Year: Sophomore
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
High School: Cathedral Catholic
Major: Pre-Health


Honors & Awards

  • One Letter (2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2019)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017, 2018; Spring 2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018, 2019)

2018-19 (Outlook)
Jessica Pentlarge hopes to see improved times and finishes in the pool in her second season at Nebraska. The sophomore from San Diego proved herself as one of Nebraska’s top sprint freestylers as a true freshman, while also competing in the 100 backstroke. In addition to her early performance in the pool, Pentlarge got off to a solid start in the classroom by earning a pair of spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.

2017-18 (Freshman)
Pentlarge had a solid first year as a Husker, racking up 10 top-five finishes, including two victories. She set three career bests, with one coming at the 2018 Big Ten Championships. At the conference meet, she set a then-career best in the 200-yard freestyle, racing to a time of 1:49.24. She also competed in the 100 back (38th) and the 100 free (44th). Pentlarge added two more career bests at the Mizzou Invite in the 50 free (23.71) and in the 100 free (50.52). She also got off to a strong start in the classroom, claiming spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2017-18. She was also a member of the 2018 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Pentlarge was a three-time Junior National qualifier and was named the MVP of North Coast Aquatics. A four-time state record holder in the 100 back, 100 free and the 200 and 400-yard free relays, Pentlarge helped Cathedral Catholic High School to the CIF Championships four consecutive years, earning three consecutive runner-up finishes before capturing the 2017 CIF title. She also is the CIF Division II record holder in the 100 free and 400 free relay. An All-American and a team captain, Pentlarge was the 2017 CIF section swimmer of the year. Pentlarge excelled in the classroom and community. The National Honor Society member earned spots on the honor roll all four years and was selected for the California Scholarship Federation.

The daughter of Jack and Carol Pentlarge, Jessica was born July 20, 1999 in Oceanside, Calif. Jessica has one sister, Catie. A pre-health major, she earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2019. She is a three-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. She was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2018 and 2019. She chose Nebraska over Purdue, Washington State and Arkansas.

Career-Best Times

Event Times Meet (Date)
50 Free 23.71 Mizzou Invite (2017)
100 Free 50.52 Mizzou Invite (2017)
200 Free 1:49.24 Big Ten Championships (2018)
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