Johansson Named B1G Freshman Of The Year

Nebraska thrower Axelina Johansson was named the Big Ten Women’s Outdoor Freshman of the Year on Thursday in a vote by the league’s head coaches.  Johansson finished third in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn the bronze medal along with USTFCCCA First-Team All-America honors. She was the top freshman nationally in any of the NCAA field events. Johansson was the Big Ten runner-up in the shot put with the No. 3 throw in NU outdoor history, 60-4 (18.39m). She was only beaten by Ohio State senior Adelaide Aquilla, who went on to break the collegiate shot put record in winning the NCAA gold medal. A Hok, Sweden native, Johansson was a two-time All-American in her freshman season at Nebraska. She finished 11th at the NCAA Indoor Championships and finished third at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.