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BHS girls swimmer shatters state record

BARRINGTON – Barrington High School sophomore Kirsten Jacobsen broke a state record in the finals of the girls swimming state meet on Saturday at New Trier Township High School in Winnetka.

Swimming the 200-yard freestyle, Jacobsen finished at 1:46:98, breaking the 2005 record held by Kelly McNichols of Naperville Central. The previous record was 1:47:17.

Jacobsen said Monday she had not expected to shatter this record.

"I knew if I stayed with the top racers in the first half of the swim, I'd be able to bring it home and beat them," Jacobsen said. "But I'm still shocked I broke the record. I had no idea."

Jacobsen also won the 500-yard freestyle on Saturday, repeating her reign as state champion in the event. Jacobsen swam this event at 4:46:93 – just under the current state record, but three seconds faster than last year.

"I was only two-tenths of a second off the 500-free record," Jacobsen said. "My goal is to beat that record next year."

The BHS girls swimming team placed 13th in the state competition with a total of 43 points. Maintaining four-year champion status, New Trier placed first with 160.5 points.

Jacobsen said New Trier is a tough team.

"I like competing with New Trier because they push us hard," Jacobsen said.

Four girls represented the BHS team on Saturday and only one will be graduating. Jacobsen said she hopes to return to state next year with the same three girls, as well as a few more, to place in the top 10.

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