Ehly's Dream Becomes Her Reality
When it comes to being a Husker, Jordan Ehly shows no hesitation.
"When I took visits to other universities none of them compared to Nebraska as far as athletic and academic excellence," Ehly said of her recruitment experience. "Pablo (Morales) is a former Olympian and idol to so many including myself, and Coach Pat (Rowan) is an incredible breastroke and sprint coach."
Once Ehly met the women she would be sharing lanes with, her decision was set in stone. "They made me feel like I was already apart of a team, and I knew thats what I wanted," she recalled of her visits to Lincoln.
Little did she know, one day she would lead the same team as a captain her senior year.
The position is not something Ehly takes lightly. "It means everything to me," she said. "Being a team captain of a D1 program has been something I have only dreamed of. The fact that the girls and the coaches picked me to take on this role means the world to me."
One of Nebraska’s top swimmers in the breaststroke events over the past four years, Ehly has excelled in both the pool and the classroom. In her career, she has produced three top-20 finishes at the Big Ten Championships and competed in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2016, and is a two-time CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice. Ehly has helped the swim and dive prorgram to three straight Herman Team GPA awards.
The New Mexico native has found a home away from home in her teammates. "My favorite part about being a Husker has been the team aspect. There truly is no place like Nebraska, and I mean that when I talk about the people here. Being on a team with such a bond is truly one of the greatest feelings, we are all so close, and support one another in literally everything we do."
Ehly takes the most pride in her journey as a Husker, learning to trust the process as she grew in the program. "I am proud of each team I have been apart of during my four years, and the improvements I have made in this sport. I am so grateful to get the opportunity to compete at a university such as this, and with that the leadership role I have been able to carry, and how I have hopefully impacted these girls the same way the leaders on my team impacted me."
As far as the future goes, Ehly said she has options but is focused on the present. "Right now, I am taking it one day at a time and trying to finish out my collegiate career the best way possible. I will be in school for one more year finishing up my advertising and public relations degree. Advertising is something I am very passionate about so I am excited for what the future holds!"