Jessica Skiba
Jessica Skiba

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fort Wayne, Ind.

High School:
Homestead

Height:
5-9

Event:
Freestyle/IM

Birthdate:
09/16/1988



Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
In Her MP3 Player: Snow Patrol
Last Concert She Attended: Lady Gaga
Last Book She Read: Eat, Pray, Love
Favorite Actress & Film Role: Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman
Favorite Animated Character: Boo of Monster's Inc.
Favorite Meal: Breakfast
Favorite Purdue Building: Hansen Life Sciences
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: The Bahamas
Most Memorable at Purdue: 2010 Big Ten Championships
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Maureen McCann, Biology
Furry Friend: Patches, Shetland Sheep Dog

2010-11: Academic All-Big Ten... Skiba competed primarily in the distance freestyle events... swam the 500 free in every meet in which she competed except the Florida Atlantic Invitational... her season-best times in the 500 (4:57.94, 4th), 1000 (10:16.91, 2nd) and 1650 free (16:57.87, 4th) all ranked among the top five on the team in 2010-11... posted season-best times in the 200 (1:53.73), 500 and 1650 free at the Big Ten Championships... swept the 500 and 1000 free in the dual meet victory at Michigan State, posting her season-best time in the 1000... swam the 200, 500 and 1650 free at the Purdue Invitational... competed in the 500 free and 200 IM at the Indiana Intercollegiates meet.

2009-10: Academic All-Big Ten...finished second in 500 freestyle at season-opening Indiana Intercollegiates (10/10)...also placed fifth in 200 freestyle and anchored fifth-place 200 freestyle relay...took second in 1,650 freestyle vs. Michigan State (1/8)...also anchored third-place 800 freestyle relay vs. Spartans (1/7)...finished third in 1,000 freestyle at Miami (10/23)...took fifth in event at Indiana (1/23)...finished eighth in 1,000 freestyle at Big Ten Quad (1/29)...also finished 10th in 500 freestyle (1/30)...just missed scoring with 17th-place finish in 1,650 freestyle at Big Ten Championships (2/20)...stopped clock in season-best 16:49.49 with season's fastest 1,000 split of 10:07.53...both times ranked second on team.

2008-09: Academic All-Big Ten...recorded season-best 5:02.91 clocking in 500 freestyle at Big Ten Championships (2/19)...stopped clock in season-best time of 1:54.43 in 200 freestyle at Big Ten Championships (2/20)...earned season-best 200 IM time of 2:13.45 at Art Adamson Invitational (11/21)...finished fourth in 200 IM with 2:14.50 time and fifth in 500 freestyle with 5:10.23 clocking at Indiana Intercollegiates (10/18)...also led off sixth-place 200 freestyle relay...anchored third-place 200 freestyle relay at Northwestern (11/7)...also finished seventh in 1,000 freestyle with 10:48.48 time...placed fifth in 400 IM after touching wall in season-best 4:39.22 and sixth in 1,000 freestyle with 10:42.30 clocking at Notre Dame (11/8)...finished fourth in 500 freestyle with 5:13.41 time at Purdue Challenge (11/14)...finished 28th in 500 freestyle with 5:03.54 time at Art Adamson Invitational (11/21)...also finished 33rd in 400 IM with 4:44.05 time (11/22) and 20th in 1,650 freestyle with 17:45.11 time (11/23)...finished fifth in 500 freestyle with 5:09.69 time and in 1,000 freestyle with 10:30.96 clocking in quadruple dual at Florida Atlantic (1/10)...also anchored fifth-place 200 freestyle relay...finished fourth in 1,000 freestyle with 10:42.71 time and fifth in 500 freestyle after touching wall in 5:16.12 at Indiana (1/24)...finished 15th in 500 freestyle with 5:15.64 time in Big Ten Duals at Minnesota (1/30)...also placed 15th in 1,000 freestyle after 10:49.79 clocking (1/31)...touched wall in 2:15.19 in 200 IM and in 2:01.08 in 200 freestyle at Boiler-Make-It Last Chance (3/1)

2007-08: Made the Coach's Honor Roll in the fall ... earned Semester Honors and Athletic Director's Honor Roll recognition in the spring ... competed at the Big Ten Championships in 500 free, 1650 free and 400 IM ... placed 31st in 1650 free with a time of 17:43.89 ... notched a season-best time in the 1650 free of 17:42.73 against Miami (Ohio).

High School: Graduated with honors from Homestead High School in 2007 ... helped lead Homestead to four conference championships, three sectional titles and a SWAC (Southwest Allen Community) open water state title in 2007 ... four-year varsity letterwinner ... team captain as a senior ... three-time All-American ... winner of four sectional titles in the 500 free and two in the 200 IM ... 2007 state champ in the 500 free and was sixth in the 200 IM ... named Fort Wayne News-Sentinel's Prep Sports Swimmer of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2007 ... four-time all-conference first team selection ... 2006 AP Scholar ... member of the national honor society ... 2007 Academic All-American ... competed at the 2007 national championship meet on the 400 medley relay ... placed third in the two-mile race at 2007 Open Water State Championships ... competed for SWAC swim club from 1999-2007.

Personal: Given name is Jessica Marie Skiba ... born Sept. 16, 1988 ... daughter of Tom and Kathy Skiba ... has two siblings: Beth and T.J. ... majoring in genetic biology.