Honors & Awards
- One Letter (2018)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2019)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017, 2018; Spring 2018)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018, 2019)
Rachel Powers looks to improve her times in the distance freestyle events in her second season with the Huskers in 2018-19. The former Wisconsin state champion swam to career-best times while establishing a stronger training base as a freshman. She also established herself in the classroom with a pair of spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
Powers had a solid first year as a Husker, racking up 10 top-five finishes, including one victory. She set three career bests, with one coming at the 2018 Big Ten Championships. At the conference meet, she posted her top finish in the 1,650 free, while also setting a career best in the 500-yard freestyle (4:52.60) to take 43rd. Her second career best came at the Mizzou Invite in the 200 free (1:50.73). She also competed in the 500 free, earning eighth place at Mizzou with a time of 4:53.73. Powers also got off to a strong start in the classroom, claiming spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2017-18. She earned a spot on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
Powers came to Nebraska after taking the 500 freestyle title at the WIAA High School State meet her senior year. Powers placed in the top eight five times at the WIAA High School State throughout her high school career. The seven-time All-State and five-time honorable-mention All-State selection aided Sun Prairie High School to the WIAA High School state meet four consecutive years. Powers was named team captain and WIAA Scholar Athlete. She holds records in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles, 200-yard individual medley, the 4x50 medley relay and the 4x100 freestyle relay. While swimming for her club team, Powers won the 400 free at the Wisconsin 2016 Summer Long Course State Meet. She also swept the 500 free, 1,000 free and the mile free, taking first at the Wisconsin 2017 Winter Short Course State Meet. Powers was named Wisconsin Female Swimmer of the Year for three years. Powers was a member of Sun Prairie’s honor roll and earned the Academic Excellence Award all four years. She also graduated with high honors.
The daughter of Margaret and Tim Powers, Rachel was born Aug. 22, 1998, in Sun Prairie, Wis. She has an older sister, Sarah, and an older brother, Luke. An elementary education major, she earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2019. She is a three-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. She was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2018 and 2019. She chose Nebraska over Missouri.
|200 Free||1:50.73||Mizzou Invite (2017)|
|500 Free||4:52.60||Big Ten Championships (2018)|
|1,000 Free||10:24.49||Iowa State (2018)|
|1,650 Free||16:50.51||Hawkeye Invite (2018)|