Jackson Prefers Heavy Medal


Users of Taylor Pool may rest assured that 15-year-old lifeguard Tina Jackson is well prepared to lend aquatic assistance when needed.

Proof of her pool prowess lies in her showing at the Grand Canyon State Games held June 22 on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.

Competing in the 15- to 18-year-old age group, Jackson swam her way to second-place showings in the 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley.

In winning the silver medals, Jackson set personal records in each of the three events. Her times were 1:23.72, in the backstroke, 1:28.13 in the breaststroke and 3:06.71 in the 200 IM.

"It pleases me to know I did my best and bettered my times," she said.

Jackson first competed in the Grand Canyon State Games last summer when her lone medal was from a third-place showing in the breaststroke.

In addition to working as a lifeguard at Taylor Pool, Jackson has been a member of the Town-sponsored swim team for the past 10 years.

Next up for Jackson and her fellow Payson swim team members is a July 20 dual match against Cottonwood.

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