A Pair Of Wellington Swimmers Excel At County Championships

Wellington High School swimmers Jessica Smith and Lleyton Jobin.

At the recent Palm Beach County Swimming Championships at Lake Lytal Park on Friday, Oct. 14, two of Wellington High School’s senior swimmers — Jessica Smith and Lleyton Jobin — had strong performances in the two distance freestyle events.

Smith, who is hoping to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy next fall, had her two best personal times in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races. In the 200-yard freestyle, she had a time of 1:57.88, and in the 500-yard freestyle, she swam the 20-lap race in 5:06.55. She had a pair of top-10 results, finishing in eighth place in the 200 and in fifth place in the 500.

Jobin — who would also like to swim at the collegiate level but has not committed to a school — was clocked at 1:54.09 in the 200-yard freestyle and 5:09.57 in the 500-yard freestyle. His times were good enough for 11th place in the 200 and in eighth place in the 500. Jobin’s time in the 200 was a personal best.

In the team points race at the Palm Beach County Swimming Championships, the Wellington boys team finished in third place, while the Wellington girls finished in a tie for 10th place.

In the coming weeks, both Smith and Jobin will be working to qualify in both the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle for the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Class 4A state swimming championships, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 in Stuart at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark.