Indianapolis - Erin Oeltjen and Dana Posthuma, University of Nebraska swimmers from Omaha, returned to the national spotlight over the weekend when they represented the Huskers in the USA College Challenge at the Indiana University Natatorium.
The USA College Challenge was an opportunity for standout Big Ten student-athletes to compete against the USA Swimming National Team. Oeltjen and Posthuma swam among the likes of Olympians Lilly King, Leah Smith, Lindsey Clary and Gabby DeLoof. The special event was televised live from the Indiana University Natatorium by the Big Ten Network and streamed live at BTN2Go.com.
Oeltjen competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials during the summer of 2016, while Posthuma competed in the Omaha Cup, which served as a preview event for the Trials. Both events were held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
Oeltjen represented the Big Ten in the 100 backstroke, posting a season-best time of 54:57 to finish seventh. She also participated as a member of a Big Ten 400 medley relay team. Posthuma swam legs of a 400 medley relay and a 400 freestyle relay team for the Big Ten.
Oeltjen, a senior captain for the Big Red, set career bests at the 2016 Big Ten Championships in the 200 backstroke (1:57.46) and the 100 butterfly (54.42). The Millard West graduate competed in the 100- and 200-meter backstrokes at the Olympic Trials, June 26-July 3.
Posthuma, a sophomore, was a three-time high school All-American who set career-best times in the 100 fly (53.98), 200 fly (2:00.96) and 200 IM (2:03.38) at the 2016 Big Ten Championships. The Omaha Burke graduate was a two-time Nebraska state champion in the 100 butterfly and owns the state high school record in the event.
Posthuma is ranked 23rd in the Big Ten in the 100 fly (56.02) and 20th in the 200 fly (2:02.28) while Oeltjen is ranked 19th in the 100 back (56.28) and 22nd in the 200 back (2:01.63). Both Posthuma and Oeltjen have put up Big Ten Championship bonus finalist times in these events.
The Nebraska swim team returns to action at the Kansas Classic Nov. 18-20, while the diving team led by All-American Anna Filipcic returns to the well at the Mizzou Invitational Nov. 17-19.