Leverenz joins Tucson quartet on U.S. Swim team

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Sahuaro grad Caitlin Leverenz ('09) saved the best for last.

After a week full of near misses, the University of California alum won her specialty, the 200-meter Individual Medley by almost two full seconds to qualify for a spot on the U.S. National team for the World Aquatics Championships.

Leverenz swam a 2:10.13 in the event that the featured butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle sequences.

She won the bronze medal in the 200M IM at the 2012 London Olympics.

Leverenz had failed earlier in the week to qualify in the 200M Breaststroke (7th), 200M Butterfly (5th) and 400M IM (5th).

Her Cal Aquatics squad was the overall winner of the event. Leverenz finished 7th individually on the women's side. Former Wildcat and Tucsonan Sarah Denninghoff (Sabino '10), who transferred to Texas last summer, finished 15th overall.

Tucson Ford Aquatics took second place as a team, although their men's squad was the best in Indianapolis for the week, led by UA junior Kevin Cordes (4th) and Northwestern's Matt Grevers (3rd).

TFA will send swimmers Christine Magnuson (50M Butterfly), Cordes (100/200M Breaststroke), Grevers (100M Backstroke & 400M Freestyle Relay), Kevin Steel (50M Breaststroke) to the World Championships next month in Barcelona, Spain.

UA and Tucson Ford Aquatics head coach Eric Hansen will be an assistant for Team USA.

Arizona senior-to-be Margo Geer failed to qualify in the 50-meter freestyle. She finished 4th after swimming the best time in the morning preliminary heat.

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