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Jillian Crooks represented the Cayman Islands at both the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Championships in Hungary. At the 2020 Olympics, she served as one of the country’s flag bearers, alongside fellow swimmer Brett Fraser. She owns national records in the 100m free, 50m back, 200m back, and 100m fly.
Her older brother, Jordan Crooks, is currently a sophomore at Tennessee. He is coming off an extremely successful freshman year where he was Tennessee’s top scorer at NCAAs with 29.5 points. In his first short-course season ever, he surpassed Caeleb Dressel to become the fastest freshman in NCAA history in both the 50 free (18.53) and 100 free (41.24).
Located in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands are an archipelago that hosts a small swimming community of only 4 competitive swim teams. Crooks trains and competes with Caymana Bay Aquatic Club out of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Last fall, Jillian Crooks completed her freshman year of high school at Homer High School in Alaska. After her short stint in Alaska, she moved to Florida where she began homeschooling and training with TS (Total Swimmer) Aquatics.
“With great excitement, I announce my verbal commitment to pursue my academic and swimming career at the University of Tennessee. I want to thank God, my parents, family friends, and coaches for supporting me.
“Oh, Rocky Top, you’ll always be
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Jillian Crooks is primarily a sprinter, but has range up to the 200. At the Tokyo Olympics, she competed in the 100m freestyle, where she finished 41st with a time of 57.32. This past summer in Budapest, she competed in both the 50 and 100 free, where she finished 41st and 29th.
Top SCY Times:
- 50 free – 23.06
- 100 free – 50.09
- 200 free – 1:49. 49
- 50 back – 25.73
- 50 fly – 25.03
- 100 fly – 55.06
Top LCM Times:
- 50 free – 26.05
- 100 free – 56.63
- 200 free – 2:03.67
- 50 back – 30.02
- 50 fly – 38.72
- 100 fly – 1:03.67
In addition to World Champs, Jillian Crooks competed at a slew of other meets this summer, including the Cary Futures. She set lifetime bests in the 50, 100, and 200 free, with her highest finish being 2nd in the 100 free. At the 2022 CARIFTA Championships in April, she won five out of her seven individual events, setting best times in the 100m fly, 200m back, 50m back, and 50m free.
Last fall in Alaska, Jillian Crooks broke the state record in the 200 free by 0.17 for a 1:49.85. She also won the 100 free state title (50.70), and became Alaska’s second-fastest swimmer in the event behind Ila Hughes.
At the 2022 SEC Championships, the Lady Vols beat Kentucky by 270.5 points to take home the SEC title. It took a 49.16 to advance to finals in the 100 free and a 22.55 to advance in the 50 free. Although Jillian Crooks’ best times are currently outside of SEC scoring range, she still has two years to continue to improve on her SCY times before arriving in Knoxville.
Tennessee’s top sprinter last year was AJ Kutsch, who finished 12th at last year’s NCAA Championships in the 50 free. Though Kutsch is no longer on the roster, Tennessee returns a deep group of 100 freestylers, led by sophomore Julia Mrozinski and Jasmine Rumley, who should overlap with Jillian Crooks for a year.
Jillian Crooks appears to be the Lady Vols’ first commit for their class of 2028. Molly Blanchard, Tori Brostowitz, Camille Spink, Emelie Fast, Laura Littlejohn, and Sophie Brison have announced their verbal commitment for the class of 2027.
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