New Carrollton resident Antoinette "Toni" Davis finished first in her class in the 100-meter butterfly, second in the 50-meter freestyle and third in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Paralympic Swimming Trials at the University of Minnesota on April 26 to earn a spot on the team.
Davis holds the American records in her class in the 50-meter butterfly (38.89 seconds), the 100-meter butterfly (1:25.98) and the 400-meter individual medley (8:10.73), and is currently ranked among the top 10 in the world in the 100 butterfly.
In 2003, Davis won the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly events at the USA Swimming Disability championships.
At Susquehanna she competed in the butterfly and freestyle, and swam on the Crusaders' 400-yard freestyle relay team at the Middle Atlantic Conference championship at Wilkes-Barre on February 15.
"Toni is an exceptional young woman who simply will not allow what others might view as a handicap deter her from achieving her goals," said Susquehanna head swimming coach Ged Schweikert .
Davis will graduate from Susquehanna on May 16 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, and has been accepted in the graduate program at The University of Scranton.
She is the first African-American female to make the U.S. Paralympic Swim Team.