February 18, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - One of the most decorated female swimmers in Indiana's prestigious history, Jenn Cristy had decided to master another field - the music industry. The 10-time All-American was back in Bloomington for the Championships and stopped by to perform the national anthem tonight.
"It's awesome. I'm running into a lot of teammates I haven't seen in four years," said Cristy on performing tonight. "It's so exciting. The last time I went to a Big Ten meet I was in it, so it's pretty strange."
Cristy's accomplishments in the pool are undeniable She received All-America honors in the 50 free all four years. Cristy placed eighth as a freshman and sophomore, 10th as a junior and in her senior campaign finished third.
As a senior in 2001, she received Honorable Mention All-America status in the 200 free relay, the 400 free relay, the 800 free relay and the 100 freestyle. She was part of the 13th-place 200 free relay, 12th-place 800 free relay, 13th-place 200 medley relay and 14th-place 400 medley relay. Cristy was a six-time Big Ten Champion and was recognized as the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships in 2001. She won titles in the 50 free, 100 free, and was part of the 200 free relay in 2001. She won the 50 free Big Ten Championship in 1998 and 1999.
She also has proved to be equally successful out of the pool. On Jan. 21, she came back to Bloomington and performed at Second Story in accordance with the release of her debut CD, Becoming.
"I am thrilled," Cristy said of her release. "It is quite a milestone for a recording artist. You only have one CD debut. From there on, it is only a CD release. It is a really exciting time for me."
Additionally, she has written close to 200 songs in her 25 years and has entertained audiences all over North America as both a member of John Mellencamp's band and as a solo performer. Mellencamp, a strong supporter of Indiana Athletics, discovered Cristy while hearing her sing the national anthem at IU sporting events.
After touring with one of Indiana's favorite sons and the successful release of her CD, Cristy has no plans on slowing down.
"Hopefully, we can get an opening act and go on tour this summer," said Cristy. " Right now, we have a lot of performances planned for the spring."
As far as performing in town again, Cristy's next act is schedule for April 1 at Second Story. She is scheduled to hit the stage at 9 p.m.