Ohio HS Champion Jessica Eden Verbals to Ohio State for 2022

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Lake Erie Silver Dolphins’ Jessica Eden is staying in-state with a verbal to Ohio State’s class of 2026. She’s a junior at Hawken High School in Gates Mills, Ohio.

I chose The Ohio State University for it’s amazing coaching staff, and the great academic opportunities it provides. I also have enjoyed getting to know the team, and I have felt their support even with the limitations of covid! I can not wait to be a buckeye!! Go Bucks!!


  • 50 free – 23.91
  • 100 free – 51.58
  • 200 free – 1:51.42
  • 100 back – 55.93
  • 200 back – 2:00.55
  • 200 IM – 2:00.90
  • 400 IM – 4:20.08

Eden is the defending Ohio HS Division II Champion in the 200 IM, where she took the title in 2:01.12 after a lifetime best 2:00.90 in prelims. She was also the 100 back runner-up (55.94), behind Ohio State ’25 commit Nyah Funderburke (54.49), and she helped Hawken to the 200 medley relay title with a 26.66 lead-off leg and the 200 free relay title with a 23.14 anchor leg.

In 2019, at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships – East, Eden scored in the 400 IM, going a lifetime best 4:20.08 to place 10th overall.

The Ohio State women just came off of a triumphant team win at the 2020 Big Ten Championships. The Buckeyes had a very deep IM group last season; five women were between 1:56.4-1:58.1 in the 200 and there were three Buckeyes under 4:10 in the 400. Eden’s 400 IM time would’ve scored at the 2020 Big Ten Champs, and her 200 IM time is just tenths off of what it took to make the C-final there.

Eden joins mid-distance freestyler Sanna Peterson in OSU’s class of 2026 on the women’s side.

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1 year ago

Congrats Jessica!! You’ll love it at there! Welcome to Buckeye Nation!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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