Jared Markham is a team-captain at the University of Georgia where he’s majoring in Sport Management. Born March 16, 1993 to Steve and Shannon he is currently in his senior year as a Bulldog. He’s competed in the same three-event lineup every year at the SEC Championships: 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 backstroke. The senior is from Centennial, Colo. where he swam for the Aces Swim Club and won Junior National titles. Markham is a big football fan, and he’s very involved in the student-athlete welfare at Georgia. He is a member of the University of Georgia Sports Business Club, and he also was appointed to the Student-Athlete Academic Committee. He also apparently loves being around the pool, given his work experience; he worked as a Swim Instructor for SwimLabs and he also worked at Life Aquatics in management and maintenance. Markham will leave Georgia as one of its fastest swimmers in history – prior to the 2015 NCAA Championships he posted one of Georgia’s top-10 fastest times in the 200 backstroke and 400 IM.
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As a freshman Markham was named SEC Freshman of the Week once, and made the Second-Team All-SEC and the All-Freshmen Team. He finished third in the 200 backstroke, fifth in the 400 IM and seventh in the 200 IM at the 2012 SEC Championships. He qualified for the NCAA Championships where he competed in the 200 IM, 200 backstroke and was a member of the the 200 and 400 freestyle relays as well as the 400 medley relay.
During his second year at Georgia Markham continued his three-event order: he finished in the top 16 in all three. At the NCAA Championships Markham swam each event, he finished 43rd in the 200 IM, 23rd in the 400 IM and 26th in the 200 backstroke. He was named to the Student-Athlete Academic Committee.
Markham, once again, had a successful year. He qualified for the NCAA Championships and received the Morton S. Hodgson Jr. Scholarship. At the 2014 NCAA Championships Markham finished 39th in the 200 IM, finished 13th in the 400 IM earning Honorable Mention All-America honors, and also came in 38th in the 200 backstroke.
Markham is in his senior year as a Bulldog. At the 2015 SEC Championships he finished 11th in the 200 IM, fifth in the 400 IM and seventh in the 200 backstroke.
Markham graduated from Cherry Creek High School in Colorado where he was a Colorado state champion. He was a Junior National Champion in the 200m backstroke in 2009 and the 200m IM in 2010 to earn a spot as a member of the 2009-2010 U.S. National Youth Team.
Markham qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. He finished 57th in the 200m backstroke.