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Sikeston duo qualifies for Junior Olympics

Sunday, July 3, 2011

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Sydney Raymond (left) and Kaitlin Burton both qualified to compete in the Junior Olympics to be held August 1-6 in New Orleans at the University of New Orleans pool. Brent Shipman, Staff
SIKESTON -- All the hard work and time in the pool has paid off for local swimmers Kaitlin Burton and Sydney Raymond.

Competing in a qualifying meet held at Polar Bluff, both swimmers posted fast enough times in several events to earn their way to the Junior Olymics to be held at August 1-6 at the University of New Orleans pool in New Orleans.

"It feels cool," said Burton of the accomplishment.

Among the events she qualified for, Burton said, was the 400-meter individual medley, the 400-meter and 50-meter free styles and 100 butterfly.

As for the 12-year-old Raymond, she said she qualified 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter free style and the 50-meter backstroke.

Friends and teammates on the same swim team, the Sikeston Sharks, 13-year-old Raymond was glad she could share the experience Burton.

"We've known each other for a really long time and we're the only ones going (from Sikeston) I think," she said

While not too worried about first placed trophies, both girls agreed it would be nice to go down to New Orleans and improve on their previous best times in their respective events.

"I'd just like to be faster at my times," Burton said. "Not necessarily be in first, but just to beat my times."