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Jessell Owens
Jessell Owens

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Winnemucca, Nev.

High School:
Lowry HS

Height:
5-7

Event:
IM

Experience:
4V

SENIOR/2010-11: Pepperdine Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Graduated in the top-10 of her class with a degree in sports medicine ... PCSC All-Academic honoree ... Scored points at the PCSC Championships with a 23rd place finish in the 200 backstroke and an 11th place finish in the 800 freestyle relay ... Swam a personal-best 50 backstroke split of 33.48 at the league championships ... Posted the Waves third-fastest time in the 200 freestyle this season, with a relay split of 2:15.02 at the PCSC Championships.

JUNIOR/2009-10: Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... PCSC All-Academic honoree ... Posted the Waves' third best season time in the 200 butterfly, clocking a mark of 2:25.60 at the Toshiba Classic ... Recorded a personal best in the 50 back (33.84) ... Competed with Pepperdine's 400 freestyle and 200 medley relays.

SOPHOMORE/2008-09: Competed at the PCSC Championships in the 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly and the 400 individual medley ... Highest individual finish was third place, which she earned twice at the PCSC Time Trials in the 200 fly and 400 IM.

FRESHMAN/2007-08: Placed ninth in the 200 fly at both the UCI Shootout and the CSUN dual ... Set personal bests in the 50 free (27.86), 100 free (59.51), 100 fly (1:04.27), 200 fly (2:17.76) and 200 back (2:18.30).

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Graduated as the valedictorian in 2007 from Lowry High School ... A four-year letterwinner ... A three-time all-state selection ... Selected to the all-state team twice in the 200 IM and once in the 400 freestyle relay ... A four-year letterwinner for the state champion cross country team ... Swam club for the Winnemucca Whitewater Swim Team.

PERSONAL: Born in Winnemucca, Nev. ... Daughter of Mike and DeAnna Owens ... Has two brothers, Ryan and Shawn ... Majoring in sports medicine ... Chose Pepperdine because "I loved the campus and the people and everything just felt perfect about it."

FAVORITES: Picabo Street (sports hero) ... Tiger Woods (pro athlete) ... San Francisco Giants (pro sports team) ... The Secret Life of Bees (book) ... Scrubs (TV show) ... Hobbies include snowboarding, skiing, art and traveling.

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