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Jayhawk Swimmers Continue To Shine

Earn All-American Status In 3 Events

Above is Jamestown Community College’s All-American 200-yard freestyle relay team. From the left are Jade Vidas, Tia Moppert, Karianne Yuchnitz and Anna Burt. Their efforts Thursday highlighted another banner effort for the Jayhawks at the NJCAA Championships. They’ll be back at it beginning at 9:30 this morning. Submitted photo

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — It was yet another successful day for the Jamestown Community College women’s swimming team, earning All-American status in three events at day two of the National Junior College Athletic Association Swimming & Diving National Championship.

Sophomore Karianne Yuchnitz (Panama, NY/Panama Central) set a new school record in the 100-yard butterfly with the time of 1:03.33 in the preliminary rounds. Yuchnitz broke the record held by freshman Tia Moppert (Gowanda, NY/Gowanda Central) who set it with the time of 1:08.35 at the end of March. Moppert also competed in the preliminary round, posting a time of 1:06.42.

In the championship round, Yuchnitz improved her time and once again set a new school record, swimming a time of 1:02.44 and placing eighth, earning All-American status. Moppert also improved on her time to finish ninth place with a time of 1:05.57.

Freshman Jade Vidas (Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa/Parktown HS for Girls) also competed in the 100-yard butterfly, posting a time of 1:08.61 in the prelims. In the championship round, Vidas finished with a new personal best 1:08.01 and placed 12th.

Freshman Anna Burt (Jamestown, NY/Jamestown HS) posted a time of 32.49 in the 50-yard backstroke. In the championship round, Burt posted a personal best of 31.78 and finished 12th. Freshman Alyssa Hanesworth (Randolph, NY/Randolph HS) also competed in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 40.00 in the prelims. In the championship round, Hanesworth placed 15th with a new personal best, 37.83.

The Jayhawks also performed in the relay races, earning All-American honors in the 200-yard freestyle relay and in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Vidas, Moppert, Burt, and Yuchnitz posted a new school record, finishing with a time of 1:45.05 to finish fourth.

In the 400-yard medley relay, the team of Lillian Baer (Jamestown, NY/Maple Grove HS), Burt, Moppert and Yuchnitz also set a new record with a time of 4:36.68 to finish fourth.

As a team, Jamestown CC currently sits in fourth with 158 team points.

“These kids are really swimming so well,” Jayhawks coach Todd Conklin said. “I feel like, yes, (Wednesday) was a fantastic day, but today was just as great. Every single kid swam their best times. They continue to swim at high levels and to break both relay records and Karianne breaking the another record, goes to show what the kids have done and the effort they have put in the these last few months.”

The Jayhawks will be back in action today for day three of the national event. Competition begins at 9:30 a.m.

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