July 28, 2012
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Former Auburn swimmer Eric Shanteau (USA) earned an 11th-place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke Saturday night, narrowly missing a spot in Sunday's final at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Shanteau, a 2006 Auburn graduate, posted a time of 59.96 seconds, falling three spots and .18 seconds shy of advancing to the final. The eighth-place time of 59.78 went to USA teammate Brendan Hansen. Shanteau was fourth in the second semifinal heat, but six swims in the first heat were faster, including an Olympic-record swim of 58.83 from South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh.
The former Tiger exactly matched his preliminary mark of 59.96 - a textile personal-best - in the semifinal, where he was also 11th overall and fourth in his heat.
"I'm really happy," Shanteau told USA Today after his preliminary swim. "This is the first time I've been under a minute without a bodysuit on."
Shanteau will now look toward next Friday's 4x100 medley relay, where he will likely swim the breaststroke leg in the preliminaries. Four years ago, Shanteau's former Auburn teammate Mark Gangloff won a gold medal with the American medley relay team.
In preliminary action Saturday morning, former Tiger Stephanie Horner (Canada) finished 21st in the women's 400m individual medley, clocking a time of 4:45.49 to conclude her second Olympic appearance.
Sunday will be one of the busiest days for Auburn swimmers as seven current and former Tigers will compete at the Aquatics Centre. Seven-time Olympic medalist Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe) will begin her competition program with preliminaries in the women's 100m backstroke. The morning session will wrap up with the men's 4x100 freestyle relay, which will see current student-athletes James Disney-May (Great Britain) and Marcelo Chierighini (Brazil) competing alongside former Tigers Adam Brown (Great Britain), Cesar Cielo (Brazil), Gideon Louw (South Africa) and Matt Targett (Australia) for a spot in the final.
French star Laure Manaudou, who has trained under head coach Brett Hawke at Auburn for the last two years, will also compete in the 100 backstroke.
Coventry will swim in the fourth of six heats in the 100 back, which gets underway at 4 a.m. CT. Manaudou will swim in heat six. Brazil, South Africa and Great Britain will be in the first heat of the relay, and Australia - the top seed - will be in the second heat. The relay heats are slated for a 5:56 a.m. start.
Live coverage of Sunday's events begins at 4 a.m. CT with live streaming on NBCOlympics.com.
Women's 400m Individual Medley - Qualification
21. Stephanie Horner (CAN) - 4:45.49
Men's 100m Breaststroke - Heats
11. Eric Shanteau (USA) - 59.96
Men's 100m Breaststroke - Semifinals
11. Eric Shanteau (USA) - 59.96
Women's 100m Backstroke - Heats
Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) - Heat 4, Lane 8
Laure Manaudou (FRA) - Heat 6, Lane 7
Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay - Qualification
Brazil (Cesar Cielo, Marcelo Chierighini) - Heat 1, Lane 2
South Africa (Gideon Louw) - Heat 1, Lane 3
Great Britain (Adam Brown, James Disney-May) - Heat 1, Lane 6
Australia (Matt Targett) - Heat 2, Lane 4