Jillian Cudney is a standout athlete who expertly balances her college education, athletics, and extracurriculars. At ten years old, she began swimming competitively, and knew from a young age that swimming was a passion she wanted to pursue. Cudney logged long hours in the pool training and competing with Patriot Swimming. She attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut where her stellar swimming career caught the attention of Tufts University.
As a sophomore freestyle and butterfly specialist on the Tufts Swim and Dive Team, Cudney placed first in the 100-yard Free and second in the 50-yard Free to help her team place first overall in the 2022 NESCAC Women’s Championship. She was also part of the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay teams that both placed first. Cudney also helped the Tufts Swim Team place seventh overall in the Division III NCAA’s, which is the best result the Tufts swimmers had posted since 1982.
In addition to swimming at Tufts, Cudney participates in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC). Growing up, Cudney always wanted to give back to her community, and about halfway through her senior year of high school, she decided she wanted to serve her country. By participating in AFROTC, Cudney will commission as a second lieutenant upon graduation, and she will serve a minimum of four years. The program includes leadership-based training and practicing military customs and drills. While Cudney does not get to choose her assignment after graduation, she hopes to become a 15W Weather Officer. Cudney finds that the training, team camaraderie, and leadership she gains from being on a college swim team helps her navigate ROTC. Despite having very little free time, she loves being a member of the swimming and ROTC programs. She finds that both activities mutually benefit one another and have given her some unique and interesting opportunities.
Cudney is pursuing a Biochemistry degree at Tufts University and is passionate about sustainability, agricultural engineering, and farming. After her service in the military, Cudney plans to use her biochemistry degree to help make a positive impact on the environment. Her ambition, drive, and interest in sustainability make her a great addition to the Paradis Sport family. We are so grateful to have such a multifaceted athlete who not only stands out in the pool but also in the community.