WINTER PARK, Fla. (September 14, 2011) - Former University of Florida All-American and Olympic Trials finalist Jamie Reid Abernethy has joined the Rollins swimming staff, head coach Dr. Rich Morris announced.

"Jamie joining the team is very exciting for our program," said Morris. "Her high level of experience and familiarity with coaching in the area will help get our teams to the next level."

Reid Abernethy was a four-year letter winner for the Gators and earned her degree in 2007. She was a three-time national champion in the 200m backstroke and gold medalist at the 2003 Pan Am Games. Reid Abernethy also was part of the winning 400m-medley relay team at the Short Course World Championships in Athens, Greece.

She was named All-Southeastern Conference four times as well as a member of the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll. Reid Abernethy earned All-America honors in 2003 in the 200-yard backstroke, posting the second fastest time in UF history in the event.

She took off the 2004 season at Florida to prepare for the Olympic Games, finishing in the semifinals of the 100 backstroke.

"Having Jamie on deck will really help our program, both in and out of the pool," added Morris. "She was a true student-athlete at UF and will bring that same attitude to the Tars."