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July 9, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Rising third-year University of Virginia swimmer Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) finished fourth in the finals of the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials Friday evening (July 9) at the Charter All Digital Aquatic Centre in Long Beach, Calif. Rising fourth-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) advanced to the finals of the 200-meter butterfly by finishing third in the semifinals. The finals of the 200-meter butterfly will take place Saturday evening.

White, a first-team All-American in the 100 backstroke, finished fourth in the100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:02.23, missing a berth on the Olympic Team by two places. In the semifinals of the women’s 100-meter backstroke Thursday, White posted a time of 1:02.77 to finish fourth overall and advance to the finals. She was also fourth in the prelims with a time of 1:02.64.

Raab, also a first-team All-American in the 200 butterfly, placed third in semifinals of 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:57.60. He was just eight hundredths of a second behind second-place qualifier Tom Malchow (1:57.52) and .94 seconds behind top qualifier Michael Phelps (1:56.66). Raab was also third in the prelims Friday morning with a time of 1:58.56.

In addition to Raab, two other Cavaliers competed in the prelims of the 200-meter butterfly, but did not advance to the semifinals. Rising second-year Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J./Princeton Day) finished 20th with a time of 2:02.27 and rising fourth-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) placed 25th in a time of 2:02.96.

Rising third-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) also competed in Friday’s prelims and finished 44th in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:22.40.

The U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials continue Saturday with several Cavaliers competing. In addition to Raab in the finals of the 200 butterfly, Ed Moses (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) will compete in the 200-meter breaststroke. Rising fourth-year Kate Wrenshall (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bolles School) and rising second-year Kimi Kelly (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Ursuline School) will both swim the 200-meter butterfly.

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