A&M’s Raiford Punches Ticket to U.S. Olympic Trials

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FEDERAL WAY, WA -- Texas A&M junior Brad Raiford became the fifth Aggie swimmer to earn a spot at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials with a strong 50-meter freestyle swim at the Post-NCAA Long Course Invitational on Sunday at the King County Aquatic Center.

Raiford, from Kingwood, Texas, joins teammates Ozzie Gardner (50 and 100 free), Casey Strange (50 free), Ryan Latone (200 free) and Tyler Welch (100 butterfly) as qualifiers for the Olympic Trials.

Raiford just missed the Olympic cut in the first session with a time of 23.77, but hit the qualifying standard exactly with a 23.49 clocking in the second session.

Gardner, who was coming off a weekend when he set the school record in the 50 and 100 free, lowered his best time to 23.02 in the 50-meter free.

Sophomore Nikita Denisyako posted a time of 56.63 in the 100 backstroke, which was just off his lifetime best.

Former A&M All-American and volunteer assistant coach Alfredo Jacobo posted a time of 1:03.09 in pursuit of a spot on the Mexican Olympic Team.

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