Penny Heyns was a four-time conference champion in the 200 breaststroke while adding three more titles in the 100 breast. She went on to win the NCAA championship in the 100 breast before sweeping gold in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at the 1996 Olympics.
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Nebraska Conference Champions By Event

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)

50 Freestyle (8)

  • Dana Powers (23.70), 1984
  • Dana Powers (23.32), 1985
  • Mindy Matheny (23.66), 1988
  • Lynne Braddock (23.69), 1989
  • Michelle Butcher (23.65), 1990
  • Melanie Dodd (22.88), 1993
  • Helene Muller (22.98), 1997
  • Therese Alshammar (49.46), 1999

100 Freestyle (8)

  • Emily Ricketts (51.54), 1986
  • Shauna Gilmore (51.44), 1987
  • Mindy Matheny (51.89), 1991
  • Melanie Dodd (50.04), 1993
  • Melanie Dodd (50.19), 1994
  • Melanie Dodd (50.13), 1995
  • Melanie Dodd (50.25), 1996
  • Helene Muller (50.02), 1997

200 Freestyle (10)

  • Emily Ricketts (1:50.81), 1984
  • Emily Ricketts (1:50.81), 1985
  • Shauna Gilmore (1:50.73), 1986
  • Shauna Gilmore (1:49.85), 1987
  • Kris Neuenfeldt (1:51.33), 1990
  • Melanie Dodd (1:49.14), 1993
  • Melanie Dodd (1:49.48), 1995
  • Anna Windsor (1:48.49), 1997
  • Shandra Johnson (1:46.53), 1998
  • Shandra Johnson (1:48.08, 1999

500 Freestyle (11)

  • Anne Watland (5:08.88), 1977
  • Susan Cashman (4:55.83), 1984
  • Emily Rickett (4:51.35), 1985
  • Lee Pennefather (5:00.15), 1987
  • Michelle Butcher (4:51.11), 1990
  • Michelle Butcher (4:52.86), 1991
  • Michelle Butcher (4:50.58), 1992
  • Heather Park (4:50.30), 1996
  • Shandra Johnson (4:43.48), 1998
  • Shandra Johnson (4:50.31), 1999
  • Shandra Johnson (4:47.35), 2000

1,650 Freestyle (9)

  • Anne Watland (17:34.80), 1977
  • Michelle Butcher (16:25.99), 1990
  • Michelle Butcher (16:38.72), 1991
  • Michelle Butcher (16:40.03), 1992
  • BriAnna Wilkins (16:39.75), 1994
  • BriAnna Wilkins (16:56.27), 1995
  • Heather Park (16:49.56), 1996
  • Lauren Bailey (16:20.05), 2006
  • Lauren Bailey (16:14.36), 2007

50 Breaststroke (2)

  • Ellen Hollander (33.48), 1976
  • Ellen Hollander (32.99), 1977

100 Breaststroke (11)

  • Ellen Hollander (1:12.90), 1976
  • Ellen Hollander (1:11.97), 1977
  • Dana Powers (1:06.23), 1986
  • Dana Powers (1:05.10), 1987
  • Leane Maruk (1:05.58), 1990
  • Penny Heyns (1:03.64), 1993
  • Penny Heyns (1:01.88), 1994
  • Penny Heyns (1:01.57), 1995
  • Penny Heyns (1:00.18), 1996
  • Julia Russell (1:00.83), 1997
  • Elvira Fischer (1:03.19), 2000

200 Breaststroke (15)

  • Ellen Hollander, 1976
  • Ellen Hollander (2:34.17), 1977
  • Cathy Heisler (2:25.68), 1983
  • Erin Hurley (2:17.87), 1985
  • Erin Hurley (2:24.86), 1986
  • Erin Hurley (2:21.07), 1987
  • Terri Long (2:23.05), 1988
  • Penny Heyns (2:13.93), 1994
  • Penny Heyns (2:13.71), 1995
  • Penny Heyns (2:08.90), 1996
  • Julia Russell (2:10.25), 1997
  • Lenka Manhalova (2:14.22), 1998
  • Janna Brock (2:15.09), 1999
  • Elvira Fischer (2:13.71), 2000
  • Elvira Fischer (2:12.91), 2001

100 Backstroke (10)

  • Sherri Hayward (59.76), 1981
  • Penny Stanek (58.34), 1985
  • Carole Johnson (58.13), 1987
  • Carole Johnson (58.39), 1988
  • Carole Johnson (58.13), 1989
  • Carole Johnson (59.21), 1990
  • Jane Glazebrook (56.82), 1993
  • Jane Glazebrook (56.16), 1994
  • Jane Glazebrook (56.12), 1995
  • Janet Danburg (57.13), 1996

200 Backstroke (15)

  • Sherri Hayward (2:04.79), 1980
  • Sherri Hayward (2:06.09), 1981
  • Sherri Hayward (2:05.25), 1982
  • Sherri Hayward (2:05.18), 1983
  • Carole Johnson (2:06.20), 1987
  • Carole Johnson (2:06.16), 1989
  • Julie Riegal (2:05.40), 1991
  • Kris Haws (2:04.01), 1992
  • Jane Glazebrook (1:59.70), 1993
  • Jane Glazebrook (1:58.19), 1994
  • Jane Glazebrook (1:58.19), 1995
  • Janet Danburg (2:03.6), 1996
  • Shandra Johnson (1:58.35), 1998
  • Shandra Johnson (1:58.70), 1999
  • Shandra Johnson (1:59.05), 2000

100 Butterfly (6)

  • Dana Powers (55.10), 1985
  • Dana Powers (56.59), 1986
  • Dana Powers (55.10), 1987
  • Jenell Garcia (55.76), 1990
  • Melanie Wirtner (55.52), 1991
  • Destiny Lauren (55.51), 1996

200 Butterfly (10)

  • Melanie Jakob (2:12.56), 1977
  • Lee Pennefather (2:04.28), 1987
  • Jenell Garcia (2:02.41), 1989
  • Jenell Garcia (2:01.94), 1991
  • Marci Bodner (2:03.13), 1994
  • Destiny Lauren (2:00.67), 1995
  • Destiny Lauren (2:01.01), 1996
  • Destiny Lauren (2:00.69), 1998
  • Destiny Lauren (1:59.28), 1999
  • Rebecca Wolfe (1:57.94), 2001

100 Individual Medley (2)

  • Ellen Hollander (1:05.12), 1976
  • JoDea Eckstrom (1:02.30), 1978

200 Individual Medley (4)

  • Melanie Jakob (2:13.95), 1977
  • Melanie Wirtner (2:05.17), 1990
  • Julia Russell (2:00.77), 1996
  • Julia Russell (1:59.13), 1997

400 Individual Medley (6)

  • Michelle Butcher (4:24.92), 1990
  • Michelle Butcher (4:24.04), 1991
  • Michelle Butcher (4:26.13), 1992
  • Destiny Lauren (4:20.51), 1996
  • Laura Simon (4:19.15), 1997
  • Lauren Bailey (4:17.57), 2004 

One-Meter Diving (9)

  • Virginia Kincade (593.60), 1975
  • Kristi Wells (376.10), 1977
  • Wendy Lucero (449.95), 1983
  • Marcia Heaton (387.80), 1984
  • Heidi Hecker (440.15), 1985
  • Julie May (441.25), 1987
  • Julie May (454.35), 1989
  • Jennifer Harnly (434.70), 1993
  • Jennifer Harnly (422.0), 1994

Three-Meter Diving (10)

  • Virginia Kincade (650.20), 1975
  • Kristi Wells (367.20), 1976
  • Kristi Wells (424.00), 1977
  • Heidi Hecker (456.45), 1985
  • Julie May (515.0), 1989
  • Stephanie Clennan (462.80), 1988
  • Amy Aarsen (562.85), 1991
  • Heidi Buchholz (450.10), 1992
  • Cheryl Karty (495.10), 1993
  • Julie Grimmer (536.50), 1995

 

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