Hawkeyes’ NCAA Qualifier Mallory Jump Transfers to Wisconsin for 2021-22

Mallory Jump has decided to transfer to the University of Wisconsin, her third school in as many years. The 2019 Saint Charles North High School graduate began her collegiate career at Purdue in the fall of 2019. Not feeling it was the right fit, she transferred to Iowa for her second year. Then, just before the season began, Iowa announced it would be cutting the swimming and diving program at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

Nevertheless, Jump remained focused on her goal to break the Hawkeyes’ record in the 100 fly and eventually qualified for the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships. At NCAAs, she competed in the 100 fly, 200 fly, and 200 IM. She tied her PB in the 100 fly (52.30) and placed 22nd in prelims. In the 200 fly, she notched a PB of 1:58.09 for 37th. And in the 200 IM, she went 1:59.32, just off her PB from 2021 B1G Championships, and came in 43rd in prelims. At the conference meet this season, she tied for 6th in the 100 fly (52.81), placed 18th in the 100 breast (1:01.49), and finished 10th in the 200 IM (1:58.93). She also time-trialed the 100 fly and 200 fly and clocked a NCAA B cut of 1:58.67 in the latter.

At Purdue, she established Purdue freshman records in the 100 back (54.36), 100 fly (53.51), and 200 IM (1:59.70).

More recently, Jump went a lifetime-best 1:00.22 in the 100m fly in May, qualifying for Olympic Trials Wave I.

Jump has also had strong performances in backstroke and breaststroke. Her top SCY times include:

  • 100 fly – 52.30
  • 200 fly – 1:58.09
  • 50 back – 25.67
  • 100 back – 54.35
  • 200 back – 1:57.06
  • 100 breast – 1:01.49
  • 200 IM – 1:58.93

Jump would have been the Badgers’ top 100 butterflyer in 2020-21. She will replace graduating Alex Reddington who went 53.15/1:57.88 this season. Wisconsin’s incoming freshman class will include Abby Carlson, Abby Wanezek, Ally Silvestri, Katie McClintock, Mackenzie McConagha, Natalie Bercutt, Paige McKenna, and Sophie Fiske.

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1 year ago

If she has a chance to find something better let her, there might be many swimmers who stuck in situations that does not work.

Swim Dog
1 year ago

Will Myrhe is also a Badger now

1 year ago

How is she immediately eligible to swim? This is her 3rd big 10 school.

Working swim mom
Reply to  Guy
1 year ago

I think they get a pass when coaching changes happen? Not sure how she didn’t have to sit out a year for the jump from Purdue to Iowa…

Mr. Compliance
Reply to  Guy
1 year ago

Who said she was immediately eligible?

Coach A
Reply to  Guy
1 year ago

one-time transfer exception made her eligible at Iowa. 4-4-4 transfer rule(3rd school) should make her have to sit a year. There is no exception for a coaching change or covid, as far as I know. Only exception is if program is discontinued or if academic major is not offered at previous school.

Reply to  Coach A
1 year ago

I wonder how the NCAA would interpret this situation, where the program is discontinued, but then reinstated.

Probably depends on timing of when she decided to transfer.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Braden – Any chance you could post the link to all the transfers? I know you have an Spreadsheet with this information, but I can’t seem to find it with a search?

1 year ago

great name!

1 year ago

I guess it was time to Jump ship

1 year ago

Where to next?

Reply to  Yup
1 year ago

why so many down votes? 3 schools in 3 years is a bit much…

Reply to  Dylan
1 year ago

If you were a swimmer of this caliber, would you stay at Iowa after the men’s team was cut, your team was cut and only reinstated after a lawsuit, your head coach resigned, multiple assistants left, and a bunch of your teammates transferred as well?

Alex Dragovich
Reply to  Dylan
1 year ago

It isn’t really the business of armchair commentators on message boards to decide what is “too much” for this student athlete, particularly given the situation. Nor is it necessary to make judgements of any kind about the woman, whose choices are her own.

Reply to  Dylan
1 year ago

Judge much?
Maybe the first school wasn’t a great fit. Lots of freshman transfer.
She’s hardly to blame for the Iowa cluster of an athletic department. Pretty sure it’s not the goal of any swimmer to transfer 3x in 3 years. But you deal with what life hands you.

I’d transfer from Iowa on principle alone.

Reply to  SwimMom
1 year ago

Haven’t seen anything regarding her major, but she is a student-athlete, so transferring schools, credits, getting enrolled in the appropriate classes, and getting some traction with the professors might be just as big a challenge as acclimating to a new athletic program.

Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

While I don’t know the specifics of this case, I did a case study on the Big Ten in college, and what I learned was that the Big Ten is much more than an athletic cooperation – there are very strong academic ties between the universities as well. Unlike athletics, those academic ties are much more cooperative than competitive. So, because her transfers have all been Big Ten to Big Ten, she is probably not losing many credits.

As for the rest – college athletes, especially at Power 5 schools, have special advisors to help them through those things. Getting enrolled in the appropriate classes will be a non issue. Getting some traction with professors? I know some people are… Read more »

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