2011-12 (SENIOR): Received a hardship waiver during the 2011-12 season.
2010-11 (JUNIOR): At the Big 12 Championships, finished fifth in the 100 back (48.82) and 200 back (1:45.60) ... Posted second place finishes in the 50 back (24.55) and 100 back (52.75) at the Show-Me Showdown ... Claimed first in the 200 back (1:51.15) against Kentucky and SIU ... Came in first in the 200 back (1:48.25) and third in the 100 back (49.41) at the Mizzou Invite ... Also took first in the 200 back (1:48.68) against Drury ... Named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team.
2009-10 (SOPHOMORE): Recorded his best times at the Big 12 Championships, where he finished eighth in the 100 back (49.13) as well as seventh place in the 200 back (1:44.91)... Was a member of the 200 medley relay team that placed fourth at the Tiger Invitational (1:33.54)...
2008-09 (FRESHMAN) - took eighth at the Big 12 Championship in the 200 backstroke (1:46.88) and the 100 backstroke (50.84), and sixth in the 400 IM (4:02.49)...finished third in the 200 backstroke (1.51.08) at the Mizzou Invitational...
HIGH SCHOOL - Appeared at the 2008 Junior Nationals, where he finished eighth in the 200 medley (1:34.40) ... member of the 2008 Illinois state champion 200 medley relay team ... earned All-America honors ... member of school record holding 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams ... swam for St. Charles Swim Club under coach Tim Lewarchick.
PERSONAL - John Higgins is the son of John and Bonnie Higgins ... has one sister, Brittany (21) ... majoring in engineering.
Why did you choose Missouri?
After visiting Mizzou, I knew I was going to go here. From the facilities to the team, it was the right fit for me.
How has the program at Mizzou made you a better swimmer?
Over the past few years, I have vastly improved in my underwaters. Almost every day, practice will include some sort of underwater set.
What is your best memory with the team?
My best memory would have to be traveling to Texas with the men's team for the Southwest Plunge.
Favorite food:Pizza What's on your iPod:Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., Eminem, B.o.B. Favorite sports star:Ryan Dempster (pitcher for the Cubs) Favorite movie:Boondock Saints Quote to live by:"Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It's something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success." -Vince Lombardi