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NORMAL - Illinois State swimmer Jennifer Durant came away with two top-five finishes in the U.S. Paralympics Open Swimming Championships this weekend in Minneapolis.

"I got time to see a lot of my friends this weekend," said Durrant, an Oak Forest native. "I only get to see them once or twice a year. This weekend was fun and I really feel that I got good training for my season at Illinois State."

The open this weekend involved 150-250 athletes with a range of disabilities from 16 different countries. Durrant advanced on both Friday and Saturday to the final rounds of competition.

Within each event there are different categories comprised of athletes according to their disability. Durrant was born with congenital deficiency of the tibia and has been competing in the Paralympics for four years.

On Friday Durrant competed in the 200-meter individual medley, placing second in her category with a time of 3:03.44. She also competed in the 400-meter freestyle, placing third with a time of 5:36.76.

On Saturday Durrant advanced to the finals in two events, the 100-meter backstroke and the 100-meter freestyle. She took third in the backstroke with a time of 1:22.59 and she took fourth in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1:15.47.

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