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Cyclone of the Week

Sophmore Jessica Lix swims her heart out to become Mills College’s Cyclone of the Week. (Kurt Loeffler)

Jessica Lix is this week’s Mills College Student Athlete Cyclone of the Week.

Lix helped Mills College Swimming place 11th place with 86 points at their first ever Liberal Arts College Championship meet.

She had 14 swims over the course of three days and made the consolation final in all her individual events, as well as all four relays she participated in.

She broke three school records at this meet: in the 50 backstroke, leading off the 200 medley relay with a time of 29.79; 50 freestyle, where she placed 12th with a time of 25.71; and in the 100 freestyle, leading off the 400 freestyle relay with a split time of 56.62.

The 400 freestyle relay, along with Katie Young, Kelsey Mercado, and Kerianne Brownlie, improved the school record by more than four and a half seconds, swimming a time of 4:00.12.

Lix anchored the 200 freestyle relay, along with the same trio above, to a new school record time of 1:48.97.

She also swam the second fastest times in school history in the 100 backstroke, with a time of 1:05.23 to place 11th, and 2:22.21 in the 200 back stroke to place 12th.

According to Head Coach Neil Virtue, Jessica is a relative newcomer to competitive swimming. Lix’s ability to rise to this racing level and her natural feel for the water have allowed her to achieve these accomplishments.