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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Stillwater Sr. and the Gophers confirm Eva Jones is gearing up for the state’s final meeting

Eva Jones, the third sister in the family to complete a swim and dive program in Stillwater, did not come as a surprise to Ponies coach Brian Luke. He knew that at an early age she would succeed.

“She came in the summer before seventh grade and swam with our club in town,” Luc said. “Then it was clear that she had talent. She quickly picked it up.

Jones, who has been swimming in Stillwater for her sixth season, quickly made a name for herself. In the first year, she took third place in her team with 633.24 points. By her sophomore, she led the team and never stopped. This weekend she will be swimming in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke in the 2A State Swimming and Diving competition this weekend at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Swimming qualifiers take place on Friday, finals on Saturday.

Jones has won three first places in both of her tournaments. With no state championships in 2020, her junior season ended with a 100 percent win and 50 free in sections, 55.80 and 23.7 seconds, respectively.

Free running 50 meters became her favorite activity. “It’s such a fun and fast race,” she said. “You really don’t have time to think about things, you just have to go. I think too much about my races, so it’s pretty fun to just go for it and give it your best. ”

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It’s been a long journey for Jones to Stillwater, and her athletic career isn’t over yet. She will be swimming at the collegiate level at the University of Minnesota next year.

“I’m very excited. I met the team and the coaches and they are all such great people and I know I’m going to improve a lot outside of my high school career,” she said. “I am very happy about that.”

Luke is happy and excited about what Eve has already accomplished, and knows that she still has a lot to learn and ways to develop her skills. Swimming at Big Ten is a great opportunity.

Luke hopes that all of his graduates will continue to swim, regardless of level.

“Whether they go to Division I, Division II or Division III, it doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “I think college swimming is really fun … I love it when all of our kids do something in college.”

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