Valerie Jones
Valerie Jones


Hampshire, Ill.

High School:

Last College:
Elgin Community College


Breaststroke, IM, Distance Freestyle



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.


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.


Redbird Swimmer and Divers Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

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


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.


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