Honors & Awards

  • Two Letters (2016, 2017)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2017, 2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2017, 2018)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019; Spring 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Herman Team GPA Award (2016, 2017)
  • Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) 

2017-18 (Outlook)
Bridget Pacilio is planning to work for continued improvement in the breaststroke and individual medley events in 2017-18. The junior from Colleyville, Texas, produced career-best times in the pool while earning Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors in the classroom as a sophomore.

2016-17 (Sophomore)
Pacilio compiled 11 top-five finishes as a sophomore for the Huskers. Pacilio was a strong performer in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes, where she recorded five top-five finishes. She took second in the 200 breaststroke (1:06.37) in Nebraska's dual victory over Omaha. At the Kansas Classic, Pacilio set a personal record in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.22). She produced a trio of career-best times and top-50 finishes at the 2017 Big Ten Championships, including 27th in the 400 individual medley (4:21.37). She added a 31st-place finish in the 200 breast (2:17.37) and a 42nd-place showing in the 200 individual medley (2:03.53).  A star in the classroom, Pacilio earned a 4.0 GPA in both the fall and spring semesters to earn spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the first time. She also claimed a spot on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for the second consecutive year.

2015-16 (Freshman)
Pacilio accumulated 17 top-five finishes, including a pair of runner-up showings as a freshman. At the Big Ten Championships, Pacilio took 29th with a then-career-best 4:22.28 in the 400-yard individual medley. She also finished 43rd in the 200-yard breaststroke with a career-best time of 2:18.70 at the conference meet. She added a 51st-place finish with a career-best 2:04.02 in the 200 IM at the Big Ten Championships. Early in the season, she swam to a career-best 100-yard breaststroke time of 1:06.81 to finish fourth and help the Huskers to a dual team victory over Illinois. In the classroom, Pacilio earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2015-16. She also claimed a spot on the 2016 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for her commitment to community service.

Pacilio joined Nebraska after a stellar high school career. At Colleyville Heritage, Pacilio was a state qualifier and earned all-state honors. Pacilio was named swimmer of the year at the 2014 Texas District 7-5A Championships, after leading her team to a district title. At the meet, Pacilio captured individual victories in the 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke and was a member of the first-place 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay teams. Pacilio also swam for the North Texas Nadadores. She was a qualifier for the Winter Junior Nationals. Pacilio was also strong in the classroom, earning USA Swimming Scholastic All-America honors.

The daughter of Nancy and Bill Pacilio, Bridget was born March 17, 1997, in Arlington, Texas. She has an older sister, Rachel. A child, youth and family studies major, Bridget earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in December 2019. She is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection. She is an eight-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. She was also a four-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. She chose Nebraska over TCU and Arkansas.

Career-Best Times

Event Time Meet (Date)
100 Breast 1:06.22 Kansas Classic (2016)
200 Breast 2:17.37 Big Ten Championships (2017)
200 IM 2:03.53 Big Ten Championships (2017)
400 IM 4:21.37 Big Ten Championships (2017)