A local Junior National Champion in the 200 backstroke in 1997 who became a standout swimmer at Poly High School, where she was on a CIF Championship team and was an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke. She continued swimming at college powerhouse Auburn University where her career boasts three national titles, one second-place finish and where she was an eleven-time All-American.
It was during her freshman year in 2003, where she set the pace for her noteworthy collegiate career by placing seventh in the 100 backstroke (54.98) and eighth in the 200 backstroke (2:00.78) at the SEC Championships. During her sophomore year, Jeri was a semi-finalist in both the 100 (1:03.94) and 200 (2:18.40) backstrokes at Olympic Trials. At the 2005 World Championships, she swam the first leg in the preliminary round with the U.S. 4×100 medley team that went on to earn silver and turned in a new PR in the 200m backstroke with a time of 2:13.64. That year she earned All-American honors in the 100 and 200 backstroke and was an honorable mention All-American in the 100 fly.
Jeri capped off her athletic achievements with a memorable senior year in 2005-2006. She had her highest career finish at the SEC Championship as she was runner-up in both the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke. In the NCAA Championship, she swam the third leg on the 200, 400 and 800 free relays that placed third nationally and she finished those NCAA’s with five All-American honors. For this and other accomplishments, Jeri was awarded the Auburn Swimming and Diving Award, which is given to the student-athlete who demonstrates scholarship, leadership and performance. In 2006, Jeri was part of the first Auburn University team to be invited to the White House for ceremony which honored the national championship team.