A comprehensive list of the top 10 times in each event in Nebraska high school state swimming history.
Last updated: Jan. 27, 2020.
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2018 1:31.47
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2011 1:32.37
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2013 1:32.75
Papillion-LV/PLV South, 2019 1:32.87
Millard South, 2012 1:32.89
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2010 1:33.12
Millard South, 2013 1:33.31
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2019 1:33.39
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2015 1:33.40
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2014 1:33.56
Jacob Molacek, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2013 1:37.29p
Michael Mollak, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South, 2015 1:38.54p
Chuck Sharpe, Omaha Westside, 1977 1:39.24
Billy Kunkel, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2009 1:39.51p
Caleb Schuermann, Om. Creighton Prep, 2011 1:39.70
Zac Samland, Omaha Westside, 2004 1:39.83
Matthew Novinski, Grand Island, 2017 1:39.86
Jonathan Novinski, Grand Island, 2017 1:40.08p
Doug Humphrey, Omaha Westside, 1991 1:40.17
Chris Mailliard, Omaha Westside, 1992 1:40.33
Pat Militti, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2010 1:40.51p
200-yard individual medley
Jacob Molacek, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2014 1:45.50p
Luke Barr, Papillion-LV/PLVS, 2019 1:47.91
Will Raynor, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2012 1:50.41p
Adam Beckman, Kearney, 2005 1:50.51
Conner Funke, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2018 1:50.91
P.J. Wiseman, Ralston, 1991 1:51.32
Ross Pantano, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2019 1:51.49
Ryan Tate, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2015 1:51.62
Caleb Schuermann, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2009 1:52.25
Lance Culjat, Omaha Brownell-Talbot, 2016 1:52.44
Jacob Molacek, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2014 19.83
Luke Barr, Papillion-LV/PLV South, 2019 20.17
David Morrow, Norfolk, 1997 20.45p
Sean Tate, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2015 20.58
Ryan Miksch, Columbus, 2012 20.64
Coley Stickels, Omaha Creighton Prep, 1995 20.66p
Ryan Bubb, Lincoln East, 2009 20.66
Bryon Butts, Bellevue East, 1991 20.80
Billy Kunkel, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2009 20.88
Scott Cain, South Sioux City, 2018 20.98
Will Gottsch, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South, 2016 595.90
Dave Keane, Omaha Westside, 1976 574.74
Austin Alexander, Lincoln Northeast, 2015 558.45
Lawrence Roddick, Omaha Creighton Prep, 1984 526.60
Joey Weber, Ralston/Omaha Gross. 2015 525.05
Addison Boschult, Ralston/Omaha Gross, 2012 511.05
Jim Weyhrauch, Lincoln Southeast, 1977 510.75
David Goodwin, Omaha Creighton Prep, 1978 510.75
Flip Crummer, Omaha Central, 1981 509.85
Zach Boyd, Millard South, 2019 501.20
Rush Clark, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2019 47.54
Jacob Molacek, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2013 48.68
Ryan Bubb, Lincoln East, 2009 48.92p
Ryan Tate, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2015 49.07
David Lammel, Millard South, 1983 49.34
Garrett Cadotte, Ralston/Omaha Gross, 2014 49.52
Tony Lazzaretti, Omaha Creighton Prep, 1981 49.63
Mateo Miceli, Millard West, 2019 49.76p
Colin LaFave, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2017 49.78p
David Foster, Lincoln High, 1995 49.82
Ansel Lindner, Papillion-La Vista, 1999 49.82
Jacob Molacek, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2014 43.97
Ryan Miksch, Columbus, 2011 44.51
Sean Tate, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2015 44.89
Billy Kunkel, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2009 45.32
Luke Barr, Papillion-LV/PLV South, 2019 45.33
Rush Clark, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2019 45.39
Coley Stickels, Omaha Creighton Prep, 1996 45.54
Chuck Sharpe, Omaha Westside, 1977 45.56
P.J. Wiseman, Ralston, 1992 45.70
Cameron Carney, Norfolk, 2017 45.83p
Jonathan Nowinski, Grand Island, 2019 4:32.04p
Caleb Schuermann, Om. Creighton Prep, 2009 4:34.76
Doug Humphrey, Omaha Westside, 1991 4:35.43p
Mark Dietrich, Omaha Westside, 1986 4:36.70
Brent Harvey, Papillion-La Vista, 1990 4:36.82
Vladislav Blazhievskiy, Lin. Southwest, 2015 4:37.05p
Tim Golliglee, Papillion-La Vista, 1981 4:37.47
P.J. Wiseman, Ralston, 1992 4:37.72
Clark Cheney, Bellevue West, 1982 4:37.97
Brandon Abboud, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2015 4:38.24
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2014 1:22.09
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2013 1:23.45
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2009 1:24.15
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2010 1:24.35
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2012 1:24.42
Omaha Burke, 2014 1:24.43p
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2011 1:24.46
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2015 1:24.96
Papillion-LV/PLV South, 2019 1:25.04
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2016 1:25.26
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2017 1:25.74
Matthew Novinski, Grand Island, 2017 48.72
Colin LaFave, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2018 49.40p
Will Raynor, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2011 49.43
Luke Barr, Papillion-LV/PLV South, 2019 49.48
Robert Glover, Millard South, 2013 49.49
Ross Pantano, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2019 49.80
Jacob Molacek, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2014 49.98
Mateo Miceli, Millard West, 2019 50.07
Mark Cavanaugh, Papillion-LV/PLV South, 2019 50.29
Collin McKelvey, Kearney, 2018 50.50p
Jacob Molacek, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2014 52.92p*
Luke Barr, Papillion-LV/PLV South, 2019 55.17
Conner Funke, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2018 55.74
Michael Mollak, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South, 2015 55.76p
David Anderson, Millard South, 1998 56.10
Sean Kelly, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2002 56.29p
Alexander Petty, Lincoln East, 2019 56.60
Lance Culjat, Omaha Brownell-Talbot, 2016 56.64
Peter Bailis, Omaha Creighton Prep, 2007 56.87p
Isaac Springer, Millard West, 2012 56.92p
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2014 3:02.23
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2010 3:05.49
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2013 3:05.68
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2015 3:05.82
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2009 3:05.93
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2011 3:06.67
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2017 3:07.66
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2017 3:08.06
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2018 3:09.39
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2015 475
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2014 451
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2017 449.5
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2016 430
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2011 411
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2013 409.5
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2018 409
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2010 404
Omaha Creighton Prep, 2009 369
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Lincoln Southwest, 2017 1:39.68
Lincoln Southwest, 2016 1:41.39
Lincoln Southwest, 2018 1:44.12p
Lincoln Southwest, 2015 1:45.01
Omaha Marian, 2019 1:45.46
Lincoln Pius X, 2018 1:45.76
Omaha Marian, 2018 1:46.06
Millard West, 2003 1:46.35
Lincoln Southwest, 2019 1:46.76
Millard West, 2010 1:46.97
Alana Palmer, Lincoln Southwest, 2017 1:48.74
Jenn Kocsis, Omaha Marian, 2004 1:49.87
Caroline Theil, Lincoln Pius X, 2015 1:50.11p
Katie Eckholt, Omaha Marian, 2000 1:50.65p
Shandra Johnson, Omaha North, 1995 1:50.77
Dannie Dilsaver, Lincoln Southwest, 2016 1:50.97
Beth Roach, Omaha Marian, 2003 1:51.80
Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, Om. Westside, 2014 1:51.85
Berkeley Livingston, Lincoln Southwest, 2019 1:51.93
Linda Rosenberg, Omaha Westside, 1986 1:52.29
200-yard individual medley
Dannie Dilsaver, Lincoln Southwest, 2016 2:00:57
Caroline Theil, Lincoln Pius X, 2018 2:01.39p
Berkeley Livingston, Lincoln Southwest, 2017 2:02.63
Karen Criss, Omaha Marian, 2006 2:03.56
Shandra Johnson, Omaha North, 1997 2:03.64
Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, Om. Westside, 2015 2:03.64
Sarah Dance, Lincoln Southeast, 2000 2:04.80
Kaitlin Arntz, Millard West, 2006 2:05.29
Dana Posthuma, Omaha Burke, 2015 2:05.58
Anna Kokensparger, Omaha Duchesne, 2009 2:05.83
Olivia Calegan, Lincoln Southwest, 2016 22.77
Naeleah Hadford, Omaha Marian, 2017 23.04
Alana Palmer, Lincoln Southwest, 2017 23.07
Katie Eckholt, Omaha Marian, 2001 23.20
Clara Walstad, Lincoln Southwest, 2017 23.34
Laura Miksch, Columbus, 2014 23.38
Erin Holtmeyer, Omaha Marian, 2003 23.39
Emily Pufall, Millard West, 2003 23.43
Alexandra Bilunas, Omaha Duchesne, 2009 23.54
Elizabeth McGinn, Millard West, 2011 23.56
Taylor Carter, Omaha Marian, 2015 526.00
Elizabeth Howorth, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South, 2013 497.50
Kelly Straub, Omaha Marian, 2015 491.55
Jessica Warak, Bellevue West, 2017 484.25
Anna Howorth, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South, 2014 476.00
Jodi Janssen, Papillion-La Vista, 1994 475.85
Lilly Hinrichs, Lincoln Southeast, 2011 469.55
Megan Carter, Omaha Marian, 2018 466.55
Becki Clark, Omaha Marian, 1986 465.55
Kaitlyn Witt, Lincoln Southwest, 2018 54.48
Caroline Theil, Lincoln Pius X, 2018 54.61
Dana Posthuma, Omaha Burke, 2015 54.83
Olivia Calegan, Lincoln Southwest, 2016 54.86
Shannon Guy, Millard West, 2010 55.05
Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, Omaha Westside, 2016 55.78
Annika Harthoorn, Norfolk, 2018 55.94
Berkeley Livingston, Lincoln Southwest, 2018 55.98
Tara Goss, Millard West, 2015 56.01
Clara Walstad, Lincoln Southwest, 2016 56.02
Olivia Calegan, Lincoln Southwest, 2017 49.48
Alana Palmer, Lincoln Southwest, 2018 50.10p
Katie Eckholt, Omaha Marian, 2001 50.43p
Caroline Theil, Lincoln Pius X, 2015 51.00
Naeleah Hadford, Omaha Marian, 2017 51.00
Beth Roach, Omaha Marian, 2003 51.18
Erin Holtmeyer, Omaha Marian, 2003 51.21
Emily Pufall, Millard West, 2003 51.55
Emma O’Connell, Millard West, 2009 51.64p
Amy Tidball, Lincoln High, 1987 51.66
Jenn Kocsis, Omaha Marian, 2006 4:53.36
Shandra Johnson, Omaha North, 1997 4:54.18
Berkeley Livingston, Lincoln Southwest, 2018 4:55.37
Dannie Dilsaver, Lincoln Southwest, 2016 4:59.02
Katie Eckholt, Omaha Marian, 2000 5:02.50
Mollie McNeel, Lincoln Northeast, 2010 5:02.90
Erin Holtmeyer, Omaha Marian, 2003 5:03.27
Holly Hopson, Millard North, 2015 5:03.68
Jenny Melrose, Papillion-La Vista, 1990 5:04.14
Lincoln Southwest, 2017 1:33.85
Lincoln Southwest, 2016 1:34.75
Omaha Marian, 2003 1:35.03
Lincoln Southwest, 2018 1:35.42
Lincoln Southwest, 2015 1:35.49
Lincoln Southwest, 2014 1:35.73
Millard West, 2009 1:35.61
Omaha Marian, 2004 1:35.66
Millard West, 2003 1:35.87
Omaha Marian, 2017 1:36.04
Clara Walstad, Lincoln Southwest, 2017 54.67p
Isabella Pantano, Omaha Marian, 2018 55.40
Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, Omaha Westside, 2015 55.70p
Karen Criss, Omaha Marian, 2006 56.27
Elizabeth Richardson, Omaha Burke, 2018 56.35
Ali Petersen, Omaha North, 1998 56.88p
Brynn Robertson, Omaha Marian, 2015 56.90
Heather Welch, Millard South, 1991 56.94
Emma Walz, Fremont, 2019 56.95
Shelby Mullendore, Lincoln Southwest, 2016 56.98p
Olivia Calegan, Lincoln Southwest, 2017 1:01.65p
Dannie Dilsaver, Lincoln Southwest, 2016 1:02.24
Katie Stonehocker, Lincoln Pius X, 2018 1:02.43
Jessie Bailis, Millard North, 2003 1:02.86
Jocelyn Randby, Omaha Marian, 2018 1:03.21
Kaitlyn Witt, Lincoln Southwest, 2018 1:03.68
Afton Robertson, Omaha Marian, 2009 1:03.69
Olivia Dendinger, Papillion-LV/PLV South, 2019 1:04.23
Elizabeth Gregory, Papillion-La Vista, 2003 1:04.33
Heather Schwab, Lincoln East, 1998 1:04.37p
Shannon Guy, Millard West, 2010 1:04.37
Lincoln Southwest, 2016 3:25.16
Lincoln Southwest, 2018 3:27.82
Lincoln Southwest, 2015 3:28.10
Omaha Marian, 2004 3:28.81
Lincoln Southwest, 2017 3:29.40
Millard West, 2009 3:29.49
Omaha Marian, 2005 3:29.68
Omaha Duchesne, 2009 3:30.33
Millard West, 2011 3:30.95
Lincoln Southwest, 2019 3:31.44
Lincoln Southwest, 2017 496.5
Lincoln Southwest, 2016 455
Lincoln Southwest, 2018 417.5
Lincoln Southwest, 2015 356.5
Lincoln Southwest, 2014 330
p — Mark set in prelims. For diving, only scores from state championship are eligible. Only leadoff legs on 200 and 400 freestyle relays are eligible.
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After his days as a three-sport standout at McCook, Jeff Kinney came to Nebraska in 1968 to play quarterback. But two other QBs also joined the Huskers that season. So Kinney moved to flanker and eventually I-back, and that's where he flourished over the next three seasons.
Decorated college and high school football and wrestling star. High school teacher, coach and administrator. But Charles Bryant was foremost a pioneer. Bryant, an all-state athlete at Omaha South before graduating in 1950, became the first black football player of the modern era at Nebraska in 1952.
George Flippin was once described by Lincoln Star sports editor Cy Sherman as a "charged bull, into which was bred the tenacity of the bulldog, the ferocity of the tiger and the gameness of the man who knows no fear." He was Nebraska's first black athlete, in 1891, before black athletes were banned by the university from 1917 until the late 1940s.
Former Broken Bow cowboy Paul Tierney has won arguably the two most prestigious titles in rodeo. He finished his 10-year professional career by topping $1 million in career earnings, and his 2008 induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame makes him the most accomplished cowboy from Nebraska.
Shelby, Nebraska, is one of the flattest towns in one of the flattest states in America. The elevation difference between the highest and lowest points is 7 feet. It is literally a town without a hill, one of the last places you’d expect to produce an Olympic gold medalist in bobsled. But that didn't stop Tomasevicz.
Rhodes did it all. The Ansley native held three state high school track records at the same time (vault, long jump, high jump); was player-coach of Ansley’s first football team in 1920, which went undefeated that season; helped Ansley win a pair of state basketball titles; and played baseball. After graduating from high school in 1922, Rhodes went on to earn eight varsity letters at Nebraska — three in football and track, and two in baseball.
After a stellar three-sport high school career at Cambridge, Houghtelling surprised many by signing to play volleyball instead of basketball at NU.
Even though basketball had been her first love, she’s never regretted the decision.
Ruud is Nebraska’s all-time leading tackler with 432 stops. As a senior captain in 2004, he was a third-third All-American, a first-team All-Big 12 performer and NU’s defensive MVP. He was selected in the second round of the NFL draft. Ruud played eight NFL seasons, leading Tampa Bay in tackles for four of those.
Trotter starred at Omaha Creighton Prep, where he was a two-time all-state selection, and was Nebraska's first — and only — player named to the McDonald's High School All-American team.
Grand Island coach Doug Whitman once noted that swimmer Scott Usher was "one to watch." As it turned out, the entire country had the chance to watch Usher. Usher finished seventh in the 200 breaststroke in the 2004 Olympics and in 2008 fell just short of returning for a second Olympics.
Ron Kellogg is considered one of the best pure shooters in Nebraska prep history. The Omaha Northwest grad wasn't bad in college, either, according to then-Kansas coach Larry Brown.
Skinny 14-year-old Geddes left his father, eight brothers and eight sisters in Jacksonville, Florida, and arrived at Boys Town in 1962. Geddes had played football just once before arriving but took such a beating in a sandlot game against older players that he didn’t plan to play again. But Boys Town coach Skip Palrang spotted him and talked him into giving it a try. He eventually thrived and helped the Cowboys win a state title.
The 1978 Holdrege graduate turned down multiple scholarship offers from other schools, including a football and track package from Iowa State, to walk on with the Nebraska football team. The 150-pound walk-on became an integral part of the Husker offense. The three-year starter ranked in the top 10 in receptions and yards by the time he left in 1982.
While a career in the NBA never materialized for the Omaha Benson and Iowa graduate, Woolridge played overseas for 13 years. Leagues in Turkey, France, Germany, Venezuela, Israel and Cyprus. And the money was good. "To do what I loved professionally for 13 years, I can't complain about it," he said in 2013.
Louise Pound, in so many fields, was the trailblazer for women's athletics in the state. And this while becoming a preeminent educator in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln English department over a half-century. In 1890, Pound won the Lincoln city tennis championship. She captured the university's men's singles and doubles titles in 1891 and 1892 — the only female in school history to receive a men's varsity letter.
The best softball teams used to hail only from the West Coast. Keaton changed that. The former Papillion-La Vista and Nebraska star put Nebraska softball on the map with her dominating presence and performances in the pitcher's circle.
Once the last player to survive the cut on Nebraska's recruiting board, Noonan ultimately became a household Husker name. He earned first-team All-America honors and was named the Big Eight athlete of the year as a senior. His 12 sacks that season are tied for third in school history, and his 24 career sacks are tied for fourth.
John Parrella was Nebraska raised, the pride of Grand Island. NU defensive coordinator Charlie McBride once ranked him among the top three defensive tackles he had ever coached.
One press clipping described Hopp, a first baseman and outfielder, as "a dynamo who, perhaps more than anyone else, typifies the dashing, hell-for-leather play” of the St. Louis Cardinals. Hopp's 14-year career spanned five teams and as many World Series appearances, including back-to-back World Series victories with the Yankees. In all, he won four World Series and was an All-Star in 1946, when he hit .333 and drove in 48 runs for the Boston Braves.
Born in Holdrege in 1939 and raised near Axtell, Anderson began his quest at an early age and eventually built a makeshift shooting range as a high school senior at Axtell. After attending Nebraska for one year, Anderson joined the U.S. Army so he could pursue his Olympic dream.
Hare picked Nebraska from a slew of offers after starting for four years for Omaha Tech, where he averaged 26.4 points a game as a senior in 1963. Tech won the Class A title that year after going 22-2 and cruising through the state tournament by an average of 21 points a game. That team was voted into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame and recently was chosen as having one of the best starting fives in Nebraska high school sports history.
Osborne remains just one of two men to win The World-Herald’s high school (1955) and state college (1959) athlete of the year awards. In high school, Osborne was all-state in football and basketball in 1954-55 and helped Hastings win a state title on the hardwood. In track, he won the discus at the state meet and placed second in the 440-yard dash. The future coach and congressman also stood out on the baseball diamond and had a pro football career.
Hoppen turned down a Kentucky scholarship offer. He also said no to Notre Dame, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. And yes to Nebraska. Between 1982 and 1986, the 6-foot-11 center became NU’s all-time leading scorer, and he did it with clinical efficiency.
The only native Nebraskan to win a national wrestling championship at NU, Vering took his success to the international level, representing the U.S. in a pair of Olympics, claiming a world silver medal and winning gold at a Pan Am Games.
As a junior, Henry won golds for Bellevue West in the 200, 400 and long jump. Henry went on to set a national age-group record in the long jump and was part of the USA Junior World Team in 1995. At Nebraska, Henry won the NCAA indoor and outdoor long jump titles in 1996. All told, Henry was a three-time Big 12 champion and a 10-time All-American.
Kindig-Malone won gold medals at state in the long jump, hurdles and relays, but it wasn’t until she started getting scholarship offers from UCLA, Iowa and NU that she realized she might be good. Later, she won Big Eight heptathlon and pentathlon titles at Nebraska, becoming an All-American and helping the Huskers win their first indoor national championship in 1982. Kindig-Malone also won a Class C state basketball title with Hastings St. Cecilia in 1977.
Sauer and Bernie Masterson — No. 43 on the Nebraska 100 — paired together in the backfield to usher in one of the first great runs for Husker football. The two led Nebraska to Big Six championships in 1931, ’32 and ’33, when the Huskers went undefeated in league play. Sauer was an All-American in 1933 for the second-ranked Huskers. He also lettered in track, baseball and wrestling.
Cantwell, from Crete, won four straight Class B shot put and discus titles, including three consecutive all-class gold medals in the shot. She was a two-time NCAA shot put champion at SMU and was the 2002 U.S. indoor and outdoor champion as well as a 1999 world indoor bronze medalist. Cantwell also competed in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Orduna lettered at running back for the Huskers in 1967, ’68 and ’70, running for 1,968 yards and 26 touchdowns. The Omaha Central graduate also played three NFL seasons.
A two-way football player even during his professional career with Green Bay, Charles Brock helped revolutionize the linebacker position in the pros while helping the Packers win two NFL championships. The Columbus native was recalled as a fierce competitor by the late Lee Remmel, a team historian who covered the Packers for nearly 30 years.
Lindsey, a Millard North graduate, was a standout defender for Notre Dame, the U.S. national team and San Jose of the WUSA, in which she played three seasons.
The image of Cory Schlesinger barreling into the end zone for the winning touchdown in the 1995 Orange Bowl burns brightly in the memories of Nebraska football fans. Schlesinger did some barreling in his day, but prided himself on being a bruiser. That trait served him well, especially in his 12 years with the Detroit Lions.
Schmidt represented the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics in the 800. Four years later, she returned to run the 800 and 1,500. The Olympic appearances are accompanied by plenty of other honors: a 2006 U.S. indoor 800 championship; a pair of U.S. outdoor silvers in the 800 (2006, 2008); and while with the North Carolina Tar Heels, two outdoor 800 titles and a distance-medley relay championship.
Mann was a jack of all trades, but a master of all of them, too. “Les did everything well. He was tops at football, basketball, track and baseball. He would have been equally great in other sports,” said Mann’s close friend, Scott Dye, in a newspaper account following Mann’s 1962 death in a car accident.
Dan Brand’s path to an Olympic wrestling medal was anything but typical. He competed in football, basketball and track at Bellevue High, but never was all-conference. He made the Nebraska freshman team in basketball, but after being cut, he signed up for the intramural wrestling tournament. He won and went on to compete in the Olympics.
Vinciquerra played football at Tech High and Creighton University, but is better remembered for making the 1936 U.S. Olympic boxing team. A natural heavyweight, he won a national Golden Gloves championship that year as a 175-pounder. He had a pro record of 42 wins (26 by knockout), four losses and five draws from 1937 through 1941, fighting over 20 times in 1937.
The résumé almost seems too much to comprehend. Four-sport star at Lincoln High. Nebraska football great. Pittsburgh Pirates baseball signee. Four-time football All-Pro with the Green Bay Packers.
At Beatrice, Hohn was a four-time state hurdles champion, a state basketball champion and an all-state football player. As a senior in 1960, he was the Nebraska high school athlete of the year.
Lincoln High football went 23-1-1 during Debus' three seasons on the varsity squad. Debus also played basketball and was all-state in American Legion baseball. But his best sport was track and field, where at state he single-handedly nearly doubled the point total of the second-place team.
Skinner won two high school state golf titles, two junior state championships and the 1980 state match-play crown. She went to Oklahoma State, where she was a two-time Big Eight champion and was named Golf Magazine’s 1982 college player of the year. On the LPGA Tour, Skinner won events in 1985, ’86, ’87, ’93, ’94 and ’95 before leaving in 2003.
Woohead rushed for the second-most yards (7,962) in the history of college football in all divisions and won the Harlon Hill Trophy (Division II’s version of the Heisman) twice. He finished his NFL career with 2,238 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing, along with 2,698 yards and 17 touchdowns receiving.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle was a model of consistency. The three-time all-conference pick flattened plenty of defensive players, with an incredible one sack allowed in 46 career games with the Huskers. As a senior, he captained Tom Osborne's first national title team.
A 2009 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, the former Iowa and Omaha Central great was a two-time All-America linebacker, three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and an NFL draft pick. At Omaha Central, he was twice named to the All-Nebraska team.
At Nebraska, Cahoy — an Omaha South grad — earned four NCAA national championships — two on the horizontal bar and two on the parallel bars. He made the 1980 U.S. Olympic team.
As a senior in 1985, Rathman produced the best season ever by a Husker fullback. He ran for 881 yards, a position record by 164 yards. He went on to win two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers in a nine-year NFL career. In 1989, he led NFC running backs with 73 catches, and he capped the season with two touchdowns in a Super Bowl victory over Denver.
A left-hander with a nearly unstoppable fadeaway hook, Witte, a Lincoln High grad, became a three-time All-American (1932-34) at Wyoming. He was the first collegian to score more than 1,000 points in a career (1,069), earning him the nickname "One Grand Witte."
Losing was something Olson never dealt with at Omaha Northwest, going 27-0 with a 0.76 ERA, 276 strikeouts, seven no-hitters — including four in the state playoffs and one in the state championship game — and four state titles before playing at Auburn and being drafted fourth overall in the 1988 MLB draft.
Stecher won the world wrestling championship on July 5, 1915, in Omaha, beating Charlie Cutler in two falls at Rourke Park in front of 15,000 fans. Stecher wore a championship belt studded with 308 diamonds. He became a celebrity across Nebraska. In 1920, he reportedly earned a winner’s purse of $40,000 — four times what Babe Ruth earned the year before.
As a senior, Jones earned all-state honors in football as a halfback and then as a point guard, helping Boys Town win the Class A state basketball championship. But where he really excelled was track. He was the state champion in the mile run, became an All-American at Iowa and was a two-time Olympian.
The first woman from Nebraska to make the U.S. Olympic team, Frost competed in the discus at the 1968 Mexico City Games. In June 2015, at the age of 70, Frost set one world (javelin) and two American records (shot put, discus) for the 70-74 age group. She already owned two USA Track and Field age group records in the discus — 60-64 and 65-69.
A native of St. Paul, Nebraska, Randy Rasmussen was part of one of the great upsets in Super Bowl history when he blocked for Joe Namath in the 1969 win over Baltimore. He was selected in the 12th round of the draft by the Jets. He stayed for 15 seasons and 207 games, including 144 in a row.