Northwestern pulls to within seven points late courtesy of a dominant 500 freestyle
2013-14: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar...Academic All-Big Ten... Earned Kathie Wickstrand Spirit Award by team...Northwestern's NCAA Sportsmanship nominee...Ranked in six of NU's top times, three individual and three relay teams...Posted NU's best time of the season in 200 free with 1:49.62 time at Big Tens (2/20)...Posted No. 2 `Cats time in 100 free (51.19) set at Big Tens...Finished No. 4 on team in 50 free with time of 23.65 at Big Tens...Ranked on NU's top 200 free, 400 free and 800 free relay teams...Reached bonus final of 200 free at Big Tens (2/21), finished No. 22 in finals after moving up from No. 30 finish in prelims...Swam in 50 free, finishing No. 51 (23.65) and finished No. 47 in 100 free...Began year with first place finish in 200 free vs. Illinois/Eastern Michigan (10/18) in 200 free and finished No. 2 in 100 free...Won 200 free vs. WKU (10/25)...Finished first in 200 free at TYR finals (11/23)...Reached finals of TYR invite in 50 free, 200 free and 100 free...Swam in 50 free and 200 free at Shamrock Invite, finishing No. 5 in 200 free.
2012-13: Versatile member of Northwestern's freestyle stroke group who competed in NU's season-opening dual meet win against Illinois before missing the remainder of the fall with an injury ... Won the 100 free and placed second in the 200 free against the Illini ... Instrumental, along with teammate Megan Goss, in organizing the incredibly successful inaugural "Breaststroke4BreastCancer" event in October that raised five digits of money for local cancer research ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Returned after winter break to compete in all three of NU's remaining dual meets on the year, earning third place in the 100 free and 200 free on Northwestern's top times list for the season ... Swam with all three of NU's top free relays on the year, breaking the school record in the 200 free with an NCAA `B' consideration time swim of 1:30.55 at the Big Ten Championships ... Finished fourth overall in both the 100 free and 200 free in a double-dual versus ranked Notre Dame and Michigan (1/12) ... Scored dual points a total of six times during the season ... At the Big Ten Championships, swam season-best times in all three of her individual events to place 38th in the 200 free, 48th in the 100 free and 49th in the 50 free.
2011-12: One of Northwestern's top freestyle swimmers, ranked on NU's top times list in every event from the 50 to the 1,000 ... Was first in the 200 free and 500 free, second in the 100 free and fourth in the 50 free and 1,000 free ... Swam with Northwestern's top free relays, earning NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times with all three at the Big Ten Championships ... The 200 free relay ranks fourth on NU's all-time top times list in the event while the 400 and 800 free relays both rank sixth ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Earned bonus final berths at the Big Ten meet in the 100 free and 200 free, ending up 19th in the 200 and 20th in the 100 ... Swam a career-best 4:49.56 in the 500 free to finish 28th at the Big Ten Championships ... That time places her 10th on NU's all-time top times list in the race ... Had 12 total top-three dual meet finishes on the season, including wins in the 100 free at Illinois (10/21), the 200 free on NU's training trip (12/17) and against Michigan and Iowa (1/14), and in the 500 free versus UIC and North Dakota (11/12) ... Won both the 100 free and 200 free events at NU's own eight-team TYR Invitational ... Won the TYR Invite consolation final of the 500 free and took 10th in the 50 free.
2010-11: One of Northwestern's top swimmers as a freshman, ranked on NU's top times list in seven different individual events ... Was first for NU in the 100 free and 200 free during the season while also ranking second in the 500 free, third in the 50 free, fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in both backstroke distances ... CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention ... Recorded season-best times in four different events at the Big Ten Championships ... Swam season-best and NCAA `B' cut times of 50.06 in her 100 free preliminary heat and 1:46.96 in her 200 free preliminary swim before ultimately scoring a point in both events with 16th-place overall finishes ... She ranks fourth in the 200 free and fifth in the 100 free on NU's all-time top times list ... Took 19th overall in the 500 free with a season-best 4:49.68, which places her 10th on NU's all-time top times list in that event ... Also earned a season-best 50 free time with her 23.26 leadoff leg on the 200 free relay at the conference meet ... Led off all three of NU's freestyle relays at the Big Ten Championships, picking up NCAA `B' times with each squad ... The 800 free relay ranks third in school history while the 200 free relay is sixth ... Swam an NCAA `B' provisional qualifying standard of 1:48.52 to win the 200 free at NU's six-team TYR Invitational (11/19-11/21) ... Also won the 100 free at the TYR with a season-best time of 50.52 for NU ... Added third-place finishes in the 50 free and 200 IM to her two first-place sprint free efforts at the TYR ... Was second in the 500 free, third in the 200 free and fourth in the 50 free at the five-team Shamrock Invitational (01/28-01/29) ... Won both the 100 free and 200 free in a dual at Iowa (01/22) ... Had five total dual-meet event wins and 17 total top-three dual-meet finishes in the regular season.
High School: Ranked as the No. 1 overall recruit in the state of Wisconsin and the 70th overall in the nation by Collegeswimming.com... Two-time individual state champion in the 200 free and 100 back ... Also a state champ in the 400 freestyle relay ... Holds school records in the 200 medley relay, 100 free, 200 free, 100 back, 500 free and 400 free relay ... Multiple-time all-America and Madison All-Area team selections ... Three-time team MVP ... James Madison Memorial has won four conference dual-meet titles, four conference championships, three sectional titles and has one state runner-up finish during Powell's career ... Has swum 11 years with the Badger Aquatics Club ... National age group record holder in the 200 free relay ... Played competitive club soccer until high school, winning a club state championship ... Member of the High Honor Roll, National Honors Society and Spanish Honors Society ... AP Scholar.
Personal: Born Jacqueline Maureen Powell ... Daughter of Maureen and Don Powell ... Brother, Nick, plays soccer at Butler ... Competed alongside Northwestern classmate Becca Soderholm at Badger Aquatics ... Chose Northwestern over Harvard, Notre Dame and Wisconsin ... Major is Social Policy with a minor in Global Health Studies.