For the second straight year, Denison senior Lindsay Looney has been selected to the USA Swimming Junior National Team.
Looney was one of 35 girls chosen for the squad and one of eight picked for the 200 butterfly, in which she has the fastest time in the group at 2:10.03 and is ranked 39th in the world in the event.
The team is based on the top long course meters times during 2018 by athletes age 18 and under by Sept. 1, 2018 and Looney’s performance was at the National Championships earlier this year.
She won the 200 fly B final at nationals in July to finish ninth in the country with that time of 2:10.03 as part of her five top 100 finishes at the meet.
The five-time state champion committed to Arizona State in April. The first day she can sign her letter of intent is November 14.
In February Looney defended her Class 5A state titles in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly, including lowering her own state record in the 100 fly.
Looney captured the 200 IM in 2:00.54, winning by two and a half seconds, and then won the 100 fly in 54.40 seconds. It was 0.01 faster than her winning time as a sophomore that set the 5A state record. Her closest competition in that race was nearly three seconds behind her.
She was named the 5A Female Athlete of the Meet for her performance and is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and a NISCA All-American.
Looney won the 200 IM for the third straight year and has six medals overall in her career — she was the silver medalist in the 100 fly as a freshman.
She became the first Denison swimmer to win a state championship and is already the most decorated swimmer, regardless of gender, for the program in terms of total medals. She joins her brother, Davis, and Tori Fryar as the only Yellow Jacket swimmers to make it to state at least three times and both Looneys are the only ones to do it consecutively.
When she qualifies for state as a senior, she will be the only DHS swimmer to make it all four years.