Husker Olympians

The first female swimmer in history to qualify for six Olympic Games, Therese Alshammar made her most recent appearance at the Rio Games in 2016, 20 years after competing in Atlanta in 1996. Alshammar competed for the Huskers for two seasons in 1998 and 1999, capturing 13 All-America awards during her time in Lincoln. Considered one of the top female freestyle sprinters in the world, Alshammar set two records at the 2000 European Short Course Championships. Alshammar took home three medals from the Sydney Olympics in 2000, a pair of silvers and a bronze.

A two-time Olympian, Fischer was a three-time All-American while at Nebraska. Fischer's top finish at the 1996 Olympics was 23rd in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:33.87). In Sydney, Fischer's top performance was in the 100-meter breaststroke, where she touched the wall in 1:11.58, placing 24th overall, and winning her heat.

Penny Heyns made history by sweeping the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, becoming the first woman to sweep the breaststroke events in the Olympics. Her Olympic golds came just a few months after becoming Nebraska's first NCAA Champion in the 100 breaststroke. A 15-time All-American at Nebraska, Heyns added a bronze medal in the 100-meter breast at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Emma Johnson competed for the Huskers during the 1998-99 season, earning All-America honors in the 400-yard IM at the 1999 NCAA Championships. She established the Nebraska record in the 400-yard IM, at the 1998 Texas Invitational. Johnson finished fifth in the 400-meter IM at the 1996 Olympics, while also earning a bronze medal swimming on the Aussie's third-place 800-meter freestyle relay team.

Wendy Lucero competed for Nebraska from 1981 to 1983. Lucero's freshman season was highlighted by a runner-up finish in three-meter diving and a fourth-place finish on the one meter at the 1982 Big Eight Championships. Later that season, Lucero placed eighth at U.S. Nationals. A native of Denver, Colo., Lucero competed for the United States at the 1988 Olympics.

Lenka Manhalova finished 11th in the 200-meter breaststroke and 29th in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. A Czech National Team member since 1991, Manhalova was a two-time All-American at Nebraska, including a fifth-place 200-yard breaststroke finish at the 1997 NCAA Championships. Manhalova was also the 1998 Big 12 200-yard breaststroke champion.

Anja Margetic was a member of the Bosnian team for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Margetic finished 27th in the 200-meter butterfly and 44th in the 100-meter butterfly. Margetic earned All-America honors at Nebraska in 1994 as a member of the 400-yard medley relay that notched a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

A standout breaststroker for the Huskers from 1997 to 1999, Terrie Miller earned All-America honors in each of her three seasons competing for Nebraska. As a freshman, she placed eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Championships. She earned All-America honors competing on NU's medley relays in both 1998 and 1999. At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, she placed 20th in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Former Husker All-American Helene Muller swam for her native South Africa during the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. Muller lettered from 1997 to 2000, garnering All-America honors for the Huskers 15 times, including a bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the 2000 NCAA Championships.

Julia Russell of South Africa highlighted her trip to Atlanta with a 12th-place finish in the 200-meter breaststroke with a career-best 2:30.38 time. Russell also finished 17th in the 100-meter breaststroke and 26th in the 200-meter IM. Russell was an 18-time All-American at Nebraska. Russell also was the 1997 NCAA runner-up in the 200-yard breaststroke, and the 1997 Big 12 Swimmer of the Year, winning three events at the Big 12 Championships. She finished her career as Nebraska's most prolific scorer at the NCAA Championships with 108 points.

Freestyle and individual medley standout Anna Windsor competed for NU during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. A two-time NCAA finalist in the 200-yard freestyle, Windsor placed seventh in the event in 1997. She also swam on NU's second-place 800-yard freestyle relay at the 1998 NCAA Championships. During her two-year career, she earned a total of nine All-America honors. Representing Australia at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Windsor swam on the Aussie's eighth-place 400-meter freestyle relay.