Barber nearly qualifies for nationals

Justin Barber of the Carson Tigersharks nearly qualified for the U.S. National Championships on the final day of the U.S. Open in Minneapolis.

Swimming in the 400-meter individual medley time trial, Barber swam to a personal beste of four minutes, 33.75 seconds, but narrowly missed the national qualifying time of 4:33.49.

It was a tough day for Lauren Costella for the Tigersharks, who had a "tremendously bad start" in the 200 butterfly and settled for qualifying 24th for the finals in 2:22.66.

Costella then false started in the 800 freestyle and was disaqualified. If Costella had not be disqualified, she would have placed 12th in 8:59.35.

A half hour after the 800 free, Costella swam in the 200 fly finals and moved up to 22nd, finishing in 2:23.62. Also for the Tigersharks, Tara Theilemann swam close to her personal best in the 100 free, finishing in 1:00.55.

The Tigersharks will host the Pacific Senior Swimming Championships Dec. 13-16.


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