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Around the SCV is a look at local athletes and teams

Posted: October 14, 2008 9:00 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2008 5:00 a.m.

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Hart's Jordan Danny has committed to the University of Southern California and their swim team.

Hart swimmer Jordan Danny has verbally committed to the University of Southern California. She looks to join the Lady Trojans swim team in the spring of 2010.

Danny competed at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. this summer with hopes of making Team USA.

She finished 19th in the 200 breaststroke setting a mark of 2:31.79, only a few one hundredths from qualifying for the semi-finals.

The senior swimmer has been a significant factor in the success of Hart's girls swim team which finished first in the Foothill League this past season.

Danny went undefeated in the 100-meter breaststroke setting a school record with of mark of 1 minute,
1.73 seconds. She also set school records in the 200 freestyle (1:54.84) and the 200 individual medley (2:03.18).

Still rollin'
Valencia softball player Jordan Taylor led the University of Michigan Wolverines over Notre Dame this past weekend in the Traverse City Fall Tournament.

In the doubleheader, Taylor went 2-0 striking out nine batters in five innings and came in as relief in the second game striking out two to earn the win. Both games were 3-0 shutouts. Michigan won all eight games of the fall tournament with Taylor finishing 6-0 allowing no runs to score.

In the 2008 season, Taylor was named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year leading the Wolverines with a 31-4 record, 0.76 ERA, 15 shutouts, 279 strikeouts and three saves.

Bringing home the gold
Valencia baseball player Christian Lopes and his 16-under USA National baseball team won the gold medal at the 2008 COPABE "AA" Youth Pan American Championships.

The squad went undefeated in the tournament beating nine teams from countries including Cuba, Brazil, Aruba and Puerto Rico.

Lopes finished his stint with the team batting .367, hitting one home run, scoring 10 runs with nine RBI.

The 6-foot sophomore now shifts his focus to returning to the Vikings team for the 2009 season. This year, as Valencia's lead-off batter, Lopes finished batting .408 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI.


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