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Kennedy earns pair of top 10 finishes at Richmond TYR Pro Series meet

Avon native Madison Kennedy earned a pair of top 10 finishes at the Richmond TYR Pro Series on Saturday. (Photo courtesy USA Swimming)

RICHMOND, Va., April 13  – Avon native Madison Kennedy had a pair of top 10 finishes at the recent Richmond TYR Pro Series swim meet.

Kennedy finished tenth in the 50 meter freestyle, just missing out on earning a spot in the finals by 0.01 of a second. Kennedy was ninth in the preliminary round with a time of 25.52 seconds while Anika Apostalon earned the eighth and final spot in the final with a time of 25.51 seconds.

In the B final, Kennedy swam a time of 25.50 seconds, good enough for tenth place.

In the 100 meter freestyle, Kennedy was 14th in qualifying with a time of 56.91 seconds. He finished 11th in the event with a time of 56.64.

Kennedy, who has already qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials, is preparing for her next big meet. She was selected last December to swim for the United States at the 2019 Pan American Games on Aug. 6-10 in Lima, Peru. It will be her third appearance at the Pan-Am Games on Team USA.

She swam for the Americans in the 2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto and the 2011 Pan-Am games in Mexico, earning a bronze medal in the 50 free. In Toronto, she was fifth in the 50 free and won a silver medal on the 400-meter freestyle relay.

Kennedy, who graduated from Avon High in 2005 and the University of California in 2010, currently lives and trains in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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