Year of Service: 19th season
Hometown: Ewing, NJ
Education: BA, Communications, Trenton State College
The 2019-2020 season marks the 19th season for Jennifer Harnett '93, who leads TCNJ’s women’s swimming and diving program after excelling as a student-athlete at Trenton State.
In 2018-19, Harnett guided TCNJ to a second place finish out of 17 teams in the Metropolitan Conference Championships. TCNJ tallied 1,147.5 points to put forth its best finish since the 2016 season. In January, Harnett recorded her 100th career win when the Lions defeated Kean 119-52. All of her 101 wins have come at TCNJ.
Harnett and the Lions captured eight straight New Jersey Athletic Conference titles between 2009 and 2016. The squad won 34 consecutive NJAC dual meets beginning in the 2008-09 season before coming to an end during the 2016-17 campaign. The women's team won five consecutive Metropolitan (MET) Conference Championship from 2008 through 2012 after finishing runner-up in 2007. The Lions have won eight MET titles during Harnett's tenure.
Harnett was selected as the MET Coach of the Year in 2012 for the seventh time. She has also been tabbed NJAC Coach of the Year seven times.
TCNJ has enjoyed tremendous success in recent years at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving national championships. They placed 17th overall in 2013, which came off two of the best finishes in program history when TCNJ finished fifth in the country in 2011 and 7th in 2012.
During her first 14 seasons at TCNJ, the Lions have had 81 NCAA Division III Championship qualifiers with 40 of those going on to earn All-American honors. With Harnett at the helm, Danica Roskos won four national titles in diving competition and Ava Kiss captured the 100-butterfly national championship in 2008.
In 2011-12, Laura Pierce became the most decorated swimming in program history, eclipsing the record of 18 All-American citations established by Harnett as a swimmer at Trenton State College.
An alumna of the College, Harnett earned 18 All-America citations during her collegiate career. Specializing in the 200 individual medley and the 100- and 200-free, she placed in the top eight every year at the NCAAs in her respective events.
Considered the school’s most successful female swimmer, Harnett was recognized as the College Female Athlete of the Year by the New Jersey Sports Writers’ Association as a senior in 1993. She was also named the 1993 NJAC Woman Athlete of the Year after earning four straight selections as the MET Most Valuable Swimmer during her career.
Harnett was awarded the school’s Varsity “T” Award as the top senior female athlete in 1993 and held several school records including the 200-free and the 200-IM. She was listed in the 1993–94 edition of Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Harnett was inducted into TCNJ’s Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2005. She currently chairs the event committee for the TCNJ Athletics Hall of Fame.