SAN DIEGO STATE 2010-11
Won all-Mountain West honors in four events at the conference championship meet ... At that meet set a school record in the 100 backstroke (53:58) ... Also had a new SDSU record in the 200 back (1:56.06) ... finished third and second in those events respectively ... Other all-conference accolades came as a member of a 400 medley relay team that set a school record (3:38.97) plus the 200 individual medley (2:02.08, 5th place) ... Was also on the 200 medley relay squad that set a new school record (1:40.39) ... Named Mountain West Swimmer of the Week on Sept. 28 after winning the individual title at the pentathlon meet vs. University of San Diego ... Set an Aztec Aquaplex record in the 400 IM with a time of 4:25.98 in the dual vs. Oregon State ... Recorded the pool record in the 100 back at that same meet with a mark of 54.98 ... That time was also fifth-best in school history ... Her time of 2:00.96 in the 200 back in the meet against Brigham Young was also a pool record ... In addition, was on 200 and 400 medley relay teams that established pool records during the season ... Finished first in the 100 butterfly in the four meets in which she competed in that race ... Was first in the 100 back in all eight of her dual meets and won the 200 back in the four duals in which she swam that race as well.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2009-10
Set SDSU records in the 100 back (54.22), 200 back (1:57.20), 100 fly (55.12) and 200 IM (1:58.89) in her first season of collegiate competition as an Aztec ... Was a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that set school records ... Also had the seventh-fastest time (23.87) in SDSU history in the 50 free ... Recorded a total of 17 individual first-place finishes during the season in the following events: 100 back (6), 200 back (5), 200 IM (3), 100 free (1), 200 free (1) and 200 fly (1) ... At the 24-team Toshiba Classic (Nov. 19-21) in Long Beach, a meet featuring 24 teams, she finished second of 102 competitor in the 200 back and third of 129 swimmers in the 100 back ... Named the MWC Swimmer of The Week on Nov. 24 after those two finishes plus a sixth in the 200 IM and swimming on relay teams that finished no lower than sixth at the Toshiba Classic ... Won the 200 IM at the conference championship meet and finished second in both the 100 and 200 backstroke to earn all-Mountain West Conference honors in those events ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships and swam in those three races to become one of the first two SDSU swimmers (along with teammate Katelyn Weddle) to ever compete at the NCAA meet ... Holds the Aztec Aquaplex records the 100 and 200 back plus the 200 IM and was a member of the 200 free and 200 medley squads that also set records for the facility in 2009-10 ... Competed in the 400 medley relay at the U.S. Nationals in Irvine, Calif., in August 2010.
Attended Mount Ranier High School in Seattle, Wash. ... Was coached there by Omar Crowder ... A prep standout who finished seventh in the semifinals of the 100 backstroke at the Olympic trials in 2008 ... Also an Olympic trial qualifier in the 200 back and 560 free ... Earned high school All-American after breaking state prep records in both the 50 free (22.92) and 100 back (53.66) as a senior at the state 3A championship meet ... Honor roll student ... Competed for the King Aquatic Club in Seattle for Coach Sean Hutchison, who was recently appointed head coach of the U.S. Women's World Championship Team and was also a coach for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.
Leona Sofia Jennings was born Sept. 12, 1990, in Kent, Wash. ... Daughter of Greg and JoAnne Jennings ... Sister, Emilee, is a junior on the Aztec swim team ... Ranked as the No. 35 recruit in the nation this year by CollegeSwimming.com ... Majoring in health and nutrition at San Diego State.