Women's Swimming

Jessica Aveyard
Jessica Aveyard


Shamong, NJ

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2001-02 - Competed in the 200m back at the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, July 22-29, advancing to the semifinals.

2000-01 - Earned a spot on the United States World Championships team after placing third in the 200 back at the Spring National Championships ... Also competed in the 200 free at the Spring Nationals, placing 31st ... Competed at the NCAA Championships, placing sixth in the 200 back to earn All-America honors for the second-consecutive year ... Swam a 1:55.62 in the prelims of the 200 back at the NCAA?s, breaking her own school record and giving her the fastest qualifying time into the finals ... Placed 35th in the 200 free at the NCAA Championships and qualified to compete in the 500 free but dropped the event to concentrate on her other races ... Named the Illinois Swimming Association Swimmer of the Year for the university women?s division ... Holds the state record in the 200 back in the university division ... Her 1:55.62 200 back at the NCAA?s was the fourth-fastest time in the 200 back in Big Ten history ... Swam team?s best time of the year in the 200 free (1:49.69), 500 free (4:53.58) and 200 back (1:55.62) ... Named Big Ten Co-Swimmer of the Week (12/4) after winning the 200 back, placing second in the 100 back and 500 free and posting a third-place finish in the 200 free at the Miami Invite ... Won the 200 back at the Wolverine Invitational in a time of 2:01.06 ... Also a member of top 800 free relay of the season ... Ranks among Illinois? Top 10 all-time performances in the 200 free, 500 free, 1,000 free, 1,650 free, 100 back and 200 back.

1999-00 - Became the first Illini ever to earn All-America honors by finishing sixth in the 200 back at the NCAA Championships ... Was the first swimmer in Illinois history to break the two-minute mark in the 200 back (1:57.67) ... Qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 200 back ... Finished 13th overall at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 back ... Named Dike Eddleman University of Illinois Female Athlete of the Year ... Also qualified to swim the 200 free at the NCAA Championships ... Swam the ninth-fastest 100 back in school history (58.14) at the Big Ten Championships.

1998-99 - Placed second in the 200 back at the United States Northeast Junior National Championships over the summer ... Honored as the team?s Most Improved Swimmer ... Moved into second on the Illini?s all-time top 10 in the 200 back (2:02.85) ... Finished seventh in the 1650 finals (16:57.48), 12th in the 500 free consolation finals (4:56.80) and 14th in the 200 back (2:03.73) at the Big Ten Championships ... Took first in the mixed 1650 free (17:40.12) at the Dual Meet Extravaganza.

High School - High School did not have a swim program ... Spent freshman and sophomore years at Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Colo., where she earned two varsity letters and was on the school?s state teams ... Earned a top eight award in the 200 free her sophomore year ... Member of National Honor Society.

Personal - Parents are Robert and Jean Aveyard ... Majoring in food industry and business ... Lists her sister as her favorite athlete.