Jacqui is fairly new to the triathlon world and this year is the first year she has really devoted time to training for triathlons.
She graduated from the University of Illinois in 2008. She is now a 7th grade math teacher as well as a track coach. In college she participated in track and cross country.
Jacqui competed in the 2012 Hy-Vee Triathlon and placed 4th overall female (beating out three elites). She hopes that she can place even higher this year since she has really started to devote time to swimming and biking this off-season.
She has only competed in a handful of triathlons but her most memorable race was placing first in the Eagleman 70.3 in June of this year. When she got married on October 13, 2012, she told her husband jokingly that they should try to qualify for Kona since it would be on their one year wedding anniversary. They found a great Olympic coach and started training.
Jacqui has been a long time runner, but after straining her Achilles while training for the 2007 Chicago Marathon she continued training for the marathon by biking and swimming. The endurance she gained from biking and swimming helped her to get back on track and she was able to compete in Chicago. She did triathlons for fun after graduating school in 2008 and was only biking an hour a week. She decided to increase her swimming training for the 2012 Hy-Vee Triathlon by training with a local youth tri team in the area. Her training in all areas has paid off as she was named 2012 Chicago Athlete of the Year, by Chicago Athlete Magazine and is a 2013 Kona qualifier.
A Bison burger and a beer is what Jacqui needs the night before each race.
She loves to train in the morning since that is what she has been doing since High School. She prefers to run any other time of day except the evenings, but swimming and biking can be done any time of day.