April 21, 2011
By Todd Mounce, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Lady Vol junior swimmer Jenny Connolly has been named to Team USA for the 2011 World University Games and will compete in the 100m backstroke at the meet taking place from Aug. 14-19 in Shenzhen, China.
Connolly will be the third Lady Vol to compete at the WUG since 2009, as the games are held every other year.
"I'm so excited to go to World University Games," Connolly said. "It's going to be a great opportunity to be able to race some of the greatest swimmers in the world. It's such an amazing honor to be able to not only represent Tennessee but also the USA."
Connolly garnered four First Team All-America accolades at the NCAA Championships held in Austin, Texas in March, bringing her total up to eight, which ties for the third most in Lady Vol history.
The West Lafayette, Ind., native put her talents on display in a big way at the Southeastern Conference Championships in 2011, winning three gold medals on day three of the conference meet. Connolly individually won the 100y back and fly titles and swam the lead leg of the 400y medley relay squad that set a new conference and UT record time of 3:30.90.
At the 2009 World University Games held in Belgrade, Serbia, former Lady Vol Michele King earned a gold medal in the 400m free relay and a bronze in the 50m free for Team USA. Graduating senior Martina Moravcikova, who was competing for the Czech Republic, swam in the 100m and 200m breast events.
Lady Vol Head Coach Matt Kredich was named a member of the USA coaching staff at the WUG two years ago. This year the women will be coached by Eric Hansen (Arizona) along with his assistants in Carol Capitani (Georgia), Rick DeMont (Arizona) and John Hargis (Penn State).
The length of races will be a slightly different for Connolly as U.S. colleges race in short course yards, while international competitions race long course meters. However, Connolly is no stranger to long course races as she competed at the ConocoPhillips USA National Championships the past two seasons, the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2008 and the Japan International Grand Prix in 2007.
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