 10th-place finish at state in the 50-yard freestyle. Siemert received All-America, all-state and all-conference honors at Sterling High School.
Lynn was born in Sterling, Ill., on Sept. 30, 1985. She is the daughter of Matt and Ruth Siemert. Lynn is majoring in textile, clothing and design.