by Bruce Strand
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.