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Maria Carrillo grad Maya DiRado falls short in butterfly bid at world meet

  • Maya DiRado had reason to smile last month in Indianapolis when she earned a spot on the U.S. team for the world championship meet in Spain. (Michael Thomas / Associated Press)

Maya DiRado, a Maria Carrillo High School graduate and a member of the Stanford swim team, fell short in her attempt to reach the 200-meter butterfly final race Wednesday at the FINA World Championships swim meet in Barcelona, Spain.

DiRado was a surprise qualifier in the 200 butterfly because it was even she only recently added to her competition repertoire. She advanced through Wednesday's preliminary round, but finished with the 12th-best time her semifinal race. The top eight swimmers advance to the final.

Her time in the semifinal race, 2:08:28, was faster than the personel-best 2:09.12 she posted at the U.S. championship meet in June that advanced her to the world meet.

DiRado is scheduled to be back in the Barcelona pool Thursday for the 4x200 freestyle relay and is scheduled to race in the 400 individual medley Sunday.

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