“It’s clearly a boon for our team,” Tritons coach Jeff Olsen said. “We’re excited to have both Jensen’s experience as a student-athlete at the Division I level and also someone working at Iowa Central who genuinely cares about swimming and swimmers.”
Ried is a 2011 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he lettered as a distance swimmer in two seasons and was voted team captain his senior year. His Bachelor of Science degree from A&M is in University Studies with a Leadership specialization.
His best meet as an Aggie was the 2010 Big 12 Championship, where he tallied 28 points which included a sixth-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle (15:52.28), a ninth-place finish in the 500 freestyle (4:33.83), and an 11th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.91). While a shoulder injury in November 2010 thwarted his final season as an Aggie, Ried continued to attend practice in a leadership role and took on responsibilities similar to those of an assistant coach throughout his senior season.
“He definitely turned a negative into a positive,” Olsen said. “Once he was forced out of the water, if there was a way to support his team, he was going to find it.”
A graduate of Cypress Creek H.S. in the Houston area, Ried spent his freshman year swimming at Indiana University. Ried has also served as a counselor at the Aggie Swim Camp, working with swimmers from ages 8 to 17 in stroke development and refinement.