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Former Bulldog swimmer shines at Modesto JC
Jaymie Lenz generated many memories during her two-year career with the Modesto Junior College women's swimming team.

"It was really fun because I had a good team," the 2007 Ceres High graduate said. "That was my favorite thing."

Lenz earned 10 All-American certificates, made back-to-back appearances at the state competition and served as team captain during her final season.

"Jaymie possesses all the qualities you want for a team captain," Pirates head coach Kurt Olson said. "She believes in the program. She makes all the workouts on time and works hard. She takes care of the whole team and is not a clicky type of personality. She is an amazing student and somebody to count on in a pinch, and is very level headed. These days, those qualities are very hard to find."

Jaymie was All-American in five events as a sophomore, including the 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.

"I've never enjoyed swimming that much until this year," she said. "I met my expectations."

Lenz helped propel the Pirates to a ninth-place finish in a field of 26 at the 2009 California Community College Athletic Association Swim Championships, held April 23-25, at the Belmont Pool Plaza in Long Beach.

She took eighth in the 50 breast (31.90).

Lenz, Meghan Devlin, Erica Crain and Jessica Little teamed up to place fourth in the 200 free relay (1:39.07).

The 400 medley relay team of Lenz, Devlin, Crain and Nicole Scudder finished ninth overall (4:08.07).

Jaymie placed fourth in the 50 breast and 12th in the 100 breast at the Big 8 Conference Championships.

She was also a member of Modesto Junior College's third-place 200 free relay team (1:38.12), and fourth-place 200 medley (1:49.88) and 400 medley (4:04.12) squads.

"We shattered school records (in the 200 free and 400 medley relays)," Jaymie said.

Lenz earned All-American honors in two individual events (50 and 100 breast) and three relays (200 free, 200 medley and 400 medley) during her freshman campaign.

"I had two really great years," she said.

Lenz joined the Modesto Junior College swim team following a two-year break from a sport she quit to focus on academics at Stanislaus State.

She decided to make a comeback because she missed the sport and team camaraderie.

"When I got out there, I thought I'd still be good," she said. "I was really out of shape. My times were horrible. It was discouraging. I worked hard and improved."

Added Olson: "Her dad and I had to talk her into swimming her first year. It cracks me up to think about that now, considering who she is now and how far she has come. I only wish I had another two years to work with her."

Jaymie is considering continuing her swim career at Cal State Northridge.