“We are thrilled for Jenny, her family, and her coach,” Lady Vol head coach Matt Kredich said. “The record speaks for itself, but it’s a tribute to all of her hard work and her great attitude. We can’t wait to have her join the Lady Vol family.”
Before this weekend, the state record in the 100y back was 55.24, a mark Connolly bested in both the prelims and finals. In the prelims, she broke the national public high school record by touching the wall first in 53.53, erasing the 53.68 mark Misty Hyman set for Shadow Mountain in Arizona on Nov. 9, 1996. Her time of 54.00 in the finals earned the All-American the state title in the 100y back for the third year in a row.
Connolly won the 100y fly, for the second consecutive year, in 53.91. She reset the state record twice, with her first-place 54.14 readout in the prelims on Friday night, and with her performance this afternoon. Her 53.91 time is nearly three-quarters of a second quicker than the previous state record.
She also swam the first leg of Harrison’s 200y medley relay team which finished 14th in the preliminaries.
Connolly joined current Lady Vol senior Christine Magnuson on the U.S. Team which competed at the 2007 Japan International Grand Prix in August. She placed eighth in the 100m back with a time of 1:01.87.
In addition to her international experience, Connolly has been competing on a national level for several years. In 2005, a then-15-year-old Connolly placed fourth in the 100m backstroke at Junior Nationals and 13th at the U.S. Open. The next year, she was the Junior National champion in the 100y back and took 21st in the event at Senior Nationals. In the summer of 2007, Connolly brought home the bronze medal in the 100m back at the ConocoPhillips National Championship meet.