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Courtney Otto advances to semis at Olympic Trials

West Seneca West graduate and Harvard sophomore Courtney Otto advanced to tonight's semifinals of the 200 butterfly at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb. 

Otto had the 11th best time in this morning's preliminaries, swimming 2:12.22. The top 16 advance to the semifinals, which should be part of the NBC national broadcast at 8 p.m. tonight. Otto will swim in the second heat. The top eight times advance to the finals, scheduled for Friday night. The top finishers in the finals make the U.S. Olympic team.

In her freshman year at Harvard, Otto won the 400 IM and was part of the winning 800 free relay team at the Ivy League Championships. She placed second in the 200 fly and the 500 free at the Ivy League Championships.

At the NCAA Championships, she 24th in the 200 fly, 30th in the 400 IM and 54th in the 500 free.

--- Amy Moritz

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Bob Dicesare

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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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