Feb. 18, 2008
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Former Auburn swimmer Kirsty Coventry posted two wins Monday as the Missouri Grand Prix came to a close, capping off an impressive week for the Zimbabwe native following her World record performance on Saturday.
Coventry started off the meet by winning the 100m back with a time of 59.47, setting a new U.S. Open record and coming three tenths of a second shy of the World record held by Natalie Coughlin (59.44).
She had some familiar company in the race as former teammate Margaret Hoelzer finished fifth with a time of 1:01.55. Current Tiger Rachel Goh, who is taking the year off to prepare for Australian Olympic Trials, also made the final in the 100m back, finishing seventh with a time of 1:02.58.
The win for Coventry was the first of two for her on the day as she followed it up with a victory in the 200m IM, touching in at 2:10.08 - a new pool and meet record.
Among former Auburn men's swimmers, it was Olympic gold medalist Mark Gangloff with the top performance as he finished second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.22.
Another Auburn Olympian, Jeremy Knowles of the Bahamas, earned a medal as he finished third in the 200m IM, clocking a time of 2:04.31.
Also competing on the final day of the meet were Doug Van Wie and Eric Shanteau. Van Wie finished eighth in the 100m back with a time of 56.04 while Shanteau won the C Final, finishing 17th overall, with a time of 58.09.
In an effort to simulate competition conditions in the summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, the Missouri Grand Prix was structured with evening preliminaries, followed by morning finals. The Missouri Grand Prix also has one of the toughest fields of the year as more than 640 swimmers, including at least 20 Olympic athletes, competed in Columbia, Mo.
The fifth-ranked Auburn swimming and diving teams return to action this week as the Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. for the SEC Championships.