Poolside with Jenelle Zee

  • By Jonathan Harkey
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  • October 18, 2013 04:49 PM
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This is the ninth of a season-long series that will feature updates on WVU swimming and diving alumni, as well as getting to know members of the current team.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Junior swimmer Jenelle Zee feels that although she may not be a vocal leader on the team, she believes she serves as a mentor and someone who leads by example inside and outside the pool.

“I feel like a lot of people could approach me about different things,” said Zee. “I’m not as outspoken as other people on the team, but I feel that I lead by example.”

The Long Valley, N.J., native enters her third season swimming after placing fourth in the 100 breast (1:01.76), 10th in the 200 breast (2:17.73) and 20th in the 200 IM (2:07.38) at the Big 12 Championships last season.

“There’s a big difference in atmosphere from the Big East and the Big 12. With the Big East, we may have known our competition from years before and it would be a close-knit environment with teams knowing each other well. We had rivalries develop, which was good,” said Zee.

“With the Big 12, it felt like a more professional environment. The pool was so much bigger than anything we have ever been in before. We didn’t know the other teams, and we didn’t know what to expect. Going into our second year in the conference, we know what to expect more with the teams competing.”

Not only succeeding in the pool, the criminology major was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Swimming & Diving First Team, the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll, the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the President’s List.

“This is my last year of my criminology major, and then I am adding a second major next year. Right now, I have two semesters of 12 credits each for this year which is not too bad,” said Zee. “I try to get all my work done on weekends so I can practice during the week and not worry too much about having a ton of homework.”

Zee plans on taking her success inside and outside the pool to the criminal justice field, where after completing graduate school, she hopes to land a job with the FBI.

“I want to go to grad school for either security analysis or forensics. So I was considering picking up political science as my second major,” said Zee. “I want to go into the FBI and be an intelligence analyst. I’ve always had an interest in organized crime and terrorism, so I want to go into a specialized unit for that.”

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