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Freshman Swimmer Rachael Schaffer off to a great start

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South Carolina Swimming & Diving opened up their season this past weekend in Nashville, beating both Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky.

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In her first collegiate meet, freshman swimmer Rachael Schaffer swam the sixth-fastest time in school history in the 200 Breaststroke AND the 200 Individual Medley (for you non-swimming folks, that's 50 yards of each of the four strokes in one race). Rachel also finished second in the 100 Breaststroke. Her great performance this weekend earned her the AgSouth Athlete of the Week honor.

A native of Baltimore, Rachael swims for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club (if that sounds familiar, it's also where Michael Phelps trains) and already has 2012 Olympic Trial qualifying times in four events.

Congrats, Rachael. Keep it up and Go Gamecocks!

- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog

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