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July 8, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Former University of Virginia swimmer and volunteer assistant coach Ed Moses (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) fell short in his quest to make the U.S. Olympic Team in the 100-meter breaststroke as he finished sixth in the finals at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials Thursday evening (July 8) at the Charter All Digital Aquatic Centre in Long Beach, Calif. Rising third-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) advanced to the finals of the 100-meter backstroke by finishing fourth in the semifinals.

Moses placed sixth in the finals of the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:02.28, while Brendan Hansen took the top spot with a world record time of 59.30. Moses will now focus on making the U.S. Olympic Team in the 200-meter breaststroke. Preliminaries for the 200 breast will be held Saturday morning (July 10). Moses is the top seed in the 200 breaststroke.

In the semifinals of the women’s 100-meter backstroke, White posted a time of 1:02.77 to finish fourth overall and advance to Friday night’s final. White was also fourth in the morning prelims with a time of 1:02.64.

Several other Cavaliers’ competed in the second day of the U.S. Olympic Trials, but did not advance to the evening session.Rory Schmidt (Phoenix, Ariz./Arcadia) – placed 14th in the prelims of the 400-meter freestyle (4:14.35) – just two seconds out of eighth place and a spot in the finalsLuke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) – placed 27th in the prelims of the 100-meter backstroke (57.97)Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) – placed 44th in the prelims of the 400-meter freestyle (4:21.44)

The U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials continue Friday with several Cavaliers competing. In addition to White in the finals of the 100 backstroke, rising fourth-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) and rising second-year Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J./Princeton Day) will swim the 200-meter butterfly.

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