Q&A with Morgan McCafferty

Honors & Awards

  • U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier (2016)
  • Four Letters (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2018; Spring 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Herman Team GPA Award (2016, 2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

2018-19 (Senior)
Morgan McCafferty concluded her Husker career with a solid 2018-19 season by racking up nine top-five finishes, including a victory and a pair of third-place performances. McCafferty earned her victory against South Dakota State in the 100 back by swimming a time of 57.55. She had a pair of strong backstroke performances at the Hawkeye Invite, placing sixth in the 200 and ninth in 100. The Ohio native competed at the 2018 USA Swimming Winter Nationals in the 100-meter backstroke (1:03.72). At the 2019 Big Ten Championships, McCafferty competed in the 100 back (33rd), 200 back (33rd) and 200 IM (41st). A four-time letterwinner, McCafferty made the academic All-Big Ten for the third consecutive season. She was also a four-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. McCafferty earned her bachelor’s degree as a history major at Nebraska in May of 2019.

2017-18 (Junior)
McCafferty captured seven top-five finishes, including a victory and a second-place showing as a junior. She set four career bests, including three at the 2018 Big Ten Championships, 100 fly (54.29, 27th), 200 IM (2:00.55, 28th) and the 200 back (1:58.85). Her time in the 200 backstroke came in a time trial, when she reached an NCAA B qualifying standard. She also finished 33rd in the 100 back at the Big Ten meet. McCafferty captured her fourth career best at the Mizzou Invite in the 100 back (55.00). McCafferty had a strong performance against Illinois with a runner-up finish in the 100 back, and two fourth-place showings in the 200 back and the 100 fly. In the classroom, McCafferty earned academic All-Big Ten honors and was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

2016-17 (Sophomore)
McCafferty had a solid 2016-17 season, producing seven top-five performances including one victory and one runner-up finish. She won the 200-yard backstroke (2:07.56) in Nebraska’s dual victory over South Dakota State. She also placed second in the 100 backstroke (57.96) against Iowa State. At the Big Ten Championships, McCafferty set then-career bests in the 200 individual medley (2:01.21, 28th) and the 100 backstroke (55.08, 33rd). McCafferty earned academic All-Big Ten honors for the first time and claimed her second selection to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

2015-16 (Freshman)
McCafferty produced 10 top-five finishes, including one victory in her freshman season with the Huskers. She helped Nebraska to the team title at the Big Challenge with then-career-best performances in the 100-yard backstroke (55.19), 200-yard backstroke (2:00.13), 100-yard butterfly (56.86) and 200-yard individual medley (2:04.05). At the 2016 Big Ten Championships, McCafferty finished 29th in the 100-yard backstroke, 41st in the 200 back and 69th in the 200-yard individual medley. She earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2015-16, and was a member of the 2016 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

McCafferty came to Nebraska after earning All-America and all-state honors at Reynoldsburg High School in Ohio. McCafferty finished sixth in the 100-yard backstroke both her junior and senior years at the state meet. She also earned a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley her junior year. McCafferty competed for the Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio. She was a national qualifier in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley. McCafferty made honor roll all four years at Reynoldsburg High School.

The daughter of Cathy Cicak and Colin McCafferty, Morgan was born Aug. 17, 1997, in Columbus, Ohio. She has one sister, Shannon, and two brothers, Patrick and Jake. Morgan was a history major and earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2019. She was a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection. She was a six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. She was a four-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). She chose Nebraska over Navy, Air Force, West Virginia and Marshall.

Career-Best Times

Event Time Meet (Date)
100 Back 55.00 Mizzou Invite (2017)
200 Back


Big Ten Championships (2018)
100 Fly


Big Ten Championships (2018)
200 IM 2:00.55 Big Ten Championships (2018)