Fruita Monument’s Fischer goes the distance in grueling 500-yard freestyle

Jessica Fischer practices the freestyle, her strongest event at LP.

The 500-yard freestyle is not for the faint of heart.

It is a grueling 20-lap event that tests a swimmers’ endurance and ability to have consistent speed from the first lap to the final touch.

Fruita Monument’s Jessica Fischer is one of the area’s strongest swimmers in the event. She is roughly 10 seconds off the state qualifying time of 5:35.00.

With one final chance to earn it this weekend at the Western Slope Championships in Durango, Fischer, a junior, breaks down the 500-yard freestyle.

What is the key to being successful in the swim?

You have to try your hardest and push for the whole race.

What is the most important part of the race?

It is all important but I would say the last 200 yards because that is when you have to distance yourself from the other swimmers.

What got you interested in swimming the 500 free as opposed to something shorter?

I am not a fast sprinter and I am much better at distance swimming.

You’re about 10 seconds away from the state cut time. Can you get that this weekend?

I don’t know if I can get it this year, but it is definitely a goal for next season.


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