Jessica Vlasic named Swimmer of the Year

Vlasic may be a bit hesitant when it comes to athletes and their occasional propensity for self-promotion. But she’s easily among the most talented, and that makes her The Bellingham Herald’s Girls’ Swimming Athlete of the Year.  

Vlasic earned second-place medals in the 200-yard freestyle and 500 freestyle at the Class 3A state swimming meet last month in Federal Way. That capped a stellar season during which Vlasic had Whatcom County’s best times in each event, and she saved the best for last, improving upon her state-meet performance from 2006, when she finished third in the 200 and fifth in the 500.