MU swimmer qualifies for World Championships

Monday, July 13, 2009 | 10:47 p.m. CDT

Missouri junior swimmer Lauren Lavigna became the Tigers' first qualifier to the World Swimming Championships after finishing second in the 200-meter backstroke at the Canadian trials last week in Montreal.

Lavigna, from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, is Missouri’s school record holder and a 2009 NCAA qualifier in the 200 backstroke. She swam a 2:12.38 at the trials to cut 1.5 seconds off her personal best and qualify for the World Championships, July 31, in Rome.

“Lauren just pushed our program into the world spotlight,” Missouri coach Brian Hoffer said in a release. “She is so deserving of anything that she gets because of her focus and commitment to the sport.”

Missouri freshman Dominique Bouchard also competed in the meet, finishing ninth in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 200 backstroke (2:13.27). Lavigna was seventh in the 100 backstroke.


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