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Swimming: Two Canyons swimmers earn trials cuts

Posted: August 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Locally based Canyons Aquatic Club keeps sending swimmers to the 2012 Olympic Trials.

Valencia High graduate Bob Hwang qualified for the trials in the 200-meter butterfly on Friday at the 2011 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Palo Alto, while Hart High grad Nick Korth earned his second qualifying time in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Korth earned his first trials cut on June 27 at the Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo.

The two swimmers will also join West Ranch graduate Riley Mita, Hart grad Konrad Antoniuk and Golden Valley alum Michelle Duraj, all of whom qualified in 2010.

"It's very exciting to have so many home-grown local athletes reach this level," said Canyons head coach Jeff Conwell. "It says a lot about the dedication and work ethic of our swimmers."

Hwang, an eight-time individual Foothill League champion, swam the 200 butterfly in 2 minutes, 3.81 seconds. The former Vikings star is now at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Korth, who won the NCAA Division II title the 200 breaststroke this year, swam the event in 2:19.95 on Saturday.

Mita and Antoniuk will both swim the 1,500 freestyle at the trials, while Duraj will compete in the 200 breaststroke.

The Olympic Trials will be held in 2012 from June 25 to July 2 in Omaha, Neb.



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