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

Honors & Awards

  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2014, 2015)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2015)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015; Spring 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2015, 2016)

2015-16 (Outlook)
Katt Sickle made a strong return from injury in 2014-15, notching 21 top-five finishes, along with five victories. Sickle also showed improvement by swimming two career bests at the Big Ten Championships. Sickle is Nebraska’s top long-distance swimmer and is expected to have a strong junior season campaign for the Huskers.

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 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 performed 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 debut season for the Huskers in 2012-13, recording 13 top-five finishes and claiming three victories across eight events. The Grain Valley, Mo., native 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 also set 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.

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.

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. Katt is majoring in elementary education and mild/moderate disabilities education. She is a six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. A strong performer in the community as well, she claimed three spots on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. She chose Nebraska over Kansas, Northern Arizona, Colorado and Missouri.

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Meet (Date)

200 Free


Iowa Invitational (2012)

500 Free


Big Ten Championships (2015)

1,650 Free


Big Ten Championships (2015)

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