For most of us, a 100-yard breastroke would be a matter of survival. For Tehachapi’s Jessica Riggs, it was a sprint.
Riggs won the Central Section Division II 100 breaststroke championship in 1:07.42 on Saturday at Bakersfield College, out-touching second-place finisher Tara Goertzen of Madera to win Kern County’s only section title.
“I just went into the water knowing I had to go as fast as I could from the start,” said Riggs, who was swimming in her home pool. “I train five days a week at BC with the Bakersfield Aquatics Club, and you’ve just got to put in that work in the pool and on dry land.”
For Riggs, who also took second in the girls 200 individual medley, the result was an improvement from last year, when she was second in the breaststroke and fourth in the IM.
Tehachapi’s Annika Ostrem also finished as the runner-up in the girls 100 butterfly, swimming 1:00.40.