Press Release courtesy of Bryant Athletics
Bryant University women’s swimmer Jillian Rice (Trumbull, Conn.) was named Northeast Conference Women’s Swimming Winter Scholar-Athlete earlier today, the conference announced on social media. She is sharing the honor with Central Connecticut’s Maddy Garber.
Rice helped lead her team to their first-ever conference championship at the end of February at the Nassau County Aquatic Center, holding off Wagner on the final day. The junior was a consistent presence as a sprinter for Bryant, as well as swimming the freestyle leg in relays for Bryant during the 2017-18 season.
She both started and finished the season strong, winning her first 12 races in dual meets to start the campaign and then finished with a team-high seven medals at the conference championships, including four relay and two individual gold medals. She finished the meet with 56 individual points and was on four of Bryant’s five winning relay teams that contributed a total of 200 points to Bryant’s total of 793.
An applied psychology major and captain during the 2017-18 season, Rice has finished five full semesters with the Bulldogs, holding a 3.55 GPA.