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Aug. 2, 2011

PALO ALTO, Calif. – South Carolina junior Michael Flach advanced to the consolation finals of the 400-meter freestyle and finished 19th overall, and sophomore Rachael Schaffer swam in the consolation finals of the 200-meter individual medley and finished 15th overall at day one of the 2011 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatic Center in Palo Alto, Calif., on Tuesday.

Both Flach, who swam his preliminary heat of the 400 free in 3:53.52, and Schaffer, who finished with a prelim time of 2:16.88 in the 200 IM, earned Olympic Trial cuts in their respective preliminary races. Flach finished his day with a time of 3:57.03 in the bonus final of the 400 free, while Schaffer concluded the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.44, also in the bonus final.

South Carolina teammate redshirt-freshman Matt Navata earned an Olympic Trial cut in the 400-meter individual medley with a mark of 4:29.65, while sophomore Jay Warner collected an Olympic Trial cut of 55.19 in a time trial of the 100-meter butterfly.

Below is a complete list of Tuesday’s results. Complete meet results can be found via USA Swimming’s website, or by clicking HERE.

Men 400 M Freestyle

Prelim: Michael Flach, 3:53.52
Consolation Final: 3:57.03 (19th overall)

Men 400 M – IM
Prelim: Christopher Kelly, 4:40.38
Prelim: Ryan Connolly, 4:33.17
Prelim: Matt Navata, 4:29.65

Women 200 M – IM Prelim: Rachael Schaffer, 2:16.88
Consolation Final: 2:16.44 (15th overall)

Prelim: Abby Galbreath, 2:22.14

Women 100 M Butterfly
Prelim: Bridget Halligan, 1:02.71

Men 100 M Butterfly (time trial)
Warner: 55.19