Butler Competes at USA Swimming National Championships
Thursday, August 05, 2010
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The winner of the 200-yard butterfly at the 2010 CCSA Championships, FGCU women’s swimming junior-to-be Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y.) recently competed in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2010 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine, Calif. Butler finished in 55th place out of 142 swimmers with a time of 1:02.24.

Swimming unattached for Swim Florida, Butler qualified as the 80th seed for the national championship with a time of 1:02.17 during a meet this summer.

“Danielle has worked extremely hard all spring and summer in the weight room to the pool and it is great to see someone do well that truly deserves it,” said reigning CCSA Coach of the Year Neal Studd. “She dropped a bunch of time to make this meet and then performed very well here under pressure. This meet is second only to qualifying for the NCAA Championships in terms of how fast it is. I believe Danielle can go on to the NCAA Championships next. She’s gotten a chance to be around the likes of Michael Phelps and Natalie Couglin and that can only benefit her. I am sure she will attack the college season the same way.”

Butler helped lead the Eagles to a second consecutive CCSA championship in 2010, after placing first in the 200-yard fly (2:03.37) and third in the 100-yard fly (56.10).

Volunteer assistant coach Pavel Babaev also qualified for the national championship, competing in the 50-meter freestyle. Babaev’s prelim time of 22.86 on Thursday morning was good for a tie for ninth place and a spot in tonight’s final (top 24).

The 2010 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships serves as the USA National Team selection for the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships, 2010 Junior Pan Pacs, 2010 Short Course World Championships and the 2011 World University Games.