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Kingston’s Tim Gallagher wins heat at U.S. Nationals swimming meet in Palo Alto

Kingston’s Tim Gallagher won the D final of the 200-meter backstroke Thursday during the second day of the U.S. National Swimming Championships Thursday at the Avery Aquatics Center at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Gallagher, who swims for the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim team, finished in 2 minutes, 1.13 seconds during the morning prelims to advance to the evening session. The swim also qualified Gallagher for the U.S. Olympic Trials next summer in Omaha, Nebraska.

In the final, Gallagher improved his time to 2:00.21, out-touching Hunter Tapp in 2:00.91 in a close second. Tapp took over the lead from Gallagher at the 10- meter turn, but the recent Kingston High graduate and University of Hawaii commit moved ahead in the final 50 and nearly had a body-lengths lead before Tapp pushed Gallagher at the end.

Gallagher will also swim in the 100 backstroke on Saturday.

Kevin Houseman of Bainbridge finished the 200 breaststroke in 2:19.76 and did not make the final. He will swim in the 100 breaststroke on Saturday. 

Prelims are at 9 a.m. and finals begin at 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

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