Jacque  Fessel

Jacque Fessel


Cincinnati, Ohio

High School:
St. Ursula Academy


Butterfly, Backstroke


Gamble-Nippert YMCA (Coach: Brad Baldwin)


"We're obviously looking for great things from Jacque this year. Over the course of her career here, she has shown herself to be a tremendously tough competitor at every level. She has her sights set very high this year, as she should, and her leadership in and out of the water will be critical to our goals of competing with the best in the SEC and in the nation."


100y backstroke:53.97
200y backstroke:1:55.53
100y butterfly:53.69
200y IM:2:07.88


2004-05: Achieved All-America status for the third straight campaign...Swam lead-off leg off 400y medley relay squad in school-record time, 53.97, to help UT claim 15th in the event...Member of 800y free relay that touched for 11th en route to shattering the program mark in the event...Punched ticket to the national meet with an automatic qualifying mark and then school-record time of 53.98 in 100y backstroke at the Southeastern Conference Championships...Earned all-SEC status with third-place showing in the event... Member of the record-setting 200y and 400y medley relay squads at the SEC Championships...Swam the first leg on both relays, helping the 400y medley relay to a fifth-place showing...Advanced to consolation final in the 200y backstroke and 100y butterfly at SECs, taking second in the 200y back and first in the 100y fly...Also was on the 800y freestyle relay squad which posted the fifth-best time in school history to claim fifth place...Took second place in the 200y backstroke against No. 3 Florida, breaking the two-minute barrier for the first time in her career during the regular season...Overall earned 12 top-five showings, including six individual crowns during the regular season...Two crowns came against Richmond in UT's season-opening win in which Fessel swept the 100 and 200y back....Was a member of 10 winning relay squads.

2003-04: Finished in 13th place in the 200m backstroke and in 16th place in the 100m backstroke at the NCAA Championships to claim her second and third NCAA All-America certificates...Narrowly missed out on another certificate, as she finished in 17th place in the 100m butterfly prelims...Had a dominating performance at the SEC Championships, helping the Big Orange secure a fourth-place finish...Earned a pair of third and fourth-place finishes and one fifth-place showing...Shattered the school record in the 200y backstroke in the prelims of the SEC Championships with a time of 1:55.53...Final clocking topped former Lady Vol All-American Pam Hanson's time of 1:57.00, set at the 2001 NCAA Championships...Also assaulted record books in the 100y backstroke at the Championships, besting her own mark in the event with a time of 54.03...Member of three relay squads which took aim at program marks at the conference championships as well...In the 200y medley relay, Fessel swam the lead off leg for the squad which became the fastest-ever in the UT history...Also swam the first leg in the record-setting 200y medley relay team, which blazed to a time of 1:41.08...The Ohio native also etched her name into program history as she swam the third leg of the 200y freestyle relay at the Championships, helping it become the third-fastest squad ever in Big Orange history...Won 13 individual titles on the year...Of those victories, six came in dual-meets, including two in both Arkansas and Ohio State, both Lady Vol victories...Also was a member of eight relay squads which crossed the finish line first.

2002-03: Clocked a time of 54.19 in the 100y backstroke prelims at NCAAs to break her own school record in the event before posting a reading of 55.01 in the finals and earning her first All-America honor...Registered sixth-place finishes in both the 100y and 200y backstroke at her initial SEC Championships meet...Earned a trip to NCAAs by clocking an automatic-qualifying time of 54.73 in the 100y back prelims at SECs to break four-time All-American Pam Hanson's school record in the event...Time of 1:57.71 in the 200y back at SECs ranks her second in UT history and is the fourth-fastest time ever clocked by a Lady Vol in the event...Claimed victory against a strong field in the 200y back at the Indiana Invitational with a time of 2:00.92...Also placed second in the 100y back in the Hoosier State...Compiled five dual meet wins in the 200y back during the season, including triumphs against Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina, Penn State and Northwestern...Turned in a then collegiate best at the Bulldog Invitational of 55.79 in the 100y fly to rank eighth in school history for the event...Helped Tennessee's 200y medley relay team break a school record that had stood since 1989 by posting a time of 1:42.96 en route to placing sixth at SECs...Swam on UT's 400y medley relay team that marked a season-best time of 3:47.32 and also placed sixth at SECs...Earned spot on Lady Vol Honor Roll for academic achievement as well as recognition by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America as an Academic All-American.


HIGH SCHOOL: Named a high school All-American each of her four prep years...Earned four varsity letters in swimming, serving as team captain her senior year...Received first-team all-league honors as a sophomore, junior and senior...Greater Cincinnati League champion in the 100y back as a senior and placed fifth or better in the event all four high school years...Team placed second at the state meet during her junior year...Member of the National Honors Society and Spanish club.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: Qualified for and competed in the U.S. Olympic Swimming and Diving Trials in the 100m backstroke in Summer 2004...Won national championships in the 100y back at the YMCA National Meet in 2000 and 2001...Also claimed a total of five national titles as a member of 200y and 400y relay teams at the YMCA meet.

PERSONAL: Pursuing a degree in journalism and electronic media communication studies...Has a number of athletes in her family, including cousins Matt Hasselbeck, a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks; Tim Hasselbeck, who played quarterback at Boston College; and Nathanael Hasselbeck, a current wide receiver at UMass...Also enjoys volleyball, basketball, sailing and diving in her spare time...Aspires to become NCAA champion in the 100 back...Favorite food is her dad's shrimp pasta...Favorite car is a black Cadillac Escalade...Favorite movie is Gladiator...Daughter of Thomas and Vernice Fessel...Has two brothers, Christopher, 22; who plays offensive line at Miami University, and Jonathan, 18; and one sister, Angela, 11...Born Jacqueline Anne Fessel on Sept. 5, 1984, in Cincinnati, Ohio.



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