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Miners make their mark at junior nationals meet

Three Nevada Union swimmers made their presence felt at the United States Swimming Junior Nationals Meet last week in Orlando, Fla., with two of them qualifying for the Senior Nationals this weekend in Seattle.

Seniors Drew Harris and Whitney Stephenson became the first members of the Penguin Swim Club to qualify for the Senior Nationals in six years, with Seth Derrick being the last swimmer to do so.

Harris qualified in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 40.84 seconds, while Stephenson made it in the 100-yard backstroke, posting a time of 56.83. Both swimmers qualified for the finals in three events.

Freshman Hayley Porter’s time in the 50 freestyle looked to be a finals-range time, but a controversial call disqualified her for an illegal start.

More than 100 swimmers, sometimes as many as 160, competed in each event – all under 18 years old.

Harris’ times:

200 freestyle – 1:40.84, 12th

200 individual medley – 1:53.71, 9th

100 freestyle – 46.37, 15th

100 butterfly – 51.76, 32nd

100 breaststroke – 59.69, 44th

Stephenson’s times:

100 backstroke – 56.83, 11th

50 back – 26.75, 9th

200 back – 2:03.06, 17th

200 individual medley – 2:08.43, 45th

200 freestyle – 1:54.97, 104th

Porter’s times:

50 freestyle – DSQ

50 butterfly – 26.90

100 fly – 57.94, 56th

100 freestyle – 52.45, 35th

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