Feb. 10, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. - Three members of the Auburn swimming team have been selected by USA Swimming to represent the United States at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China, held August 12-23. Seniors Adam Klein and Kohlton Norys and junior Micah Lawrence will be a part of the 47-member Team USA that competes during the swimming competition, August 14-19.
The World University Games take place every two years and are an international event for university athletes. Swimmers were selected based on their performance at the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships. All athletes selected for the team must be at least 17 years old and less than 28 years old on Jan. 1, 2011.
"It is always a huge achievement to represent your country and an even greater achievement to represent the United States," head coach Brett Hawke said. "This country is one of the power houses in swimming and to have three of our student-athletes on the team is a great. We are very proud of all they have accomplished so far and are excited for them to compete this summer."
Klein, a senior from New Orleans, La., is an eight-time All-American, an NCAA champion and a three-time SEC champion for Auburn. In September 2010, he was named to the 2010-11 USA Swimming National Team and represented the United States at the 2010 World Short Course Championships held in Dubai, Dec. 15-19. He was selected to compete in the 200 breast during the international competition this summer.
Norys, a senior from Visalia, Calif., is a nine-time All-American, three-time NCAA champion and a four-time SEC champion for the Tigers. Norys has had success on the national level, reaching two "B" finals and two "C" finals during the 2010 ConocoPhillips U.S. National Championships, Aug. 4-8. He was chosen to be a part of the 4x100 free relay for the United States and this summer's competition will be his first international meet.
Lawrence, a junior from Pflugerville, Texas, is a six-time All-American and a three-time SEC champion at Auburn. Like Klein, she was selected to the 2010-11 USA Swimming National Team and also represented the U.S. at the 2010 World Short Course Championships. In August of 2010, Lawrence competed at the Pan Pacific Championships for the U.S. She was selected to compete in the 100 breast for the U.S. at the games.
Auburn is preparing for the 2011 SEC Championships held in Gainesville on the campus of the University of Florida. The divers are set to compete Feb. 11-13, while the swimmers will face off Feb. 16-19. The men look to win their 15th-straight conference title, while the women hope to pick up their sixth conference championship.