Jackson’s performance helped lead the Bears to a 145-117 season-opening win on 5 Nov. over visiting Colorado Mesa University.
“When we first walked out I will admit my nerves got the best of me, especially when I was about to dive in for my first collegiate race,” Jackson told the Compass of her first competitive college meet. “After that I realised I’ve raced before, it’s just a new atmosphere, and the rest of the meet was nerve-free.”
Jackson’s top individual finish came in the women’s 100-yard freestyle where she finished second in a time of 54.06 seconds. She also placed sixth in the women’s 200 free with a time of 1:58.6.
She teamed up with Madelyn Moore, Katelyn Bergin and Saana Liikonen to lead the Bears’ 400-yard freestyle relay team to a first-place finish in 3:30.3.
Jackson’s 200 medley relay team took third by clocking 1:50.75.
Jackson’s sister, Sarah Jackson, is also a member of the UNC women’s swimming programme although she did not compete in the season opener.
Northern Colorado returns to the pool 19-21 Nov. for the A3 Performance Invitational, which will be hosted by Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo.
The Bears compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association, the top-tier of college athletics in the United States.
They compete in the Western Athletic Conference, where they finished sixth at last year’s conference championships.