Tinnon makes waves in world of swimming

By BRIAN RICKERD State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LOUISVILLE - These are golden days for Bowling Green High graduate Elizabeth Tinnon, the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Watson of Frankfort.

Tinnon, 18, won her fourth consecutive 100 breaststroke title this winter at the KHSAA state swimming and diving meet.

She then smashed her most recent state-meet winning time just two weeks later.

On July 12, Tinnon and three teammates on the Lakeside Seahawks USS team set a national record in the women's 200-meter medley relay at the Seahawk Invitational meet here, swimming 2:00.26. That broke by three seconds a mark that had stood for nearly 13 years.

And, oh by the way, Tinnon is off to the University of Texas this fall on a swimming scholarship.

Texas is a traditional national power in women's swimming.

Tinnon says the Longhorns will be very young this year.

"Mostly freshmen and sophomores," she says. "Right now they're kind of building the team. But I think we'll do pretty well. I think we can get top three (in the NCAA meet), which would be cool."

Tinnon's personal record in her specialty, the 100 breast, is 1:11.79. She's coming on strong in the 200 breast, however. Two weeks ago Tinnon achieved yet another lofty mark when she swam a PR of 2:35.1 in the 200, good enough to qualify her for the U.S. Olympic Trials next summer.

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