Ratliff, Duder Swim at U.S. Open Championships

Irvine, CA---A couple of local swimmers are racking up some incredible experiences out at the U.S. Open Swim Championships in Irvine, California.

As we told you late last week, Mosley senior to be Jonathan Ratliff, and recent Mosley grad Michael Duderstadt both competing out there.

Wednesday in day one of the event, Ratfliff swam in the 200 butterfly finishing 71st out of 86. He was a little off his best time, but his coach Jonathan Kaplan saying Ratliff gained very good experience competing. Ratliff just one of 6 swimmers out of the entire group aged 17 and under.

Duderstadt meanwhile shaved two and a half seconds off his personal best time in the 200 breast, his time today 2:16:78, which was 23rd overall, significant because the top 24 come advance to a second swim. For Duder it will be a conosolation final against 7 others.

Michael will swim the 100 breast Friday and they will both be doing time trials at the meet to establish times and perhaps qualify for future events.

Coach Kaplan saying the young men have been working to prepare for racing, but also getting to do some sightseeing Huntingon Beach and Laguna Beach, so just a great experience all the way around.


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