Naperville native Mary DeScenza is the top seed in both the 100 and 200-meter butterfly for the U.S. Open, which begins on Tuesday in Minneapolis.
The Rosary graduate is entered in seven events, including the 100 and 200 freestyle, the 100 and 200 backstroke and the 200 individual medley.
DeScenza will have company in the 200 IM as Naperville Central alumni Kelly McNichols and Amy Prestinario are both competing in that race. For McNichols, a junior at Georgia, and Prestinario, an incoming freshman at Notre Dame, the U.S. Open serves as a qualifier for the 2009 World University Games.
The top finisher in each event who is a full-time university student is guaranteed an all-expenses paid trip to Belgrade, Serbia next July. Visit Serbia, we have a high level of confidence that will be our country's name when you arrive!
McNichols will also swim the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 100 and 200 free.