Valerie Jones
Valerie Jones

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Hampshire, Ill.

High School:
Homeschooled

Last College:
Elgin Community College

Height:
5-6

Event:
Breaststroke, IM, Distance Freestyle

Birthdate:
01/13/1993

04/08/2014

Redbird Swimmers and Divers Honored At Annual Team Banquet

All-American diver Wenting Zhang and four-time Missouri Valley Conference champion Marissa Yontz took home top honors.

02/27/2014

Twelve Redbirds Named to MVC Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete Team

Illinois State's Kelly Sanks listed among three student-athletes averaging a perfect 4.0 GPA.

04/10/2013

Redbird Swimmer and Divers Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

The Illinois State swimming and diving hosted their anual awards banquet Sunday, April 7.

03/04/2013

Fourteen Redbirds Named to Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete Team

The Illinois State swimming and diving team have fourteen student-athletes named to the 2012-13 Scholar-Athlete Team.

02/16/2013

Redbirds Finish 2nd, Breaking Fifteen School Records

Illinois State swimming and diving finish in second-place at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships

2012-13: Received 2012-13 Missouri Valley Honorable mention All-Conference honors ... named to the 2013 Scholar-Athlete team ... took fourth-place and swam a personal best in the 1650-yard freestyle (17:08.67) ... earned a personal best time in 400 yard IM(4:28.83) and a season best time in the 500 yard freestyle (5:04.69) at the MVC championships... finished in second in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:51.67) at a dual meet against Ball State ...touched the wall first and earned a personal best during the 1000-yard freestyle (10:41.85) at a dual meet against Washington (Mo.) ... given the Rebecca Wade award at the 2013 awards banquet.

2011-2012: Received 2011-12 MVC first team all-conference honors ... finished in fourth place at the Saluki Miler Open Water ... member of the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:30.10) at the MVC Championship that broke the MVC record and ISU's record ... received sixth-place in the 1650-yard freestyle (17:18.15) at the MVC Championship ... earned two first-place finishes in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:36.53) and 400-yard IM (4:38.86) at a dual meet against Nebraska-Omaha ... placed first in the 1000-yard freestyle at a dual meet against Ball State ... participated in the Notre Dame Relays, the Zippy Invitational and the Copa Coqui Puerto Rico Invitational

Kishwaukee YMCA-Dekalb County Swim Team: Record-holder in the 200-yard breaststroke, 200-meter breaststroke, 400-meter IM, and the 400-yard IM... earned the YMCA 2011 IL/MO 100-yard breaststroke champion... earned seventh-place at the championships in the 800-meter freestyle... 2011 Long Course YMCA National qualifier... earned 11th in the 200-breastroke and 1500-freestyle at nationals... led her club team to 11-straight conference titles and six-straight district titles... helped her team win state titles in 2007 and 2009... also member of the 14th-place team at the 2011 summer nationals.

Personal: Born 01/13/93... daughter of Ken and Brenda Jones... attended homeschooling as well as one semester of dual credit at Elgin Community College her high school senior year... majoring in nursing ... holds a cumulative GPA of 3.82.

Personal Best: 500-yard freestyle- 5:02.71, 1000-yard freestyle- 10:22.43, 1650-yard freestyle- 17:08.67, 200-yard IM- 2:11.16, 400-yard IM- 4:28.83