Jeremy McDonnell began his swimming career with his summer league in Ravensway subdivision in 1985. He joined FLEET in 1988, and in 1990 was number one in the nation in the 50 and 100 breaststrokes. He then took about two years off, and resumed swimming in 1993. In 1995 he qualified for Juniors as a freshman, and was a team member of the 1995 Champion Junior National Men’s team. In 1995 and 1996 he was a member of the Cypress Creek High School’s State and National championship teams.
In 1998, his senior year, he won the high school state 100 breaststroke in record time of 54.76 which stood for several years. During the summer, at the USA Swimming National Championships, he was the only high school finalist in the 100m breaststroke where he placed 6th with a time of 1:02.82— and that is still our team record today.
Jeremy signed with the University of Tennessee. During his collegiate career, Jeremy became a 13 time All-American where he placed third in the 2000 NCAA Championships, was the Southeastern Conference champion in the 100 breast, and was a part of the American Record setting relay in the 200 Medley at the 2001 NCAA Championships.
In 1999, he qualified to represent the USA for the World University team that competed in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, placing 5th in the 100 breaststroke and was on the Gold medal winning 400 Medley Relay. He competed in the 2000 and 2004 USA Olympic trials where he was a semi-finalist in the 100 breaststrokes. In 2003 he represented the USA at the FINA World Cup series where he was a finalist at meets in New York, Sweden, Germany and France.
His top SC yards times are: 50 breast 23.37, 100 breast 53.01, 200 breast 1:56.80, 50 free 19.79, 100 free 43.76 and the 200 IM at 1:46.63.
After his swimming career, Jeremy joined the US Air Force Special Operations Team as a Pararescueman and was in over 250 combat missions in Afghanistan. Currently Jeremy is the owner of Elevate Selection, an elite special operations training program located in Charlotte, North Carolina.