Jensen Lynnes represents Wellington at 5-1A State Meet for the first time in school history

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
Salina Central’s Olivia Moore (from left), Wellington’s Jensen Lynnes, Winfield’s Emma Moore, McPherson’s Danica Brunk, Andover High School’s Reagan Bayliff, and Wichita Collegiate’s Katherine Grace dives in to start the 100-year freestyle in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division II-IV Championships at Salina South natatorium on Friday. McPherson’s Danica Brunk finished in first place with a time of 53.03.

TOPEKA, Kansas - When the season started, Wellington's Jensen Lynnes made history by becoming the first swimmer in Crusaders' history. Lynnes continued to make history as she would be the first Crusader to qualify for the 5-1A State Swim Meet and score points for Wellington in the state events. 

Before reaching the state meet in Topeka, Kansas, at the Hummer Sports Complex, Lynnes finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (57.50) and 100-yard backstroke (1:06.55) in the ACVTL meet.

The Wellington sophomore qualified in four events for the State Meet, but as she entered in as an individual swimmer since Wellington doesn't have a swim team. Lynnes swam as part of the Winfield swimming team but in the postseason, she classified herself as a Wellington swimmer. 

The two events Lynnes swam in at the State Meet were the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle. Lynnes finished in 13th out of 32 swimmers in the backstroke (1:05.51) and 18th out of 36 swimmers in the freestyle (57.56). 

"Competing at state had such a different atmosphere than the other meets," said Wellington swimmer Jensen Lynnes. "The hype was turned up all the way up the whole time. It was the most fun I have had at a swim meet in a long time."

There were 45 teams represented in the 5-1A State Meet and Wellington finished in 33rd place with four points. Lynnes, the only Wellington swimmer, tied with Leavenworth, beat Coffeyville-Field Kindley, Lawrence-Bishop and Buhler. 

Wichita-Bishop Carroll won the event with 282 points, Wichita-Kapaun came in second with 237 points and Lenexa-Saint James finished in third with 162 points. 

With the gesture of Wellington neighbors, Jensen will have the opportunity to swim in a couple of neighbors' pools this offseason. Also, as being part of the Winfield swimming team, Jensen will have access to the swimming pool at Southwestern College.

The Crusaders don't have an indoor pool or have access to a pool like Winfield. Also, Winfield has allowed Jensen to be a part of their swim team next season.

"Next year, I would love to be on the podium," said Lynnes. "I am going to continue to swim with my club team, the Wichita Aqua Shocks. Also, this summer, I'm hoping to add some strength training to my routine."