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Toni Davis, swimming (paralympics)

Paralympic swimmer Toni Davis holds U.S. records in the 50 and 100 meter butterfly.
Susquehanna University senior Antoinette "Toni" Davis has been selected to the 2004 United States Paralympic Team in swimming, and will compete at the 12 th Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece from September 17-28.

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.