|Birth||1 July 1991|
Jessica Evelyn Pengelly (born 1 July 1991) is a South African-born Australian swimmer, who specializes in freestyle and individual medley events. A 2008 Olympian, she has claimed multiple South African championship titles and national records in the individual medley (both 200 and 400 m), and won a total of five medals (three silver and two bronze) at the 2007 All-Africa Games in Algiers, Algeria. Pengelly also set two South African records in the freestyle relays at the 2008 FINA World Short Course Championships in Manchester, England, and at the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China.
Pengelly competed as South Africa’s youngest swimmer (aged 17) in a medley double at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She took the women’s 400 m individual medley title in 4:41.35 and eventually fired off a 2:15.22 to crush the national record in the 200 m individual medley at the South African Championships four months earlier in Johannesburg to assure her a place on the Olympic team, both dipping beneath the FINA Olympic qualifying cut.
On the first night of the Games, Pengelly held off the fast-charging French swimmer Joanne Andraca to save the seventh spot and twenty-first overall by 2.84 seconds in heat five of the 400 m individual medley, finishing with a time of 4:41.04. Two days later, in the 200 m individual medley, Pengelly scored a time of 2:15.80 to touch out the daunting Dutch swimmer Femke Heemskerk by almost a quarter of her body-length for the fifth spot in heat two, but missed the semifinals with a twenty-sixth-place finish from the prelims.
Pengelly emigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 2010, after completing high school, where she trains for the West Coast Swimming Club. She will compete for Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow.