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Pleasanton Seahawks vie for Olympic berths

Five local swimmers compete, but miss out on Team USA spots

The Pleasanton Seahawks had five athletes compete at the U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Neb., earlier this summer, with all five swimming among the nation's best but each falling short of qualifying for the U.S. team.

Christie Chong, Miranda Heckman, Chris Jhong, Maxime Rooney and Moriah Simonds were vying for a chance to represent the USA at the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They earned their spots in the Olympic trials by previously achieving the required time standard in their events.

Rooney had the best showing at the trials, advancing to the semifinals, where he took ninth in the 200 freestyle and 11th in the 100 free. He had qualified in six other events but only competed in the two freestyle races his strongest events, according to Seahawks representatives.

Heckman competed in the preliminary rounds for the 200, 400 and 800 free and 400 individual medley races but failed to advance.

Also swimming in prelims were Simonds (200, 400 and 800 free), Chong (100 and 200 backstroke) and Jhong (400 IM).

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