The Gators women’s swimming season officially came to a close near the end of March but Olympic hopeful Jessica Thielmann remains hard at work. The Gators senior phenom hails from Newcastle, England and looks to represent her country in 2016 at the summer games in Rio de Janeiro.
The right to participate in the Olympics is highly esteemed and something Thielmann has been working towards for quite some time. Jessica, nicknamed by her friends as Jess, has been relentlessly preparing for the pinnacle of swimming. Most collegiate athletes spend their post-season resting and recuperating, but for Jess rigorous Olympic training continued as soon as the Gator season ended.
Thielmann has left to the 2016 British Swimming Championships which are taking place in the UK from April 12 to April 17. Swimmers will go head-to-head to punch their ticket to the Olympic games. The event will be held at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow. She has been awaiting the opportunity for quite sometime.
Into single digits until I’m back in the UK happyyyyy Monday
— Jess Thielmann (@JJThiel) March 28, 2016
No stranger to the bright lights, Jess has attained a plethora of accolades and awards over the years. Most recently, being named a six-time All-American, 2015 first team All-SEC and was the 2015 SEC champion for the 1,650 freestyle. Not only do her accomplishments in the pool speak for themselves, she is also a scholar in the classroom having been on both the 2014 and 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll Selection.
The Gator senior swimmer might have recently completed her collegiate career but the highest honor in sports, representing her nation, is still up for grabs. The dominant distance and IM swimmer looks to make the most of the opportunity.
A wide array of talent will compete at Tollcross International Swimming Centre beginning on April 12.