Royals’ Young advance to swim state

By Bruce Strand

Elk River Star News


Jessica Young of Rogers won the 500 freestyle at Section 8AA on Saturday to qualify for the state swimming meet, while an Elk River foursome qualified in a relay.

Young, a junior, swam a season-best 5:19.21 at St. Cloud Tech to win by just under three seconds.

The Elks’ 200 freestyle team of Samantha Hendricks, Hannah Johnson, Marin Hayes and Taylor Odegard qualified with a second-place finish behind St. Michael-Albertville.

The Elks placed fifth and the Royals sixth among eight teams, with St. Michael-Albertville capturing the championship.

Young also placed third in the individual medley. Odegard was third in the 50 freestyle and fifth in the butterfly. Sylvester was fourth in the breaststroke and Emma Johnson fifth in the backstroke.

The state meet will be held Nov. 18-19-20 at the University of Minnesota.