Trials Ahead: Katy Williams ’17 and Luke Burton ’16

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After stellar 2015-16 swimming and diving campaigns, Katy Williams ’17 and Luke Burton ’16 will take their preparation beyond the collegiate stage and focus on the 2016 Olympic Trials, set for June 26 – July 3 in Omaha, Neb.

Williams, an Apex, N.C., native qualified in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at the 2015 N.C. Long Course Championship this past summer. She first touched the wall at the 2:34.23 mark in the 200 breaststroke, before finishing with a time of 1:11.09 in the 100 breaststroke.

The Davidson women recorded their best performance at the Atlantic 10 Championship, placing third. Williams took home gold medals in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, with NCAA B standard times, and set four school records.

Luke Burton ’16 swims freestyle.

Luke Burton ’16

Burton punched his ticket to the trials in the 50 freestyle at the Summer CA-NV Sectional Championship this past summer. The Kennesaw, Ga., native clocked a 23:27 to earn his first-ever trip to the trials.

In his final Atlantic 10 Championship, Burton finished in the top 10 in every individual performance, including a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle. Burton also helped three relay teams to top-five finishes.

The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place Aug. 2-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Joey Beeler

Joey Beeler is the sports information director at Davidson College where he previously served as an assistant from 2005-08. Prior to rejoining the Davidson staff, Beeler spent four years as the assistant athletic director for athletic communications at Radford University in Radford, Va.

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