Jessica Ashwood

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Jessica Ashwood
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 21)
Sydney
Height 173 centimetres (5 ft 8 in) (2012)
Weight 64 kilograms (141 lb) (2012)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Swimming
Event(s) 800m Freestyle — Women

Jessica Ashwood (born 28 April 1993) is an Australian swimmer. She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in swimming in the 800m freestyle event.

Personal[edit]

Nicknamed Jess, Ashwood was born on 28 April 1993 in Sydney.[1] She is from Padstow,[2] New South Wales.[3] Her grandmother is a swimming coach.[1] She attended Regina Coeli Beverly Hills before going to high school at MLC Sydney, Burwood.[1] As of 2012, she lives in Sydney.[1]

Ashwood is 173 centimetres (5 ft 8 in) tall and weighs 64 kilograms (141 lb).[1]

Swimming[edit]

Ashwood is a swimmer, specialising in the 800m freestyle event.[1] As a four-year-old, she started swimming.[1] In 2012, she was training with Hayden Hadler, Daniel Arnamnart, James Magnussen and Daniel Tranter.[4] She was coached by Jon Shaw from 2009 to 2010. Brant Best became her coach in 2010 and was her coach as of 2012.[1] She is a member of the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and has a swimming scholarship with the New South Wales Institute of Sport.[1]

At a 2009 transtasman swimming meet, Ashwood beat Kiwi Phoebe Williams to finish first in the 800m freestyle event.[5] At the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, she lost to Kelly Marquenie in the women's 800m freestyle event.[6] She finished second in the women's 400m freestyle event.[7] At the 2011 Queensland State Championships, she came in second in the women's 800m freestyle event, finishing seven seconds behind the winner.[3][8] At the 2011 National Championships, with a time of 16:14.47, she finished second in the 1500m freestyle which secured her a spot on the national team going to the World Championships.[9] At the 2011 World Swimming Championships, in her national team debut, she did not make it out of the semifinals in the 1,500m.[10][11] At the 2011 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, she finished third in the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:12.47.[12] At the 2012 Australian National Championships, she finished second in the women's 800m freestyle with a time of 8:27.97.[13] As an eighteen-year-old,[2] she was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in swimming in the 800m freestyle event[1][14] in what were her first Games.[2][4] Australia Post in Padstow set up a mailbox at her local office where people could leave her messages.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "London 2012 - Jessica Ashwood". Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Australia Post backing our Games athletes". Canterbury-Bankstown Express. 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  3. ^ a b Name: (will appear on website) (2011-12-14). "Goldman blasts back to scorching best Gold Coast Sport". goldcoast.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  4. ^ a b "James Magnussen is soaking up the pressure with a confidence that's infectious". The Australian. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  5. ^ McMurran, Alistair (2009-07-13). "Swimming: St Hildas pupil ends series in style". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  6. ^ "Aussies lap up gold in AYOF swim finals". Nine MSN. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  7. ^ "Australia claims more gold at AYOF". Nine MSN. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  8. ^ "Seebohm getting back to her best". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  9. ^ "Seebohm battles into world swim champs". Sydneyt: Sydney Morning Herald. 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  10. ^ "Seebohm, Jones inspired by relay win". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  11. ^ Geoff Huegill given reprieve as selection standard relaxed. The Australian. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  12. ^ "Swimming: Kiwi grabs record-breaking gold". Auckland: NZ Herald. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  13. ^ By Liam FitzGibbon (2012-03-21). "Huegill comeback falls short". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  14. ^ "Swimming Magnussen lands sprint double". Channel NewsAsia. 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-07-12.