Lakewood Ranch's Danielle Valley finishes 35th of 113 in Olympic trials

HERALD STAFF REPORTJune 26, 2012 

— Lakewood Ranch High swimmer Danielle Valley finished 35th out of 113 competitors Tuesday afternoon in the women's 400-meter freestyle event at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Valley, who came in with the 41st best qualifying time, finished in 4 minutes, 16.19 seconds. The top eight will compete in the finals tonight.

Valley, a 17-year-old junior who won two events at the state swim meet this past fall, also qualified for the Olympic trials in the 800 freestyle. She enters that event with the 29th best time (8:44.49). The preliminaries are Saturday.

Valley and six of her Sarasota YMCA Sharks teammates -- Georgia Tech rising sophomore Kate Woolbright; University of Florida rising sophomore Nicholas Caldwell; Riverview High’s Ashlee Linn, Taylor Katz and Alex Katz; and Venice’s Derek Pridemore -- qualified for the trials during the annual Gator Swim Club Summer Invitational meet at the University of Florida.

Taylor Katz finished 54th, Woolbright came in 99th in the 400.

The top two finishers in each event, plus four more in the 100 and 200 meters, advance to the London Games.

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