Jennifer Franks Hilliard

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Jenni Franks started setting records at an early age and went on to a distinguished swimming career in the 200 and 400 meter individual medleys. She did this on the collegiate, national and
international levels. With the Wilmington Athletic Club she set American records in the 400 IM at the U.S. national championships in 1974-75 and the 200 IM in August 1975. Jenni came within one
second of breaking the World 400 IM record at the 1975 Long Course Nationals which earned her a birth on national teams that competed in Japan and the Pan-American games in Mexico and New Zealand.
Earlier she competed with the U.S. Junior and Senior National teams in East and West Germany and New Zealand. At Villanova, Jenni was the swim teams’ MVP three consecutive years serving as the l981
team captain. In 1980 she became the first woman to be named Villanova University’s “Athlete of the Year”. Jenni coached at the Mobile, Alabama Aquatic Club.



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