Jeff Newkirk is a competitive swimmer that represents the United States internationally.
During his sophomore season, Newkirk made great strides at both the conference and NCAA level. At the Big-12 Championships, he earned runner-up in the 200 free (1:34.02), while finishing third in the 500 free (4:15.99) and fourth in the 200 back (1:43.11). At the NCAA Championships, he individually competed in the 200 free (15th, 1:33.88), 100 free (32nd, 43.27) and 500 free (42nd, 4:21.20), and also contributed to the runner-up 800 free relay. Newkirk also earned Academic All-Big 12 honoree status.
Newkirk continued his progression throughout his junior year. At the 2018 Big-12 Championships, he finished second in the 200 free (1:33.69), fourth in the 200 back (1:42.02) and fifth in the 500 free (4:19.74). At the NCAA’s, Newkirk was a member of the third place 800 free relay, while also finishing ninth in the 200 free (1:33.15), 20th in the 200 back (1:40.81) and 22nd in the 500 free (4:16.52). Newkirk earned Academic All-Big 12 first team selection in 2018.
Newkirk saved the best for last in his senior year. At the 2019 NCAA Championships, he started things off as a part of the NCAA champion 800 free relay, which set an NCAA, meet, American and pool record with a 6:05.08. Individually, Newkirk finished seventh in the 200 free (1:32.46) and 13th in the 200 back (1:40.67), swimming personal bests in both (prelims) and marking the first time to score in more than 1 individual race at the NCAA’s.