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Lancaster native Kristen Romano qualifies for U.S. Olympic trials in swimming

Lancaster native Kristen Romano swam her way to the U.S. Olympic Trials last weekend.

Romano, who was a Section VI champion as a sophomore at Lancaster last year, moved to Long Island prior to this season in hopes of advancing her swimming career. Currently a junior at Long Beach High who competes for the Long Island Aquatic Club, she swam a 4.53.61 in the women's open 400-yard individual medley at the CeraVe Invitational at Rutgers University on Saturday.

Swimmers must beat a 4:54.99 to earn a trip to the Olympic trials, which are June 26 to July 3 at CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.

Romano finished second in the race to Long Beach and Long Island Aquatics teammate Maggie Aroestry (4:48.63).

Romano was the focus of The News' Section VI championships coverage last year, when she won two titles and earned her fourth trip to the state meet.

She returned to the states this fall swimming for Long Beach, winning state titles in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Aroestry also won two titles, in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.

According to Kristen's father, Mike, who moved to Long Island with Kristen, she is hoping to earn trips to the Olympic trials in the 100 backstroke -- where she is currently about 1.5 seconds off the qualifying time -- as well as the 200 backstroke and 200 IM. She is currently about two seconds off the qualifying marks in both 200-yard events.

Mike Romano said that Kristen became interested in transferring downstate after spending the summer with her godfather on Long Island and training with Long Island Aquatic Club swimmers.

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