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Northampton native Karen Bierwert wins two national titles at Masters Swimming Championship

Northampton native Karen Bierwert earned two first-place finishes last month at the United States Masters Swimming Short Course Yard National Championship in Indianapolis.

Bierwert placed first in the 60-64 age group in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 22 minutes, 2.32 seconds.

Bierwert then joined her New England Masters teammates Beth Estel, Katherine Branch and Tracy Grilli to win the 55-and-over 200-yard free relay in 1:56.55.

Bierwert earned four third-place finishes in her age group. She finished the 500 free in 6:29.54, the 200 backstroke in 2:46.21, the 200 breaststroke in 3:01.32 and the 200 butterfly in 3:08.34.

She also placed fourth (6:03.36) in the 400 individual medley.

Bierwert teamed with Estel, Barbara Hummel and Grilli to place second (2:11.77) in the 200 medley relay.

New England Swim Club placed sixth in the Regional Club division.

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