Jackson Higgins
Jackson  Higgins

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Dayton, Ohio

High School:
Oakwood

Event:
Freestyle

Birthdate:
01/22/1997

10/13/2017

Kitchel, Young Lead Purdue to Dual Sweep

Amaltdinov, Johnson and Meitz also win multiple individual events in Oxford

02/24/2017

3 Records Fall on Thursday at Big Tens

Purdue had 3 of the top 6 finishers in 1-meter diving, racking up 86 team points

07/31/2016

Boilermakers to Compete at Nationals

Amaltdinov, Davis and Meitz seeded among top 10 in an event

02/28/2016

Amaltdinov Wins Big Ten Title in 200 Breast

Cifelli qualifies for A final of all three diving events; Purdue finishes sixth

02/22/2016

Three Freshmen Added to Big Tens Roster

Boone, Gardner and Higgins make it based on times at first chance meet

2016-17 / AS A SOPHOMORE
• Competed primarily in the 200 and 500 freestyle
• Posted season-best times in the 200 (1:37.38), 500 (4:26.89) and 1650 free (15:48.20) at the Big Ten Championships
• Raced in the 500 free in every meet in which he competed
• Purdue's top finisher in the 500 free at Big Tens
• Contributed to the victorious 400 free relay team in the dual meet win vs. Miami (Ohio)
• Took third in the B final of the 200 free at Virginia Tech's H2Okie Fall Invitational to account for six team points
• Also raced in the 200 and 1650 free as well as the 200 back at Va Tech
• Represented Purdue at the U.S. Open Championships in August

2015-16 / AS A FRESHMAN
• Competed in the mid and distance freestyle events
• Ranked among the top five on the team in 2015-16 in the 200 (1:38.35, 4th), 500 (4:25.96, 1st), 1,000 (9:37.43, 4th) and 1,650 free (15:38.90, 4th)
• Posted his season-best times in the 200 and 500 free at the Purdue First Chance meet to earn one of final spots on the roster for Big Tens
• Won the 200 free and finished second in the 500 free at the Purdue First Chance meet, posting the 10th-fastest time in program history in the 500
• Finished 24th in the mile with his season-best time at Big Tens to account for one team point
• Accounted for four team points at the Purdue Invitational by qualifying for the B final of the 200 and 500 free along with a 15th-place finish in the mile
• Posted his season-best time in the 1000 free in the dual meet victory vs. Iowa
• Improved his 500 free time by 16 seconds and his mile time by 30 seconds from the start of the season to the end

HIGH SCHOOL
• Four-year letterwinner for coaches Jennifer Jervis and Trevor Tilly at Oakwood High School in Dayton, Ohio
• Four-year individual Ohio state qualifier
• Ohio state championships Division II Swimmer of the Meet as a senior after winning the 200 and 500 freestyle
• Helped Oakwood's 200 and 400 free relays win DII state titles as a junior
• Part of state championship teams as a sophomore and junior
• Established a new high school state record in the 200 free as a senior
• Also a state record holder in the 800-meter free relay on the club circuit
• Six-time Ohio state open water champion, including five straight from 2011 to 2015
• Junior Nationals qualifier
• Two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American as an upperclassman
• Four-time All-Ohio Interscholastic Team honoree

PERSONAL
• Major: Industrial Engineering
• Full name is Jackson Taylor Higgins
• Born in San Diego, California
• Parents are Daniel and Kelly Higgins
• Family also includes older sister Jordan
• Mother competed in swimming and tennis at Whitman College

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Athlete: Brendan Hansen
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): IU Natatorium
Swimmer He'd Like to Race: Connor Jaeger
Most Exciting Event to Watch at a College Meet: 200m Freestyle
Favorite Playoff Format/Marquee Event: The Olympics
Would Like to Have Dinner With: Hunter S. Thompson
Hidden Talent: I dabble in drawing
In His MP3 Player: Portugal. The Man
Last Book He Read: The Very Hungry Catepillar
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlize Theron & Edgar Wright
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Kung Fu Panda
Favorite Super-Hero: Batman
Favorite Sci-Fi Series: Rick and Morty
Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones
Favorite Month: October
Favorite Holiday: Columbus Day
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Dessert: Brownies
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Mud Wrestling
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Frisbee
Favorite Purdue Building: Small Animal Hospital
Favorite Purdue Athletic Venue (Besides Aquatic Center): Mackey Arena
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Country He'd Like to Visit: The Netherlands
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: Chocolate Milk
Most MemorableMoment at Purdue: Training Trip to Florida
Best Thing About Being a Boilermaker: My Teammates
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Mario Ventresca, Industrial Engineering
Furry Friend: Reno, Collie

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