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Aug. 3, 2011

Ohio State swimmers have excelled through the first two days of competition at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships, being held at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center in Palo Alto, Calif.

The Buckeye 4×100 freestyle relay team, consisting of Lincoln Fahrbach, Zach Holmes, Jason Schnur and Andrew Elliott, finished sixth in a time of 3:23.43, the second fastest time posted by a collegiate quartet.

Fahrbach qualified for Wednesday’s finals in the 200 freestyle with a preliminary time of 1:50.93; his teammate Holmes swam the same event in 1:52.24 and fellow Buckeye Alex Miller, swimming in a later time trial, finished in 1:52.5, all three times good enough to qualify for next June’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.

Andrew Elliott will swim in Wednesday night’s 100 meter backstroke finals, after posting a preliminary time of 55.55, good enough to qualify him for the Olympic Trials. Elliott Keefer, just back from the World University Games, posted a time of 1:02.92 in the 100 meter breaststroke, quslifying him for the Olympic Trials, as did Ryan Bubb in the 200 meter butterfly with a time of 2:03.57

The national championships continue through Saturday.