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Kennedy to swim on U.S. team in international meet in Australia

Avon's Madison Kennedy at the 2014 world swimming championships.

Avon’s Madison Kennedy at the 2014 world swimming championships.

Avon’s Madison Kennedy has been named to the United States team that will compete in the 2015 BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series swimming competition next week in Perth, Australia on Jan. 30 and February 1. 

Kennedy is one of 10 women to represent the United States in the event that pits the Americans against Australia, China and Japan. Olympic medalists Elizabeth Beisel and Shannon Vreeland will be part of the U.S. women’s team. Ryan Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist and two-time Olympic gold medal winner Cullen Jones lead the American men. 

The meet will be held in an outside pool at HBL Stadium in Perth. It will be the first time that the Americans will compete in the series, which is being held for the third straight year. 

It will be Kennedy’s first international competition since the recent World Championship meet in December in Qatar where Kennedy won three medals. She won a gold medal on the United States’ 4×50 mixed freestyle relay team and two silver medals on two women’s freestyle relay teams. She swam to a fourth place finish in the women’s 50 meter freestyle. 

American team

MEN: Tyler Clary, Conor Dwyer, BJ Johnson, Cullen Jones, Ryan Lochte, Michael McBroom and Tim Phillips
WOMEN: Cammile Adams, Kathleen Baker, Elizabeth Beisel, Maya DiRado, Madison Kennedy, Micah Lawrence, Felicia Lee, Becca Mann, Allison Schmitt and Shannon Vreeland

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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