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Livonia swimmer finishes ninth at Olympic Trials
If you’re a regular in the lap pool at the Kirksey Recreation Center, you may have run (or swam) into Miranda Tucker. The Livonia resident turns 24 this month and is hoping to gift herself entry into the 2021 Tokyo Olympics during a trip to the Olympic trials in Omaha from June 13-20.
Tucker started off as a kid swimming in her friends’ pools and moved her way up to becoming an eight-time All-American, two-time MHSAA Division I Swimmer of the Year, and two-time MHSAA D1 state champion and all-class record holder in the 100 breast and 200 individual medley (IM). She was the 2014 MLive Detroit Player of the Year (Women’s Swimming) and a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. And that was just high school.
She spent her freshman year swimming at Indiana University before transferring to University of Michigan and redshirting for a year. Over the next three years, Tucker added to her accolades from a year as a Hoosier and became a 13-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-American who took the NCAA podium four times from 2016-19 via the 200 breaststroke, the 100 breast twice and the 400 medley relay. She’s a four-time Big Ten champion via the 100 breast and by three relays of the 200 medley, 400 medley and 400 free. A regular on the All-Big Ten Team, she helped the Wolverines to a conference title in 2018 before graduating in 2020.
An active record holder in more than a dozen high school and college pools throughout Michigan, Tucker swam in Taiwan at the 2017 World University Games and was on the U.S. National Team from 2017-18. She’s now looking to make the cut for Tokyo in five different races, including the 100 and 200 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 200 IM, and 50 free.
“The breaststroke events are my focus,” she said.
She’s been practicing her craft at the Kirksey Recreation Center almost daily when she’s not busy competing with her club team or coaching. A former member of the Livonia Community Swim Club, Tucker said she started using the center’s pool when she was young and it has always felt like home to her.
Although she didn’t make the cut for the July 23 Tokyo Olympics (in most cases requiring a top-two finish), Tucker did finish ninth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.44, which was just 2.65 seconds behind winner Lilly King’s 1:04.79. King also holds the world record at 1:04.13.
"The USA Olympic Trials is arguably the most intense meet there is," Tucker said. "And while many swimmers (myself included) left the meet wishing they could've performed better, I am still incredibly happy with the experience gained and grateful for all of the support that got me here."
Tucker also turned in strong efforts in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.76 and the 50-meter freestyle in 26.05 seconds, placing within the top 50 in the country for both. Check out the full results online.
The Livonia Parks and Recreation Department is proud to offer Livonia youth, ages 17 and younger, a scholarship program to make recreation programs and activities affordable for as many youths as possible. As of Nov. 30, we are accepting applications for 2021.
The scholarship, funded by St. Mary Mercy Livonia through the Healthy Livonia initiative, is designed to assist Livonia families financially by subsidizing the cost of programs up to a maximum of $300 per child, per year; on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Livonia Parks and Recreation will cover 85% of the program fee and the parent/guardian will be responsible for 15% of the fee per approved program. Funds available based upon donations and sponsorship of the program. This scholarship is another example of community partners breaking down barriers for youth participation in exercise, enrichment and activities.
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