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Sahuaro High Grad & Tucson Native Falls Just Short Of Olympic Birth For Team USA; Bronze Medalist Caitlin Leverenz falls in heartbreak fashion in USA Olympic Trial

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Despite just being weeks away from the 2016 Olympic Games, many University of Arizona connections, including a few Tucson natives, are hoping to head to Rio!

In that numerous amount of UA connections includes Sahuaro High graduate and Tucson native, Caitlin Leverenz.

Leverenz won her semifinal heat of the 200-meter individual medley in just two minutes and 11.42 seconds to advance to the final, which is held in Omaha.

How would she fare in Omaha this year?

Leverenz would place third in this evening’s 200-meter individual medley with a time of two minutes and 10.16 seconds.

A former bronze medalist in the 2012 Olympics in London, Leverenz made the United States Olympic team at the 2012 U.S. Trials in Omaha with a first-place finish in the 200-meter individual medley and second in the 400-meter individual medley, as well as competing and finishing eighth in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Leverenz was born in Tucson, Arizona. Being raised in the “Old Pueblo,” Leverenz attended Sahuaro High School and was a member of their swim team, as well as swimming for Tucson’s El Dorado Aquatics Club, both assisting her in landing an athletic scholarship to the University of California, at Berkeley. While at Cal, she was a key contributor to winning two NCAA national team championships in three years for the Golden Bears.

Also, Leverenz was the recipient of the Honda Sports Award for Swimming and Diving, recognizing her as the outstanding college female swimmer of 2011-12.

Following her college career, Leverenz represented the U.S. at the 2007 Pan American games, where she won a gold medal and broke the meet record in the 200-meter breaststroke, and at the U.S. Swimming National Championships in 2007, where she won the championship in the 400-meter individual medley.

The Tucson native looks to have repeated success in Rio for the upcoming Olympic games.

If you'd like to see video of Leverenz and the USA trials tune in to News 4 Tucson at 10 p.m.  KVOA Sports Director Paul Cicala will have complete coverage.  

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