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Dart Posts Top Ten Time at British Olympic Trials

March 5, 2012

LONDON, England — The Clemson men’s swimming and diving program is being well-represented overseas this week, as senior Chris Dart is competing at the British Olympic Trials.

Dart, who is a dual citizen of the United States and Great Britain, finished ninth in the 100-meter backstroke. He qualified for the semifinal heat with a time of 56.28 seconds, and he swam the semis in 56.70 seconds, missing the finals by only seven-hundredths of a second. Dart’s accomplishment is particularly impressive given the difference between the pools in which he is competing in the United States to prepare for the NCAA Championships and the Olympic-sized pools in which he is swimming in Britain.

“There is a transition period coming off our ACC Championships, which was a short course event, and going right into trials, which is a long course event,” Clemson Head Coach Christopher Ip said. “With the extra few days of training, we look forward to better results.”

Next on his quest to qualify for the British Olympic squad, Dart will compete in the 200 backstroke after a two-day break. ClemsonTigers.com will have coverage throughout Dart’s experience at the British Olympic Trials.

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