Wellington swimmer Jensen Lynnes will be the first Crusader to swim at state events

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
Jensen Lynnes competing in a swimming event

WELLINGTON, Kansas - In the history of Crusaders athletics, they have never had a swimmer. However, that changed this year as Wellington's Jensen Lynnes became the first Crusader swimmer in program history.

In the regular season, Lynnes has been swimming as part of the Winfield swimming team. In the postseason, she has classified herself as a Wellington swimmer. 

"It's been very exciting representing Wellington as the first swimmer and qualifier for state," said Jensen Lynnes. "I appreciate the opportunity Wellington gave me when they approved the co-op swim relationship with Winfield. It's been a great season."

As a sophomore, Lynnes placed fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with a new personal record of 57.50 seconds in the ACVTL meet. Also, she placed fourth in the 100-yard backstroke with a new personal record of 1:06.55 and scored 30 points for Wellington.

Jensen Lynnes poses for a picture after events

Lynnes qualified for four events at the state meet at the Topeka-Capital Federal Natatorium. Those events are the 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley. She is ranked top-25 in the state in each of these events.

She will enter the state meet as an individual swimmer, so she'll compete in two events. The events Lynnes will participate in are the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle.

"I have a pretty open mindset going into state this weekend," said Lynnes. "I know my body is ready to perform and the whole season has been leading up to this. Now, it's just go  have fun and try my hardest."

Lynnes will swim on Saturday, May 22 with swimming events starting at 3:45 p.m.