Olympic Swim Trials: Husker swimmer Autumn Haebig advances to Wave II

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 8:20 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Nebraska senior Autumn Haebig had a very good start to the Olympic Swim Trials on Friday.

The Husker swimmer, who intends to return to Nebraska for a fifth year, is competing in three events at the Olympic Swim Trials with the hopes of advancing to the Tokyo Olympics.

But first, her main goal was to advance to the second wave of the event, which she accomplished Friday night in the 100m Backstroke.

Haebig won her preliminary heat earlier in the day, and took first again in the final later in the evening.

The best part for Haebig, the 100 Backstroke isn’t her best event.

She also qualified in the 400 Freestyle and the 200 Freestyle.

Haebig has the top-seeded time going into the 200 free.

It’s an event in which she won an individual Big Ten conference title for Nebraska this past season.

Haebig also competed in the 2016 Olympic Swim Trials.

She told WOWT’s Rex Smith that her experience from 2016 taught her a lot about swimming in a big arena.

Her lessons learned in 2016 are clearly helping her in 2021.

It also helps that she feels extremely comfortable.

Haebig is commuting from Lincoln, which allows her to sleep in her own apartment each night.

On top of that, she has family and her Corrnhusker teammates who purchased tickets all in the building cheering her on.

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