Sunday, July 1, 2012

Lakewood Ranch swimmer comes up short in quest to make Olympic team

Danielle Valley

Danielle Valley’s quest to make the U.S. Olympic swim team and compete in the games in London came to an end Sunday night in Omaha, Neb.

Valley, a 17-year-old Lakewood Ranch High School student and state swimming champion, finished eighth in the 800 meter freestyle finals.

She faced long odds to get into Sunday’s finals, aided by shaving more than seven seconds off her qualifying time in preliminaries to take the eighth spot in the finals.

Sunday’s final was telecast on NBC. When her name was flashed on the screen, her hometown was listed as Lakewood Ranch.

Valley, who will be a senior this fall, is a member of the Sarasota YMCA Sharks club team.

During the Olympic trials, Valley also competed in the 400 freestyle and finished 35th.

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