Sherando’s Jones looking to build off of stellar freshman season
STEPHENS CITY –Sherando’s Jordyn Jones had an impressive freshman season and this year she’s looking to build off of that.
The sophomore swimmer qualified for the state meet last season individually in the 100 backstroke, and said she even surprised herself with the year that she had.
“It was really cool,” Jones said. “I didn’t know I was going to make it because I was only a freshman.”
Last year might have been Jones’ first year on Sherando’s girls swim team, but it was hardly her first time in the pool.
Jones said she began swimming competitively when she was eight-years old. Two years later she began swimming with the Valley Swim Team Phoenix, located in Strasburg.
Jones said she still swims with the club team, and it’s helped her a lot.
With the Phoenix, Jones said she swims year-round and works with Phoenix coach Brad Boelter. Jones said she swims with the Phoenix four times a week and they swim all but two weeks during the year.
Jones said she doesn’t mind swimming year-round.
“The two-week break, it gives you a chance to rest a little bit,” Jones said. “But it’s kind of all year, so I have to get used to it.”
Last season, Jones made a big impact at Sherando. She finished ninth in the region in the 100 backstroke to qualify for the state meet, where she placed 19th.
Jones said that the state meet, which was held in Richmond, was a very good experience.
“It was really cool, because we had roommates in the hotel,” Jones said. “And we got to stay there. And it was really fun to go to dinner with the team, and then go back to finals at the swim meet.”
Jones was also part of the medley relay team, which placed 12th in the state meet. Jones said that she enjoys being part of the relays.
“Relays are really fun,” Jones said. “You get to work with the team and cheer on the teammates when they’re swimming.”
Jones top time in the 100 backstroke last year was 1:04.71, which was an area-best.
Sherando coach Joe Knight said that Jones fit in perfectly with her teammates last year. Knight said Jones has a very good work ethic and that her experience also helps her with the team.
“She knows the technique. She knows the drills,” Knight said. “And therefore she really does benefit from our hard practices. She’s very durable. Nothing seems to faze her. The harder we push her the harder she works.”
Jones not only excelled in the 100 backstroke, but also the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle events. Her top 200 freestyle time was 2:08.51, second in the area. She had an area-best 500 freestyle time of 5:48.10.
Jones was second in the area in the 200 freestyle last year.
The Warriors lost individual state-qualifier Abby Sears to graduation, but still have a strong team coming back this season. Jones was part of a strong freshman class last year, including Kyra Schultz and Lillian Twigg. Knight said they have another solid freshman class this year.
Sherando opens its swimming season on Dec. 2 in a tri-meet at Fauquier.
“Quite frankly we’re expecting quite a bit of them this year,” Knight said of his girls team. “And we’re pushing them extremely hard.”
Jones said she wants to keep improving in all of her events, but she also wants to see the team improve as a whole.
“I want to help everyone else get better as well,” Jones said. “Try to get everyone else to come up to states with us. I hope that more people can go to states and regionals.”