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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Virginia swimmer Ryan Hurley earned a seventh-place finish Friday in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2008 FINA Short Course World Championships. The event, which runs through Sunday, is being held in Machester, England.

Hurley, one of 25 United States swimmers competing in the event, was selected to carry the United States flag in the opening ceremony of the event.

Hurley finished seventh with a time of 2:09.53 in the 200-meter event. Kristopher Gilchrist of Great Britain earned gold with a time of 2:06.18. Former UVa swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Ed Moses is the world record holder in the event (2:02.92), set back in 2004.

“It was a wonderful result for Ryan,” UVa head coach Mark Bernardino said. “Our expectation going into the meet was that he would swim well but he was not fully rested or tapered. For him to compete like he did among the world’s elite is encouraging for the upcoming Olympic Trials.”

For more information about the meet, including a link to results, the official Manchester Web site and daily wrap-ups, visit USA Swimming’s special FINA World Swimming Championships section online.

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