Auburn Swimmers Compete At The American Short Course Championships
Jeff Smith

Feb. 22, 2007

AUBURN, Ala. - Current and former members of the Auburn men's and women's swimming teams opened competition at the American Short Course Championships Thursday in Austin, Texas. A 1-2-3 finish in the men's 200 IM by former Auburn All-Americans highlighted the opening day.

Former Tiger Mark Gangloff won the 200 IM with a time of 1:44.45, and was closely followed by Eric Shanteau who placed second in 1:44.81. Doug Van Wie was next, placing third with a mark of 1:46.81.

Another former Auburn All-American, Kirsty Coventry, was the winner in the women's 200 IM, clocking a time of 1:56.60.

Several current members of the Auburn teams competed at the event in hopes of posting qualifying marks for the upcoming NCAA Championships. Two Tigers did manage to record provisional qualifying marks.

In the men's 500 free, Jeff Smith recorded a `B' cut mark of 4:25.90 in the prelims before slowing slightly in the finals but still placing second in 4:26.22. Marshel Renz also swam in the prelims, finishing in 4:40.90.

In the women's 200 IM, Blakely Bunch won the B final with a provisional time of 2:04.10, beating the `B' cut standard by .03 seconds.

Also for Auburn, in the women's 100 fly, Kara Nelson was eighth with a time of 55.97 seconds, and swam a 55.92 time in the prelims. Katherine Caldwell was 12th in the finals with a time of 56.36 seconds after touching in 56.16 in the prelims, and also swam in the 50 free, placing 16th in the finals in 24.28 seconds after going 23.98 in the prelims.

In the men's 100 fly, Andrew Bretscher finished seventh in 49.33 seconds and had a time of 49.08 in the prelims. Kyle Maese, who had a time of 49.69 in the prelims, finishing in 14th in the finals with a mark of 49.81.



Bretscher and Maese also swam in the 50 free, but it was Michael Silva who had the best mark, placing eighth in 20.61 seconds with a prelim time of 20.56. Maese (20.85) was 12th, Bretscher (20.93) placed 18th and John Long (20.98) was 19th.

In the men's 200 IM, in addition to the 1-2-3 finish for the former Tigers, Silva swam a time of 1:51.31 to finish 11th and Renz (1:52.01) was 12th. Jonathan Hiett (1:53.42) finished 15th and Long (1:54.47) was 16th.

Competition at the American Short Course Championships continues through Sunday.