In his second year at the helm at Alabama, head coach Dennis Pursley continued his turnaround of the program as the Tide had both an SEC Champion and NCAA Champion for the first time since 2007
Alabama Highlights: 2016 - Junior: Competed at the home meet against Georgia Tech in the 200 medley relay, 100 and 200 backstroke, and 100 butterfly … competed at the long course home meet against Tennessee in the 100-meter and 200m backstroke and 100m and 200m butterfly … scored at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational in the 100 butterfly, taking 16th, 100 and 200 backstroke, taking 14th in both … also competed in the 50 freestyle, 400 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay and 200 butterfly at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational … scored at South Carolina in the 100 backstroke, taking fourth … also competed in the 200 backstroke at South Carolina … scored at the opening meet at Delta State in the 400 medley relay, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, taking third in both … also competed in the 400 freestyle relay at Delta State.
2015 - Sophomore: Posted career-best times in the 100 backstroke (48.30) and 200 backstroke (1:46.14) as well as the 100 butterfly (47.97) and 200 butterfly (1:47.54) at the Bulldog Invite … named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … honorable mention CSCAA Scholar All-American … earned a place on the Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the spring semester … carries a 3.691 cumulative GPA into his junior year.
2014 - Freshman: Competed in the individual medley, backstroke and butterfly events during the regular season … posted four career-best times at the Bulldog Invitational in the butterfly and backstroke events … named to SEC Academic Honor Roll … earned a place on the President’s List (4.0 GPA) for the fall semester and a place on the Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the spring semester.
Prep Highlights: Swam for Amanda Galbraith at Memphis Home Education Association and Dan Schultz at Memphis Thunder Aquatic Club … two-time Scholastic All-American … 2013 NISCA All American … fourth in 100 backstroke and individual medley at the state championships … set Shelby County record in the 200 individual medley … help set records in the 200 individual medley relay, 200 freestyle relay, and 400 freestyle relay for Shelby County … helped team win back to back Shelby County championships … helped team finish second in 2012 Tennessee State Championships … Junior National qualifier … High Point winner at 2013 Senior Long Course Zones.
Personal Information: Full name: Jacob William Kelsoe … son of Fay and Jim Kelsoe … brother, Cooper … sister, Katie … marketing major … born April 22, 1994.