Jessicah Schipper

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Jessicah Schipper
Personal information
Full name Jessicah Lee Schipper
Nickname(s) Jess
Nationality  Australia
Born (1986-11-19) 19 November 1986 (age 27)
Brisbane, Queensland
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 60 kg (130 lb; 9.4 st)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Club Lawnton Swimm Club
College team Pine Rivers State High School

Jessicah Lee Schipper OAM (born 19 November 1986 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian swimmer. She trained at the Redcliffe Leagues Lawnton club in Brisbane, under veteran coach Ken Wood up until the conclusion of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Schipper now trains under the guidance of Stephan Widmer with the Commercial Swimming Club. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in January 2005 for her services to swimming. In 2003 she finished high school at Pine Rivers State High School

Swimming career[edit]

Schipper made her debut for Australia at the 2003 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, winning the bronze medal as part of the 4x100 m medley relay team.

2004 Summer Olympics[edit]

In 2004 she competed in the Athens Olympics, placing 4th in the 100 m butterfly with the time of 58.22 s. She also collected the gold medal in the 4x100 m medley relay, having swum the butterfly leg in the heats of the event.

At the 2005 World Aquatics Championships in Montreal she won the silver medal in the 200 m butterfly with the time of 2.05.65 s, only 0.04 seconds behind Otylia Jędrzejczak of Poland, who consequently recorded a new world record in the event. However, the race was overshadowed by the video replay showing that Jędrzejczak touched the finishing wall with only one hand, which is illegal under the butterfly rules. Doing so allows the swimmer to stretch out further with their single hand. Video replays cannot be used in appeals against race results. Schipper also won the gold in the 100 m butterfly (57.23 s) and in the 4×100 m medley relay, with teammates Sophie Edington, Leisel Jones and Libby Lenton. In doing so, she erased the Australian records in both the 100 m and 200 m butterfly set by Petria Thomas and Susie O'Neill, respectively.

In 2006 Schipper wiped 0.08 s off her 100 m butterfly (57.15 s) Commonwealth record to become the second fastest woman ever in the history of the event, surpassing Martina Moravcová.

She won the gold medal in both the 100 m and 200 m butterfly as well as the silver medal in 50 m butterfly at the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne. She combined with Sophie Edington, Leisel Jones and Libby Lenton to set a new world record in the 4×100 m medley relay, collecting her third gold medal of the meet.

On 17 August 2006 Schipper set a new world record in the women's 200m butterfly, on the opening night of the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. Schipper won the final in 2:05.40, bettering the mark of 2:05.61 set by Otylia Jędrzejczak at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships.[8]

Schipper won the gold medal in the 200 m butterfly at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships in Melbourne, as well as the silver medal in the 100 m butterfly, behind fellow Australian Libby Lenton.

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

Schipper qualified for the 100 m and 200 m butterfly events in Beijing, where she is among the favourites for the medals. She is a member of the 4×100 m medley relay squad. Schipper won two bronze medals in her individual events at the Beijing Olympics, the 100 m and 200 m butterfly. Schipper also won gold in the 4×100 m medley relay team with teammates Leisel Jones, Libby Trickett and Emily Seebohm.

Following the Olympics, Schipper split with her coach Ken Wood. This came after Wood had sold Schipper's training program to Chinese swimmer Liu Zige, who broke Schipper's world record to take the 200 m title.[1] She then joined the Commercial Swimming Club in Brisbane, under Stephan Widmar, who previously coached her Australian relay teammates Leisel Jones and Trickett.

Schipper maintained her consistency at the world championship level. On day two, she took silver in the 100 m butterfly, clocking the second fastest time in history. On day five she retained her 200 m butterfly title in world record time, defeating Liu Zige by 0.49s.

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

In 2012, Schipper again qualified for the 100 m and 200 m butterfly events. She was eliminated in the heats of the 100 m. She qualified for the semifinal of the 200 m, but not for the final. Her 200 m semifinal time of 2:08.21 was nearly 5 seconds slower than her best time in that event.

World & Olympic accomplishments[edit]

2003 World Championships Events
Event Time Place
100m Butterfly 59.48 10th
200m Butterfly 2:12.28 10th
4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:01.37 Bronze
2005 World Championships Events
Event Time Place
100m Butterfly 57.23 Gold AR
200m Butterfly 2:05.65 Silver AR
4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.47 Gold
2007 World Championships Events
Event Time Place
100m Butterfly 57.24 Silver
200m Butterfly 2:06.39 Gold
4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.74 Gold WR
2009 World Championships Events
Event Time Place
100m Butterfly 56.23 Silver AR
200m Butterfly 2:03.41 Gold WR
4 x 100 m Medley Relay 3:52.58 Silver AR
2004 Summer Olympics Events
Event Time Place
100m Butterfly 58.22 4th
4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.32 Gold WR
2008 Summer Olympics Events
Event Time Place
100m Butterfly 57.25 Bronze
200m Butterfly 2:06.26 Bronze
4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:52.69 Gold WR

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "2004 Olympic Games swimming results". CNN. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Montreal 2005 Results". Archived from the original on 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  3. ^ "12th FINA World Championships". Archived from the original on 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  4. ^ "2003 World Championships – Short Course Swim Rankings results". Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  5. ^ "7th FINA World Championships – 25m Indianapolis 2004". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Shanghai 2006 results". Archived from the original on 2007-03-06. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Swimming Schedule and Results". Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  8. ^ "Schipper, Phelps break world records". The Age (Melbourne). 2006-08-18. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 


Records
Preceded by
Poland Otylia Jędrzejczak
Women's 200 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

17 August 2006 – 14 August 2008
Succeeded by
China Liu Zige
Preceded by
United States Mary DeScenza
Women's 200 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

30 July 2009 – 21 October 2009
Succeeded by
China Liu Zige