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It's worth wait for Jedryka, Petro; Barrington excels

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Buffalo Grove's Veronika Jedryka celebrates after winning her heat and qualifying for today's finals in the 100-yard freestyle at Friday's state preliminaries in Evanston.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Hersey's Amanda Petro heads for a championship heat appearance in the 100-yard backstroke during Friday's state meet preliminaries in Evanston.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Barrington's Kirsten Jacobsen finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle at the state meet preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Hersey's Amanda Petro finished seventh in the 200-yard individual medley at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Barrington's Emma Barnett placed fifteenth in the 500-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Veronika Jedryka with Buffalo Grove placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle at the state meet preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Kirsten Jacobsen of Barrington placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

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Barrington's Emma Barnett placed fifteenth in the 500-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

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That fourth year, it turns out, was well worth the wait. Seniors Veronika Jedryka of Buffalo Grove and Amanda Petro of Hersey had both qualified for the girls swimming high school state meet every year, but neither had made the championship heat of an event. Until now. Jedryka will compete in Saturday's finals of the 100-yard freestyle, and Petro will swim in the 100 backstroke finals after terrific performances in their best events at the state meet preliminaries at Evanston Township High School.
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    • Buffalo Grove’s Veronika Jedryka celebrates after winning her heat and qualifying for today’s finals in the 100-yard freestyle at Friday’s state preliminaries in Evanston.
    • Hersey’s Amanda Petro heads for a championship heat appearance in the 100-yard backstroke during Friday’s state meet preliminaries in Evanston.
    • Barrington’s Kirsten Jacobsen finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle at the state meet preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    • Hersey’s Amanda Petro finished seventh in the 200-yard individual medley at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    • Barrington’s Emma Barnett placed fifteenth in the 500-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    • Veronika Jedryka with Buffalo Grove placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle at the state meet preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    • Kirsten Jacobsen of Barrington placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    • Barrington’s Emma Barnett placed fifteenth in the 500-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
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