Jen Snitker went from being a junior, to a senior and back to a junior again. Without ever putting her uniform on.
The former Bradshaw Mountain High School and Yavapai College basketball star beat the odds this week by winning an appeal with the NCAA for a "clock extension" on her college basketball career at Northern Arizona University.
What that means is that Snitker will return for her senior season at NAU in 2002-03.
After playing two years for Brad Clifford at Yavapai, Snitker redshirted at Div. 1 Marshall in 1999-00 before attending, but not playing at, NAU in '00-'01.
The Lumberjack program listed her as a junior last year when she averaged 11.3 points and shot a team-leading 49.5% from the field to help NAU to one of its best-ever seasons of 17-11 overall and 10-4 in the Big Sky Conference.
Upon closer review, however, the school discovered that Snitker had surpassed the NCAA's allotted time of five years to complete four years of athletic eligibility, despite playing during only three of those seasons.
Snitker, who has a 2 1/2-year-old daughter Jaidyn, appealed the NCAA on the basis of financial need and was reinstated this week.
"The amazing thing is that about 95% of these types of (clock) appeals are denied by the NCAA," said NAU's Assistant Athletics Media Director David Woodburn.
"It really turned out great for everybody concerned."
Snitker is the all-time scoring leader at Bradshaw Mountain and ranks among the top five in both scoring and rebounding at Yavapai.