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     Jessica Darud
    Jessica Darud

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Chaska, Minn.

    High School:
    Chaska

    Event:
    Backstroke/IM


    2006-07: UIC's top performer in the 200-backstroke...took fifth at the Horizon League Championships in the 200-backstroke with a season-low time of 2:08.51...placed seventh in the 100-backstroke at the league championship meet with a season-best time of 1:00.08...notched a pair of top finishes during the season in the 200-back - at Butler and home versus Youngstown State - while winning the 100-back in the season-opening meet versus Eastern Illinois.

    2005-06: Took fourth in the 200 back finals at the Horizon League Championships with a time of 2:06.24...finished fourth in the 100 back finals at the league meet with a time of 58.91...Swam a 2:10.71 in the 200 IM finals at the league meet...part of school record-setting 400 medley relay squad that finished the race in 3:59.53 at the league finals...won the 200 IM in 2:15.39 and swam a first-place 1:01.12 in the 100 back against Butler...posted a winning time of 1:00.49 in the 100 back against Valparaiso...placed second in the 100 back (1:01.89) and third in the 200 IM (2:18.76) against Eastern Illinois...swam a 2:13.02 in the 200 back to take second against Saint Louis and Western Illinois...took second in the 100 back with a 1:00.34 against Ball State and Illinois State...swam a 2:16.76 in the 200 IM and a 2:12.94 in the 200 back against UW-Green Bay...turned in a third-place 1:00.70 in the 100 back and a fourth-place 2:14.23 in the 200 IM at the Bill Ritter Invitational...placed third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:17.12 against Cleveland State and Youngstown State...swam a 2:13.64 in the 200 back against the Vikings and Penguins.

    2004-05: All-Horizon League Second Team honoree following a second-place finish in the 200 backstroke at the Horizon League Championships...placed second by way of a time of 2:05.33, a new career-best and the team's top time in the event for the season...also established team's top 100 backstroke time of the year with a 58.59 in the league finals, placing fifth overall...placed third in the league's 200 IM finals with a career-best and team season-best 2:09.68...part of school records in the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay...opened season as leadoff leg in victorious 200 medley relay (1:53.44)...won the 100 backstroke at Valparaiso with a 1:01.29...took 200 back win with a 2:10.55 at Illinois State...led team in 200 backstroke with a second-place 2:11.35 against UW-Green Bay...led team with second place in the 200 backstroke (2:08.89) and third-place 100 backstroke performance (1:00.38) at Bill Ritter Invitational...led team in two events against Cleveland State with a victory in the 100 backstroke (1:00.14) and a third-place 2:14.72 in the 200 IM...named the team's Swimmer of the Year...qualified for the U.S. Open as part of the 400 medley relay team.

    2003-04: Named the team's Newcomer of the Year after solid rookie campaign...posted a team-best 59.13 100-yard backstroke time as the leadoff swimmer in the 400-yard medley relay at the Horizon League Championships...also part of the then-school record 200 medley relay, leading off the relay with a split of 28.08...turned in a 59.48 in the 100 backstroke at the league finals, placing seventh...swam a 2:07.60, the team's best time of the season, in the 200 backstroke at the league finals to place seventh...established career time of 2:12.31 in the 200 IM at the league championships...won her very first collegiate event by taking the 100 backstroke with a 1:01.68 at Eastern Illinois...rattled off two straight backstroke wins, taking the 100-yard race against Butler with a 1:00.90 and winning the 200-yard version against Western Illinois and Saint Louis in 2:09.40 the following week.

    Prep/Personal: Lettered four seasons as a backstroke and IM specialist for the Chaska High School swimming team...placed fifth in the 100 backstroke at the state finals in Minnesota...captained the Hawks during her senior season...top Dean's List student at Chaska all four years...swam for Team Foxjet swim club in Eden Prairie, Minn....part of Foxjet relay that took 16th in the country for top times...swam in the 400 medley relay at the national meet in Fort Lauderdale, Florida...born November 15, 1984...daughter of Jim and Carolyn Erickson...major is exercise and fitness.

    Career Best Times

    Event				Time		Date
    100-yard Backstroke	        58.59		2-25-05
    200-yard Backstroke	      2:05.33		2-26-05
    200-yard IM		      2:09.68		2-24-05