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Shirey leads Baylor backstroke trio at Olympic Trials

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OMAHA, Neb. (WRCB) -- Baylor swimmers excel at the backstroke.

That much was evident Friday at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials where a trio of past and present Baylor Swim Club stars finished in the top 74 in preliminaries for the men's 200-meter backstroke.

Former Baylor star and current Alabama swimmer Reese Shirey led the way, ranking 71st with a time of 2.05.34. Recent Baylor grad Sam McHugh was two spots behind him at 2:05.52, followed one spot later by fellow Baylor grad and current Virginia swimmer Nathan Vredeveld in 2:05.61.

In a field of 107 swimmers, the Baylor trio finished within 27-hundredths of a second and three spots of each other.

Shirey, who swam at the trials in 2008, and McHugh also swam earlier this week in the prelims for the 100m backstroke.

Nathan's sister, Kristen Vredeveld, also swam her second event of the week Friday. The rising senior touched the wall in 58.28 in the women's 100-meter freestyle, placing 107th in the prelims. She'll also swim in the 50m free prelims on Saturday.

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