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TeNiya Jones, 19, a University of Kentucky student, disappeared
recently while swimming on a Tel Aviv beach in Israel. Jones is from Fort Myers, Florida.
Kinfay Moroti, news-press.com

A 19-year-old Florida student in an exchange program in the Middle East drowned on visits to Tel Aviv, after family members

TeNiya Jones, 19, from Fort Myers missing since Saturday night

The second year university corps of the University of Kentucky in a seven-week exchange program in Jordan, washed ashore on an Israeli beach early Monday, The Times of Israel . Jones had disappeared from a beach in Tel Aviv, a suburb of Bat Yam, after swimming in the water with two friends, swimming late at night, and getting caught in a torrent in the Mediterranean.

The friends, also trapped in the current, were able to come ashore and rush to call authorities, according to a Kentucky University press release. Jones and her friends – a 20-year-old woman from the District of Columbia attending the University of Kentucky – and a 21-year-old Illinois man attending West Virginia University in Morgantown decided to go on a weekend trip Israel, before returning to the United States Friday

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In summer, the University of Kentucky, based in Lexington, Kentucky, an intensive Arabic-language study program in Amman, Jordan. Jones was a biology major with a minor in Islamic Studies who had earned a place in the University's pre-medical program.

"It should start on August 23," Jones's mom, Tosha Thomas-Mora, said before she collapsed tears.

"She has worked her (butt) on, she's really mature for her age, she realized she's going to break down and get up again is part of the success."

Guy Thomas, Fort Myers, Florida

Jones also hoped to become a companion to Kentucky's track team next season.

Jones had been an athlete at Fort Myers & # 0; Dunbar High School, winning 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles in county and district titles before winning silver at the Regionals events. As a sophomore, she won a regional championship in the 300-meter hurdles before she suffered an ACL rift.

"She has tried her (butt)," said Jones & # 39; former coach Guy Thomas. "She's really mature for her age, and she realized falling down and getting up was part of the success."

In 2017, Jones returned to second place at the Lee County Athletic Championships. A few weeks later she won a regional crown in the 100 hurdles.

"She came back when everyone was at their peak and she was not," he said. "And she still showed us everything."

Jones mother, Thomas-Mora, is expected to leave Monday for Israel, arriving Tuesday.

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"I'm destroyed, I'm really destroyed, why are you doing this?" Said Thomas, Jones, former track trainer. "She's great at everything she does. She was No. 1 in the service of her community. 1 in the classroom. "

Post: Adam Regan, Fort Myers (Fla.) News Press; Thomas Novelly, Louisville (Ky.) Courier Journal. Follow Melanie Payne and Dan DeLuca on Twitter: @TellMel and @NewsPressDan

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