Jessica Deglau (Born May 27, 1980) was a member of the Canadian Olympic Team in swimming in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. In addition to swimming on the national team, she swam for and graduated from the University of British Columbia.
The Vancouver resident first broke the Canadian record in the 200 meter butterfly at the 1996 Olympics clocking 2:11.68 for sixth spot and bettered it two years later at the world championships, again finishing sixth.
However in the 200 fly at the 1999 Pan American Games Deglau went under the magic 2:10 barrier clocking 2:09.64, a time that would have earned her the silver medal at the 1996 Games and a bronze at the 1998 worlds. It was the second fastest time in the world in 1999 behind Australian world and Olympic champion Susie O’Neill’s 2:07.35.
Deglau won the 1996 Elaine Tanner Award, presented annually to Canada’s outstanding junior female athlete. She also won a 2003 Sport BC Athlete of the Year Award and a 2003 Premierâ€™s Athletic Award for swimming as an outstanding British Columbia athlete, and was honored as “one of the greatest swimmers in CIS history.” During her collegiate swimming career she amassed a total of 29 medals, the highest total in the history of UBC. Deglau was chosen CIS Female Swimmer of the Year in 1998-1999 and 1999-2000,
Jessica Deglau is a distant cousin of famous photographer Terry Deglau.