THIS SEASON: A 2006 sophomore, Rhi Jeffrey is primed for a breakout year. After her freshman season ended in the Fall, Jeffrey is ready to re-assume her place as one of the country's top freestylers in the sprint and middle distances. An Olympic medalist from 2004, Jeffrey will also lend a huge hand to Troy's relays.
2005: Jeffrey competed in the Fall of 2004 as a freshman for the Trojans, but was not available to compete in the Spring of 2005. Still, her times in the 50y free (22.62) and 100y free (49.23) were the fastest on the year for the Trojans ... After the season, she competed at the 2005 U.S. World Championship Trials, where she competed in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle.
HIGH SCHOOL: Not long after graduating from Atlantic High in Delray, Fla., Jeffrey competed at the 2004 Olympics, earning a gold medal as part of the 4x200m free relay (she swam a prelim leg) ... Jeffrey earned her Olympic spot by finishing fourth in the 200m free (1:59.79) at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, where she also made the semifinals of the 100m free ... A four-year prep All-American, she was an eight-time state champion and was South Florida's most decorated prep swimmer ... She won two gold medals at the 2003 World Championships, helping the U.S. to victories in the 400m and 800m free relays. She also reached the finals of the 200m free at the same meet ... Jeffrey won her first U.S. national title at the 2003 Spring Nationals, winning the 100m free. She was also second in the 200m free and eighth in the 50m free ... She won a silver medal on the 400m free relay at the 2002 Pan Pacific Championships and posted a combined four finals appearance at the 2002 U.S. Spring and Summer Nationals.
PERSONAL: She was born on Oct. 25, 1986, and plans to major in psychology at USC ... She lists USC great Lindsay Benko as her biggest sports hero.
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