Swimming: Royals’ Young places sixth in 200, 500 at state

Jessica Young swims in the 500 freestyle finals at the U of M. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Jessica Young swims in the 500 freestyle finals at the U of M. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Rogers sophomore Jessica Young got on the podium twice. (Photo by Bruce Strand)
Rogers sophomore Jessica Young got on the podium twice. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

by Bruce Strand

bruce.strand@ecm-inc.com

 

Rogers swimmer Jessica Young picked up two sixth-place medals at the state Class A meet on Saturday at the University of Minnesota.

“It was great to get on the podium and move up a few notches this year,” said Young, who placed 10th in the 200 at state a year ago. “I had fun. I love racing.”

Young was a little faster than her prelim time 1:56.90 in the 200 and a bit slower in the 500 (5:14.45).

Winning the 200 was Mankato West sophomore Chantal Nack (1:51.64) while Chisago Lakes junior Thomasin Lee took the 500 gold (5:00.72).

Young said it was more enjoyable this year with a Rogers teammate (Alaina Sylvester in breaststroke) also qualifying for state, and hopes for an even bigger contingent next year.

“I think Rogers can eventually be a great team,” she said. “Our relay team was only three-tenths away.”

Young, a sophomore, earned a place on the medal stand in the 200 freestyle with 1:57.73 and the 500 freestyle with 5:14.45.

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