Big Ten Medal of Honor: Jacob Jarzen, Michigan State Men's Swimming & Diving
June 5, 2013
Among the elite collegiate swimmers in the nation, Jacob Jarzen is one of the most decorated swimmers in Michigan State history, as he holds six individual school records and is also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
A three-time Michigan State Swimmer of the Year, Jarzen was one of only 30 NCAA invitees who competed in the maximum of three events at the 2013 NCAA Championships (100 butterfly, 100 and 200 backstroke). Jarzen broke his own school record in the 100 butterfly at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, turning in a time of 46.08 in the finals. The two-time CSCAA honorable-mention All-American also owns school records in the 100 freestyle (43.70), 200 freestyle (1:35.73), 100 backstroke (46.68), 200 backstroke (1:42.19) and 200 individual medley (1:46.60). In addition, he was a member of the school-record 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.
A four-time NCAA Championships qualifier, Jarzen was the first Spartan to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2010.
Jarzen, who was named to the 2012 Scholar All-America Team by the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), owns a 3.52 GPA in Human Biology and is scheduled to graduate in December.