West Coast Aquatics and Independence High School’s Jayssie Haynes has verbally committed to the California State University Bakersfield Roadrunners for next season.
Last season, Haynes took fourteenth in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.36) at California Central Coast Section Swimming and Diving Championships. One of her biggest strengths is versatility, as she also swims all distances of freestyle and IM. Here are her fastest times:
- 100 FR: 54.47
- 200 FR: 1:52.43
- 500 FR: 4:57.95
- 1650 FR: 17.58.30
- 100 BR: 1:07.12
- 200 BR: 2:24.39
- 200 IM: 2:08.94
- 400 IM: 4:33.21
Last season, under the leadership of coach Chris Hansen, the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners took fifth at Western Athletic Conference Championships. Haynes should score some big points for the team in the upcoming years. At last year’s championships, she would have taken fourth in the 500 free, seventh in the 200 free, twelfth in the 200 breast, fifteenth in the 200 IM, and fifteenth in the 400 IM.
Haynes doesn’t quite hit the mark to make the Roadrunner ‘A’ relays, but with a little improvement, they could be within reach. Despite the team’s fifth place overall finish at WAC Championships, the Bakersfield relays are actually very strong. Last year’s team won the 800 free relay championship in 7:18.33. The splits ranged from 1:48.79 to 1:50.49, and three of the team members have graduated or are graduating this year. Taking into account a relay start, Haynes only has to improve her 200 by about 1.5 seconds to make the team. Either way, she will definitely prove an asset to the upcoming recruiting class.
“I instantly felt a connection with the coaches and team,” she said. “I’m so excited to be soon surrounded by an amazing group of people. Go Runners!”