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Aug. 7, 2011

PALO ALTO, Calif. – A pair of South Carolina swimmers posted Olympic Trial times on day five of the 2011 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships at Avery Aquatic Center on the campus of Stanford University. Sophomore Rachael Schaffer hit the mark in the 200 breaststroke prelims, while junior Michael Flach touched for his qualifying time in a 100 freestyle time trial.

Chris Kelly was the first Gamecock in the water Saturday, posting a time of 2:07.06 in the 200 backstroke. Schaffer was next up in the 200 breaststroke. Her 2:34.63 was good for the Olympic Trials mark and was the 36th fastest time of the day. She was just 0.52 seconds out of a spot in Saturday night’s finals lineup. Collin Kaden rounded on the prelim competition for South Carolina, finishing his 200 breaststroke in 2:24.95.

In the evening session, Kelly, Kaden, Flach and Andrew Seiler raced the 4x100M Medley Relay, finishing in 3:54.18.

Flach was one of four Gamecocks swimming time trials, and he swam a 51.44 in the 100 free for his Olympic Trial qualifying time. Abby Galbreath posted a 2:25.54 in the 200 backstroke, while Seiler touched in 23.85 in his 50 freestyle trial. Matt Navata closed out his 200 breaststroke in 2:26.55.

South Carolina will conclude action at Nationals on Saturday. Updated live results can be found at USA Swimming’s website (


Men’s 200 Backstroke
Prelim: Chris Kelly 2:07.06

Women’s 200M Breaststroke
Prelim: Rachael Schaffer 2:34.63 (Olympic Trial cut)

Men’s 200M Breaststroke
Prelim: Collin Kaden 2:24.95

Men’s 4x100M Medley Relay
Chris Kelly, Collin Kaden, Michael Flach, Andrew Seiler 3:54.18

Time Trials

Women’s 200M Backstroke
Abby Galbreath 2:25.54

Men’s 50M Freestyle
Andrew Seiler 23.85

Men’s 100M Freestyle
Michael Flach 51.44 (Olympic Trial cut)

Men’s 200 Breaststroke
Matt Navata 2:26.55