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)

 

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

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

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

“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.”

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