Northwestern Sprint Star Jasmine Nocentini Suffers Injury, Return Timeline Unknown

Northwestern junior Jasmine Nocentini, the school record holder in the 50 free, is out of competition for the foreseeable future due to a shoulder injury.

“Jasmine is currently managing an injury which has prevented her from competing,” Northwestern Athletics said to SwimSwam in a statement. “There is currently no timetable for her return, but we look forward to getting her back in the lineup when she is ready.”

“I would just like to say that I care about the long term health of my shoulder,” Nocentini said to SwimSwam. “The Northwestern coaching and medical staff have been extremely supportive through this process.”

“My recovery time should not take long, but doctors want me to focus on therapies and recovery since I have been in pain on and off for almost two years and it is significantly affecting my life outside of swimming.” she added. “Sometimes, a break is needed when an issue affects my practices and competitions for so long.”

“However, it is an unfortunate time since I love competing for NU and being there for my teammates. I have another full season here and I want to do my best, be healthy, and just give back to a program that has done a lot for me in an out of the pool.”

Nocentini last competed at the 2022 Purdue Invite last November, becoming the nation’s sixth-fastest swimmer in the 50 free (21.59) and the seventh-fastest swimmer in the 100 breast (58.31) and hitting NCAA ‘A’ cuts in both events. Notably, both times were personal bests and she clocked her 100 breast time in just her third swim ever in the event. Nocentini is also one of the four swimmers from top 25 programs that have yet to lose an individual event during the 2022-23 season.

Northwestern has competed in three meets since the Purdue invite without Nocentini: a tri-meet against Miami and Army on December 17, a dual against Miami-Ohio on January 7, and a dual meet against Wisconsin on January 21. Against Wisconsin, the #20 Wildcat women upset the #15 Wisconsin women with 162-138 win.

The Wildcats still have one more competition, a meet against Minnesota, Purdue and Iowa from January 27 to 28, until they head off to the Big Ten Championships that start in less than a month on February 15.

If Nocentini isn’t back come time for conferences, it could result in a major loss of points for Northwestern, considering that she has a shot at winning three individual titles and will be a key asset on relays. Last year at Big Tens, Nocentini finished third in the 50 free (21.78), fifth in the 100 free (47.76), and fourth in the 200 free (1:45.56) and scored a team-leading 78 individual points to help Northwestern finish fifth overall. Although her Big Tens times qualified and seeded her to score at 2022 NCAAs, she ended up not competing at the meet, scratching out of all her events.


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Demarrit Steenbergen
1 year ago

I guess she will remain undefeated. Also speaking of people not competing reminds me of Cameron Craig. He was at mid season and swam very well but has ent swam in a meet since. Anyone know what is up?

Last edited 1 year ago by Lucas Caswell
Reply to  Demarrit Steenbergen
1 year ago

He’s no longer on the roster, so for whatever reason, it looks like he is done there.

1 year ago

Never want to hear that 🙁 time for some Cats to step up!

1 year ago

Did she burn herself because she’s so hot?

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Jas-MINE
1 year ago

More evidence in the “Me” folder of her Instagram

1 year ago

Northwestern hasn’t been lucky with their stars this year. First Burdisso, now Jasmine. Hope she has a quick recovery and be back in the water soon!

Reply to  Miguel
1 year ago

Both Italians as well

Reply to  oxyswim
1 year ago

Bad comment !!!!

Reply to  Miguel
1 year ago

Just strikes me as odd, almost like something else happened if she’s been battling this injury on and off for 2 years and the medical personnel decide that now is the time to stop and rest and get treatment. Like where was that this summer or early fall?

Reply to  anonymous
1 year ago

Sometimes you push through thinking it will get better, but you get to a certain point where you can seriously damage things if you keep going. Clearly, she hit that point recently.

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