Change and Success Can Go Hand in Hand for Honors College Swimmer

Posted on 8/13/2010 9:10:49 AM

Jaclyn HynsonWhen Jaclyn Hynson transferred to IUP from another college and changed her major, everything was new. That didn’t stop her from setting school records in the 200 butterfly and backstroke in the NCAA Division II championships. She placed third in both events and earned All-America honors.

“Just attending NCAAs was an amazing experience by itself, but achieving All-American status made it twice as fun,” Jackie said. “I had so many goals at the beginning of the season, but transferring to a new school, with a new coach, new teammates, new professors, and even a new major, I worried about how the adjustment might affect my season. I shouldn’t have been worried. My teammates were constantly telling me good luck or congratulating me for my times, watching the live feed of the events online, and texting me before and after each of my events.”

As a Speech-Language Pathology major in the Cook Honors College, Jackie has a challenging academic schedule. Clearly she loves a challenge: “I saw my hours of training and sacrifice pay off with some of my best swims ever. It’s a new year, I have new goals, and I expect many more of my team members to make it to the NCAA in San Antonio this year. I am pumped for the season to begin.”

Learn more about the IUP Women’s Swim Team.