One of Our Own

Posted: April 2, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Women's Sports

In ’99, she was inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame.  In ’94, she started her work as an assistant in IU Women’s Athletics.  Jump to ’96, and she became the Assistant to Directors.

Jennifer Brinegar was borned and raised in Bloomington, and are we ever lucky to still have her here.

She placed 6th in the 200 freestyle and swam on the gold medal 400 freestyle relay team in the preliminaries while representing the United States at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. She also was the American and U.S. record holder and national champion in the 500 and 1650 freestyle in 1977, the captain of the 1981 Big Ten Championship swimming and diving team, and won seven individual Big Ten titles during her collegiate career.

When asked what she thinks about the Hall of Fame, Brinegar responded,

It never crosses my mind. I’ve been around here for so much of my life, this is like home.

Home it is.


Brinegar received her B.S. in Business in 1984 after competing on the Women’s Swimming and Diving Team for four years.  After she graduated, she worked in the auto industry.  Next, she wen ton to receive a J.D. from Vanderbilt University.  She practiced law in St. Louis, Mo. and Rochester, Minn. before her return back to Bloomington to work in college athletics.  In 1996, she received a M.S. in Sports Management from IU.

It seems as is there is nothing this woman cannot do.



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