2005-06: Semester Honors recipient ... named to Athletic Director's Honor Roll in both fall and spring semester ... Academic All-Big Ten ... CSCAA Honorable Mention Academic All-American ... placed 15th at Big Ten's in the 400 individual medley with time of 4:23.97 ... registered best times of season in the IMs at November's Purdue Invitational, with marks of 2:03.82 and 4:20.46 ... 200 IM time tied a lifetime best ... won 200 fly title against Illinois State with personal record of 2:03.92 ... winner of the 200 IM crown at the Northwestern/Michigan State triangular, completing the course in 2:05.56.
2004-05: CSCAA Honorable Mention Academic All-American ... Academic All-Big Ten ... recipient of team's Most Improved Award and the Purdue Pride in Swimming Award, which honors team loyalty and effort ... competed at the World Championship Trials, posting a long-course meter time of 5:05.79 in the 400 IM ... scored at the Big Ten Championships in three events: 200 and 400 IM and the 200 fly ... was sixth in the 400 IM (4:19.84), seventh in the 200 IM (2:03.82) and 16th in the 200 fly (2:04.03) ... her 200 IM mark was a personal best, as were her prelim marks in the 400 IM (4:19.52) and 200 fly (2:04.03) ... IM times rank fifth and second in the Purdue record books, respectively ... posted a runner-up finish in the 200 IM and a third-place showing in the 200 fly in dual meet against Indiana ... earned second-place points in the 200 IM at the Indiana Intercollegiates and vs. Michigan State ... scored a pair of third-place showings in the 200 and 400 IM at the Big Ten Quadrangular meet, featuring Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin ... won 200 free relay title at the Boiler-Make-It Invitational with Erin Gettings, Jill Collins and Lainey Eaton.
2003-04: CSCAA Honorable Mention Academic All-American ... Big Ten Championship finalist in the 400 individual medley, placing 14th in 4:25.56 ... also competed in the 200 IM and 200 butterfly at the conference championships ... recorded the team's fastest 400 IM time of the season at the Texas A&M Fall Invitational ... her 10th-place mark of 4:20.52 also was a NCAA provisional time ... posted runner-up showings at the Iowa and Indiana dual meets in the 200 IM ... her mark of 2:05.55 against the Hawkeyes was a season and career best ... also placed second to Iowa in the 100 fly, touching the wall in 58.08 ... season best times in the 100 (57.10) and 200 fly (2:08.97) were registered at the Texas A&M Invite.
High School: Graduated from Pioneer High School in 2003 ... four-year member of the school's varsity swim team ... named rookie of the year ... helped lead team to state championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002 ... co-captained team during her senior season ... member of national record-holding 200 free relay team (1:32.77), which was recorded at the 2003 Michigan State Championships ... placed third in 200 IM and 100 fly at states.
Personal: Given name is Jennifer Lynn Merte ... born Jan. 21, 1985 ... daughter of Larry and Terri Merte ... has one brother, Ben, and a sister, Heather ... majoring in health promotion.