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    Jessica Blevins     
     
      Jessica Blevins
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bluefield, W.Va.

High School:
Bluefield H.S.

Height:
5-9

Event:
Sprint Freestyle

Birthdate:
03/12/1983

Club:
University of Charleston Swim Team (Coach: Greg Olson)

COLELLA ON BLEVINS

"It has been a pleasure to watch Jessica grow as an individual and as an athlete over the last three years. As a result she has demonstrated to the team her level of commitment and as a result has been named one of three athletes as captain this year. It is this exact growth that also will transfer over to the pool. I definitely expect to see Jessica have the best season of her career."

BELVINS' CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

AT TENNESSEE:

COLLEGIATE BEST TIMES
50y freestyle:24.30
100y freestyle:52.85
100y backstroke:59.28
200y freestyle:1:59.38
200y backstroke:2:12.96
2003-04: A member of three relay squads which posted runner-up finishes...Turned in crucial second-place finish in narrow dual-meet victory over Ohio State in the 50y freestyle...Second-place showing was Blevin's season best...Earned four top-five finishes on the year, including a pair of fourth-place results...Competed in three individual events in the SEC Championships...Narrowly missed out on establishing a collegiate best time in the 50y freestyle at the Championships, as she clocked a time of 24.57...Posted season-best times in the 100yfree (53.19)and the 100y back (1:00.59) at the conference championships.

2002-03: Remained an integral part of the 200y and 400y freestyle relay teams throughout her sophomore season on Rocky Top...Helped capture the 200y freestyle relay title against Georgia as the lead leg of a 1:38.03 effort...Rewrote her personal ledger at the SEC Championships...Clocked a personal-best 24.30 in the 50y free as well as turned in a career performance in the 100y back with a 59.28 at the league meet...Closed out SECs with another watershed mark in the 100y free with a 52.85...Finished with a season-high third place in the 50y free at the Kentucky meet with a 24.98...

2001-02: Consistently played a key role on Tennessee's 200y and 400y medley and 200y and 400y freestyle relay teams during her first season...Competed in three individual events and three relays at the SEC Championships...Swam the lead leg on Tennessee's 200y medley relay team that placed sixth at SECs...Recorded season-best times in the 100y free (53.51) and 100y back (59.79) at the SEC Championships...Posted a 24.37 in the 50y free at the Bulldog Invitational...Marked her career-fastest 200y back time in a meet against Auburn and Northwestern with a 2:12.96.

BLEVINS' PERSONAL FILE

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered for four years on the swimming, soccer and tennis teams at Bluefield High School...Named an All-American in the 50y freestyle in 2001...Won state championships in the 200y freestyle relay in 1998, 1999 and 2000...Team was the state runner-up in 1999...Named all-region and all-state during all four years of high school...Captured three consecutive state crowns in the 50y freestyle...Added 200y free title in 1998 and 100y free in 2001...Also served as student body president and was the yearbook editor and graphic design editor of the school newspaper...Member of the National Honor Society.

PERSONAL: Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...Born Jessica M. Blevins on March 12, 1983, in Bluefield, W.Va...Daughter of Charles and Betty Blevins...Greatest swimming thrill was winning the 50y free at her high school state meet three years in a row...Person she admires is the late former President John F. Kennedy...Favorite spot on campus is Neyland Stadium...Favorite food is hamburgers...Favorite car is a jeep...Favorite movie is Billy Madison.

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"How exciting it is to be part of a team with elite athletes who strive for such high levels of success. The enthusiasm to excel here is incomparable."

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