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Katt Sickle
Player Profile:
Katt Sickle 823045
Position: Freestyle
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Grain Valley, Mo.
High School: Grain Valley
Major: Teaching

Honors & Awards

  • U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier (2016)
  • Three Letters (2013, 2015, 2016)
  • CSCAA Scholar All-American (HM, 2016)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2015, 2016)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2015, 2016)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
    (Fall 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015; Spring 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2014, 2015)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2015, 2016)

2016-17 (Outlook)
Katt Sickle underwent surgery in July after competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, and is expected to miss the 2016-17 season. The fifth-year senior from Grain Valley, Mo., is expected to apply for a medical hardship and return for her sixth season at Nebraska in 2017-18. Sickle competed in the 400 freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials (85th, 4:21.92), after swimming to a trio of top-30 finishes at the 2016 Big Ten Championships, including a 15th-place finish in the 500 free. Sickle is also a star in the classroom as a two-time academic All-Big Ten choice and a 2016 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Sickle, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Nebraska in May of 2016, hopes to complete her master’s degree in teaching, learning and teacher education by the end of her competitive career.

2015-16 (Junior)
Sickle racked up 22 top-five finishes, including seven victories and eight runner-up performances as a junior in 2015-16. Sickle swam to a pair of wins against Iowa State, touching the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.79) and 500 freestyle (5:05.12) against the Cyclones. She raced to a career-best 16:47.23 to finish third in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the Big Challenge, helping the Huskers to the team title. At the Big Ten Championships, Sickle finished 15th in the 500 free at the Big Ten Championships after posting a career-best time of 4:46.52 in the prelims. She added a career-best 1:48.78 to finish 26th in the 200 free at the conference championships. She also took 30th in the 1,650 freestyle at the conference meet with a time of 17:02.07. She helped the Huskers’ 800-yard freestyle relay to a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten meet. A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2016, Sickle earned academic All-Big Ten accolades for the second straight season. She has claimed eight spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for the third time.

2014-15 (Sophomore)
After sitting out a year with an injury, Sickle returned as one of Nebraska’s top performers in 2014-15. She racked up 21 top-five finishes, including five victories. Sickle had one of her strongest meets against South Dakota State, capturing wins in both the 1,000-yard freestyle and 200-yard IM. Sickle also performed well at the Big Ten Championships, setting then-career bests in the 500-yard freestyle with a 21st-place time of 4:48.79 and the 1,650-yard freestyle with a 30th-place time of 16:51.41. Sickle also worked at a high level in the classroom, earning academic All-Big Ten honors in 2015.

2013-14 (Redshirt)
Sickle redshirted in 2013-14 with an injury.

2012-13 (Freshman)
Sickle had an impressive first season in 2012-13, recording 13 top-five finishes and claiming three victories across eight events. She won both the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley at South Dakota State to go with her victory in the 200-yard freestyle against Nebraska-Omaha. Sickle set then-personal-best times in the 200 free (1:50.51), 500 free (4:54.03), 1,650 free (17:05.86) and 400 IM (4:31.20) at the Iowa Invitational in December. Sickle found success in the classroom as well, earning spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13.

Previous
Sickle graduated from Grain Valley High School in 2012. She swam for the Kansas City Blazers and was coached by two-time head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team, Gardner Howland. Sickle was named Swimmer of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and was a member of a Blazers’ record relay team. Sickle also was selected to her high school honor roll all four years.

Personal
The daughter of Mike and Kelly Sickle, Katt was born June 28, 1994, in Davenport, Iowa. She has two sisters, Mikki and Danika, and one brother, Koleton. An elementary education and mild/moderate disabilities education major at Nebraska, Katt earned her bachelor’s degree in May of 2016. A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2016, she is a two-time academic All-Big Ten selection and an eight-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. A strong performer in the community as well, she has claimed three spots on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. She chose Nebraska over Kansas, Northern Arizona, Colorado and Missouri.

Career-Best Times                                           

Event

Time

Meet (Date)

200 Free

1:48.78

Big Ten Championships (2016)

500 Free

4:46.52

Big Ten Championships (2016)

1,650 Free

16:47.23

Big Challenge (2015)

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