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Jackson swimming’s Ava Walters becomes two-time all-state medalist

Jackson sophomore Ava Walters took seventh place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.53 seconds to earn all-state honors in the Class 2 State Meet at the St. Peters Rec-Plex last week. Submitted photo

Last week in the Class 2 State Championship Meet at the St. Peters Rec-Plex, the Jackson girls swimming team competed in three events and placed in the top eight once for an all-state finish.

Earning all-state was none other than Indians sophomore Ava Walters, who did so by taking seventh place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.53 seconds.

This was the second year in a row Walters took home an all-state medal in the 100 backstroke and broke her school record of 58.97 seconds she set in last year’s state meet.

Winning the event was Timberland junior Isabelle Ackley as she finished the race at 54.46 to take home the individual state championship. Three other swimmers also finished the race in under 58 seconds.

Walters also competed in another event individually as she took 20th in the 200-yard individual medley at 2:15.94. This put Ava four spots shy of advancing to the consolation finals.

Winning the 200 individual medley was Parkway South senior Kylee Sullivan with a time of 2:01.88 as four other swimmers finished the race under the 2:10 mark.

Along with swimming in two events, Walters was a member of Jackson state-qualifying 200-yard medley relay team.

On the relay team with Walters were Indian seniors Maddie Dean, Courtney Huckabee and junior Emma Morris.

They completed the race at the 2:01.84-mark, which put them in 30th place out of the 32 teams competing as Parkway South won the event by posting a time of 1:46.25.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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