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Jessi Wigham, a Winter U.S. Open Qualifier and 2023 highschool graduate, has introduced her determination to proceed her educational and athletic careers on the College of South Carolina. Wigham is from Urbandale, Iowa, and is a two-time Iowa Excessive College State Champion. She is about to hitch the Gamecocks for the 2023-2024 season.
I’m very excited and humbled to announce my verbal dedication to proceed my educational and athletic profession on the College of South Carolina within the fall of 2023! I want to thank all my coaches and household for his or her encouragement and assist over time. As well as, an enormous thanks to the South Carolina teaching workers for giving me this wonderful alternative. I’m past grateful and excited to be part of such a tremendous workforce! Go Gamecocks! #spursup
Wigham at the moment attends Waukee Senior Excessive College, the place she is about to enter her senior yr. Exterior of highschool season, she trains with the DSMY Marlins out of Des Moines. Wigham is primarily a freestyler, excelling in any respect distances and significantly specializing within the 500. She holds a 2022 Winter U.S. Open qualifying time within the 500, and Winter Juniors qualifying occasions within the 200 and 1000.
Greatest Instances SCY:
- 100 free- 51.47
- 200 free- 1:48.14
- 500 free- 4:47.43
- 1000 free- 9:57.40
- 1650 free- 17:23.28
Wigham has certified for and competed within the IGHSAU Women State Championships for all three years of highschool thus far. On the 2021 Championships, she grew to become the State Champion in each the 200 and 500 yard freestyles. Within the 200, she completed with a time of 1:50.12, slightly below 2 seconds slower than her private greatest, which is from the 2020 Championships. Within the 500, she posted a 4:56.64, about 10 seconds off her private greatest which can also be from the 2020 Championships. In 2020, she completed second in each occasions to Aurora Roghair, who now swims for Stanford.
In December, she competed on the Speedo Winter Junior Championships West, the place she swam the 100 free, 200 free, and 500 free. Her highest end was 5nd, which got here within the 200 free. She posted a time of 1:51.30, about three seconds off her private greatest. Within the 100 free, she swam to a 71st place end with a 51.61, a season greatest and solely .14 off her all-time greatest.
The College of South Carolina is positioned in Columbia, South Carolina and is a member of the SEC Convention. On the 2022 Championships, the Ladies’s workforce completed in tenth out of 12 groups. Head coach Jeff Poppell is getting into his second season on the head of the Gamecocks in 2022, after spending three years as the top ladies’s swim and dive coach on the College of Florida.
With a yr of highschool left and loads of alternatives to proceed enhancing, Wigham already owns SEC Convention-scoring occasions. On the 2022 Championships, her greatest time would have put her 14th total within the 500, coming in as the highest finisher for South Carolina.
Wigham shouldn’t be the lone recruit who has already despatched their verbal to the Gamecocks for 2023-2024. The category of 2027 reveals nice promise for the way forward for South Carolina swimming, with loads of convention scoring potential among the many new recruits, which embrace Ellery Ottem, Caroline Chasser, and Madelyn Yates to call a couple of.
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