Julia Russell was a four-time conference champion from Durban, South Africa
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Nebraska Conference Champions By Awards

By NU Athletic Communications

A total of 55 Husker swimmers and divers have combined for 146 individual conference championships (does not include relay titles) since Virginia Kincaid claimed Nebraska's first titles in one- and three-meter diving in 1975.

Michelle Butcher (Alpine, Calif.) owns the Nebraska record with 10 individual event conference championships. Nebraska's conference champions have come from 18 states and eight foreign countries.

Nebraska has won its most conference titles in the 200 breaststroke and the 200 backstroke with 15 championships in each event. In the 200 breast, the Huskers won eight consecutive Big Eight/Big 12 conference crowns from 1994 through 2001.

Nebraska's Four-Time Event Champions

  • Sherri Hayward (200 Backstroke, 1980-83)
  • Carole Johnson (100 Backstroke, 1987-90)
  • Penny Heyns (200 Breaststroke, 1993-96)
  • Melanie Dodd (100 Freestyle, 1993-96)
  • Destiny Lauren (200 Butterfly, 1995-99)

Michelle Butcher (10) [Alpine, Calif.]
50 Freestyle (23.65), 1990; 500 Freestyle (4:51.11), 1990; 1,650 Freestyle (16:25.99), 1990; 400 IM (4:24.92), 1990; 500 Freestyle (4:52.86), 1991; 1,650 Freestyle (16:38.72), 1991; 400 IM (4:24.04), 1991; 500 Freestyle (4:50.58), 1992; 1,650 Freestyle (16:40.03), 1992; 400 IM (4:26.13), 1992

Shandra Johnson (8) [Omaha, Neb.]
200 Freestyle (1:46.53), 1998; 500 Freestyle (4:43.48), 1998; 200 Backstroke (1:58.35), 1998; 200 Freestyle (1:48.08, 1999; 500 Freestyle (4:50.31), 1999; 200 Backstroke (1:58.70), 1999; 500 Freestyle (4:47.35), 2000; 200 Backstroke (1:59.05), 2000

Melanie Dodd (7) [Sydney, Australia]
50 Freestyle (22.88), 1993; 100 Freestyle (50.04), 1993; 200 Freestyle (1:49.14), 1993; 100 Freestyle (50.19), 1994; 100 Freestyle (50.13), 1995; 200 Freestyle (1:49.48), 1995; 100 Freestyle (50.25), 1996

Dana Powers (7) [Tacoma, Wash.]
50 Freestyle (23.70), 1984; 50 Freestyle (23.32), 1985; 100 Butterfly (55.10), 1985; 100 Butterfly (56.59), 1986; 100 Breaststroke (1:06.23), 1986; 100 Butterfly (55.10), 1987; 100 Breaststroke (1:05.10), 1987

Penny Heyns (7) [Amanzimtoti, South Africa]
100 Breaststroke (1:03.64), 1993; 100 Breaststroke (1:01.88), 1994; 200 Breaststroke (2:13.93), 1994; 100 Breaststroke (1:01.57), 1995; 200 Breaststroke (2:13.71), 1995; 100 Breaststroke (1:00.18), 1996; 200 Breaststroke (2:08.90), 1996

Ellen Hollander (7) [Omaha, Neb.]
50 Breaststroke (33.48), 1976; 100 Breaststroke (1:12.90), 1976; 200 Breaststroke (time), 1976; 100 IM (1:05.12), 1976; 50 Breaststroke (32.99), 1977; 100 Breaststroke (1:11.97), 1977; 200 Breaststroke (2:34.17), 1977

Jane Glazebrook (6) [Newcastle, Australia]
100 Backstroke (56.82), 1993; 200 Backstroke (1:59.70), 1993; 100 Backstroke (56.16), 1994; 200 Backstroke (1:58.19), 1994; 100 Backstroke (56.12), 1995; 200 Backstroke (1:58.19), 1995

Carole Johnson (6) [Manhattan, Kan.]
100 Backstroke (58.13), 1987; 200 Backstroke (2:06.20), 1987; 100 Backstroke (58.39), 1988; 100 Backstroke (58.13), 1989; 200 Backstroke (2:06.16), 1989; 100 Backstroke (59.21), 1990

Destiny Lauren (6) [Stockholm, Sweden]
200 Butterfly (2:00.67), 1995; 100 Butterfly (55.51), 1996; 200 Butterfly (2:01.01), 1996; 400 IM (4:20.51), 1996; 200 Butterfly (2:00.69), 1998; 200 Butterfly (1:59.28), 1999

Sherri Hayward (5) [Columbus, Ohio]
200 Backstroke (2:04.79), 1980; 100 Backstroke (59.76), 1981; 200 Backstroke (2:06.09), 1981; 200 Backstroke (2:05.25), 1982; 200 Backstroke (2:05.18), 1983

Emily Ricketts (4) [Irvine, Calif.]
200 Freestyle (1:50.81), 1984; 200 Freestyle (1:50.81), 1985; 500 Freestyle (4:51.35), 1985; 100 Freestyle (51.54), 1986

Julia Russell (4) [Durban, South Africa]
200 IM (2:00.77), 1996; 100 Breaststroke (1:00.83), 1997; 200 Breaststroke (2:10.25), 1997; 200 IM (1:59.13), 1997

Lauren Bailey (3) [San Mateo, Calif.]
400 IM (4:17.57), 2004; 1,650 Freestyle (16:20.05), 2006; 1,650 Freestyle (16:14.36), 2007

Elvira Fischer (3) [Vienna, Austria]
100 Breaststroke (1:03.19), 2000; 200 Breaststroke (2:13.71), 2000; 200 Breaststroke (2:12.91), 2001

Jenell Garcia (3) [Boulder, Colo.]
200 Butterfly (2:02.41), 1989; 100 Butterfly (55.76), 1990; 200 Butterfly (2:01.94), 1991

Shauna Gilmore (3) [Grand Junction, Colo.]
200 Freestyle (1:50.73), 1986; 100 Freestyle (51.44), 1987; 200 Freestyle (1:49.85), 1987

Erin Hurley (3) [Snyder, N.Y.]
200 Breaststroke (2:17.87), 1985; 200 Breaststroke (2:24.86), 1986; 200 Breaststroke (2:21.07), 1987

Julie May (3) [Denver, Colo.]
One-meter Diving (441.25), 1987; One-meter Diving (454.35), 1989; Three-meter Diving (515.0), 1989

Kristi Wells (3) [Lincoln, Neb.]
Three-meter Diving (367.20), 1976; One-meter Diving (376.10), 1977; Three-meter Diving (424.00), 1977

Janet Danburg (2) [Council Bluffs, Iowa]
100 Backstroke (57.13), 1996; 200 Backstroke (2:03.6), 1996

Jennifer Harnly (2) [Houston, Texas]
One-meter Diving (434.70), 1993; One-meter Diving (422.0), 1994

Heidi Hecker (2) [Des Moines, Iowa]
One-meter Diving (440.15), 1985; Three-meter Diving (456.45)

Melanie Jakob (2) [Grand Island, Neb.]
200 Butterfly (2:12.56), 1977; 200 IM (2:13.95), 1977

Virginia Kincade (2)
One-meter Diving (593.60), 1975; Three-meter Diving (650.20), 1975

Mindy Matheny (2) [Little Rock, Ark.]
50 Freestyle (23.66), 1988; 100 Freestyle (51.89), 1991

Helene Muller (2) [Potchefstroom, South Africa]
50 Freestyle (22.98), 1997; 100 Freestyle (50.02), 1997

Heather Park (2) [Durban, South Africa]
500 Freestyle (4:50.30), 1996; 1,650 Freestyle (16:49.56), 1996

Lee Pennefather (2) [Pinetown, South Africa]
500 Freestyle (5:00.15), 1987; 200 Butterfly (2:04.28), 1987

Anne Watland (2) [Omaha, Neb.]
500 Freestyle (5:08.88), 1977; 1,650 Freestyle (17:34.80), 1977

BriAnna Wilkins (2) [Lincoln, Neb.]
1,650 Freestyle (16:39.75), 1994; 1,650 Freestyle (16:56.27), 1995

Melanie Wirtner (2) [Pittsburgh, Pa.]
200 IM (2:05.17), 1990; 100 Butterfly (55.52), 1991

Amy Aarsen (1) [Wichita, Kan.]
Three-meter Diving (562.85), 1991

Therese Alshammar (1) [Stockholm, Sweden]
100 Freestyle (49.46), 1999

Marci Bodner (1) [North Huntington, Pa.]
200 Butterfly (2:03.13), 1994

Lynne Braddock (1) [Rapid City, S.D.]
50 Freestyle (23.69), 1989

Janna Brock (1) [Allen, Texas]
200 Breaststroke (2:15.09), 1999

Heidi Buchholz (1) [Aurora, Colo.]
Three-meter Diving (450.10), 1992

Susan Cashman (1) [Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.]
500 Freestyle (4:55.83), 1984

Stephanie Clennan (1) [El Dorado, Kan.]
Three-meter Diving (462.80), 1988

JoDea Eckstrom (1) [Marshall, Minn.]
100 IM (1:02.30), 1978

Julie Grimmer (1) [St. Louis, Mo.]
Three-meter Diving (536.50), 1995

Kris Haws (1) [Sandy, Utah]
200 Backstroke (2:04.01), 1992

Marcia Heaton (1) [Omaha, Neb.]
One-meter Diving (387.80), 1984

Cathy Heisler (1) [Stockton, Calif.]
200 Breaststroke (2:25.68), 1983

Cheryl Karty (1) [Chesterfield, Mo.]
Three-meter Diving (495.10), 1993

Terri Long (1) [Portland, Ore.]
200 Breaststroke (2:23.05), 1988

Wendy Lucero (1) [Denver, Colo.]
One-Meter Diving (449.95), 1983

Lenka Manhalova (1) [Liberec, Czech Republic]
200 Breaststroke (2:14.22), 1998

Leane Maruk (1) [Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada]
100 Breaststroke (1:05.58), 1990

Kris Neuenfeldt (1) [Plymouth, Minn.]
200 Freestyle (1:51.33), 1990

Julie Riegal (1) [London, England]
200 Backstroke (2:05.40), 1991

Laura Simon (1) [Madrid, Spain]
400 IM (4:19.15), 1997

Penny Stanek (1) [Omaha, Neb.]
100 Backstroke (58.34), 1985

Anna Windsor (1) [Orange, Australia]
200 Freestyle (1:48.49), 1997

Rebecca Wolfe (1) [League City, Texas]
200 Butterfly (1:57.94), 2001

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