Husker Update: Soccer Hosting Oklahoma & Gonzaga, Olympic Swim Trials Coming to Omaha

Soccer

The Nebraska soccer team returns home to host Oklahoma and Gonzaga at Hibner Stadium this weekend as the final non-conference matches before Big Ten play begins.

Friday night’s tilt between former conference foes Nebraska and Oklahoma (4-1-1) is set for 7:05 p.m. (CT) as part of American Outlaws Night, which honors the fan base of the U.S. National Soccer Teams. The first 500 fans into the game will receive a free roller banner. In addition, the halftime entertainment is the KC Disc Dogs.

Sunday is “Pepsi Pack the House” at Hibner Stadium, featuring $1 admission to the match between the Huskers and Bulldogs (4-2). The first 500 fans will receive a Pepsi 12-pack voucher. In addition, it’s Family Funday, which includes face painting, balloon twisting stations and inflatables for families to enjoy.

Swim/Dive

The state of Nebraska will play host to the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at the CHI Health Center, formally known as the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha for the fourth consecutive time in 2020. The event, which has become a showcase event with sellout crowds of approximately 14,000 for each day of the trials, has given Nebraska a chance to showcase its love and support for swimming.

Sophomore Audrey Coffey¬†secured her ticket to Omaha for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials as she raced to victory in the 1500-meter free. The Illinois native’s 16:48.76 time broke the current school record. A strong distance swimmer, Coffey swam to a top-24 placing in the 1650 free at the 2019 Big Ten Championships during her freshman campaign.

Junior and three-time NCAA Championship Qualifier Autumn Haebig¬†is set to compete in the Trials. The Wisconsin native qualified in the 100 back, 200 and 400 free. Throughout Haebig’s two seasons at Nebraska, she accumulated 28 top-five finishes, including 14 victories. Haebig is the current Nebraska record holder in the 400-meter free (4:14.96) and in the 100-meter back (1:01.91).

The CenturyLink Center has served as a home away from home for Husker athletics the past several years. In 2015, the Nebraska volleyball team captured its fourth NCAA title and its second in Omaha. The 2006 Huskers claimed Nebraska’s third NCAA volleyball title in Omaha as well. The CenturyLink Center also played host to the 2012 NCAA Volleyball Championships. Nebraska also hosted the Big 12 Wrestling Championships at the CenturyLink Center and the men’s basketball team played there in a game against Oregon in 2007.

 

 

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