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Duo shows well at trials

Livingstone, Danny strong at national meet

Posted: July 11, 2009 9:05 p.m.
Updated: July 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

A pair of local swimmers took major steps in their careers beginning Tuesday and ending Saturday at the USA Swimming World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, Ind.

University of Southern California-bound Jordan Danny placed eighth in the consolation finals of the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 35.13 seconds, while Canyon High senior Kearsten Livingstone took second in the bonus finals of the 200 butterfly in 2:12.64, a four-second improvement on her personal best.

“This validates what our young swimmers are doing, that they can look up and do what (Danny and Livingstone) have accomplished as well,” said Canyons Aquatic Club head coach Jeff Conwell.

Both Danny and Livingstone began swimming for the club at a young age.

At the meet, the top eight swimmers from the prelims advance to the finals, the next eight to the consolation finals, with a third group of eight competing in the bonus finals.

Livingstone qualified after swimming 2:14.84 in the prelims.

Having already improved her personal best the first time she hit the pool, she took her performance to the next level in the bonus finals.

Her subsequent time would have actually beat four other swimmers in the consolation finals.

“To have a 4-second drop in 200 (butterfly) and finish that well in a final swim at night is a big breakthrough,” Conwell said. “She has never performed at this level before.”

Meanwhile, Danny swam a 2:31.81 in the prelims of the 200 breaststroke, placing 15th in order to advance to the consolation finals.

“That is the first time at this level of a meet that she made it that far,” Conwell said.

The recent Hart High graduate also competed in the 100 breaststroke, but did not qualify after finishing with a 29th-place time of 1:11.95.

Up next for the swimmers is the West Sectional Meet on July 22 at Clovis North High School.

They will then turn their attention to the 2009 U.S. Open in Federal Way, Wash.

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