Former Raider earns collegiate honor

Jena Root

Former Roseville Area High School athletic standout Jena Root followed up her high school career by competing in college as a member of the University of St. Thomas women’s swimming and diving team. Root earned All-America awards while with the Tommies and this weekend will receive another honor.

Root is scheduled to be inducted into the St. Thomas Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Anderson Student Center on the St. Thomas campus.

In four seasons at St. Thomas, Root qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet three times. When she made the NCAA meet as a sophomore in 2008, Root became the first St. Thomas female to compete at nationals in 16 years.

As a junior, Root returned to nationals and came home with an All-America honor thanks to her seventh-place finish in the 100-meter backstroke. She was also a two-time honorable mention All-America by finishing 11th and 15th in the backstroke.

Root was a seven-time Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion and broke St. Thomas school records 15 times in her career. She served as a captain, was a three-time team MVP, a two-time Most Spirited award winner and twice was an MIAC athlete of the week.

Root is one of 14 inductees scheduled to be honored on Saturday and she is the only swimmer going into the hall this year. This is the 14th induction class to the St. Thomas Athletic Hall of Fame, which was started in 1974 and includes 197 individuals and one team.

At Roseville, Root was a multiple-time state-meet entrant, earning six letters in swimming and also competing in lacrosse.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

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