Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Jackson's Kyleigh Troxel

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Jackson's Kyleigh Troxel swims a leg of the 200-yard medley relay in the Show Me Conference Championship Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 at Central Municipal Pool. (Fred Lynch)

Jackson swimmer Kyleigh Troxel is the Southeast Missourian Player of the Week.

Troxel, just a sophomore, became the first all-state swimmer the four-year history of the Jackson program by finishing fourth in the 500-yard freestyle at the state swimming meet at the St. Peters Rec Plex.

She finished the final in 5 minutes, 6.00 seconds after swimming a personal best in the preliminaries with a time of 5:04.26.

"The goal coming into state was making it in the top eight, and I was happy with my swim in the prelims," Troxel told the Missourian. "I was also happy with my swim today. I felt great in the water and was proud to get fourth. I want to continue to work, and I have high expectations next year. I want to get as close to winning as I can."

Troxel finished ninth in the same event a year ago, which left her one spot shy of all-state honors.

"Last year was a little disappointing since I came so close to making it to the championship swim," Troxel said. "But I worked hard and was in better shape this year and it was easier having been there once before. I knew where to go and what to do."

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