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Barrington frosh Jacobsen captures state title in 500 free

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Barrington freshman Kirsten Jacobsen captured the state crown in the grueling 500-yard freestyle and placed third in the 200 freestyle at the IHSA state championships in Evanston on Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Hersey's Amanda Petro placed third in the 100-yard backstroke and seventh in the 200-freestyle.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

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There was just no way to stop Kirsten Jacobsen from smiling in the final third of Saturday's IHSA girls swim finals -- and really, no one wanted to try. Jacobsen, a Barrington freshman, produced one of the performances of the meet when she improved from a fourth seeding and claimed the state title in the 500-yard freestyle. The happiness started early, when Jacobsen looked at the scoreboard, saw that she had won, accepted congratulations from second-place finisher Morgan Dickson from Libertyville and waved at her friends and family in the stands. "It's been exciting," Jacobsen said. "I did not expect to win that."
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    • Barrington freshman Kirsten Jacobsen captured the state crown in the grueling 500-yard freestyle and placed third in the 200 freestyle at the IHSA state championships in Evanston on Saturday.
    •  Hersey’s Amanda Petro placed third in the 100-yard backstroke and seventh in the 200-freestyle.
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