April 13, 2008
MANCHESTER, England - Former Auburn swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Mark Gangloff captured two silver medals on Sunday, the final day of the 9th FINA World Short Course Championships.
Gangloff started off the session by taking second in the 50m breaststroke, clocking a time of 26.54. He turned around just a short time later and swam the breaststroke leg on the silver-medal winning American 400m medley relay team.
He swam the fastest breaststroke split, touching in at 57.34, helping the United States team to a time of 3:24.38 - a mark that comes in under the old World record and sets a new American record in the event.
Former Tiger Bryan Lundquist swam the freestyle leg on the relay during the preliminary, coming in with a 47.24 split to give the U.S. the No. 3 seed in the finals session.
Lundquist also swam in the 100m freestyle final, coming in seventh with a time of 48.01.
Three other former Auburn swimmers were in action in Sunday's final session as Kirsty Coventry swam the 50m backstroke, George Bovell swam the 100m individual medley and Jeremy Knowles swam the 200m butterfly.
Coventry, who was named the female Swimmer of the Meet after winning four gold medals, a bronze and setting three World records, finished fifth in the 50m backstroke with a time of 26.85. The fifth-place finish is her lowest finish of the six events she competed in at the meet.
Bovell, an Olympic bronze medalist from Trinidad & Tobago, finished eighth in the 100m IM with a time of 54.03. Knowles, an Olympian from the Bahamas, rounded out the Auburn contingent as he finished seventh in the 200m fly with a time of 1:54.31.
After leading all countries in the medal count, the United States was awarded with the meet championship trophy at the conclusion of the meet.
Auburn swimmers won 13 medals at the World Short Course Championships, including eight gold medals and five World records.
In all, 11 current and former Auburn swimmers competed this week at the 9th FINA World Short Course Championships at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England. Former Auburn swimmer and head coach David Marsh was also at the meet this week, serving as the United States women's team head coach.
For more information, check out the official Championships Web page at www.Manchester2008.org.
AUBURN MEDAL COUNT
Gold - Kirsty Coventry - 400 Individual Medley - World Record
Gold - Kirsty Coventry - 100 Backstroke
Gold - Kirsty Coventry - 200 Backstroke - World Record
Gold - Kirsty Coventry - 200 Individual Medley - World Record
Gold - Bryan Lundquist - 400 Freestyle Relay - World Record
Gold - Doug Van Wie - 400 Freestyle Relay - World Record
Gold - Margaret Hoelzer - 400 Medley Relay - World Record
Gold - Kara Denby - 400 Medley Relay - World Record
Silver - Rachel Goh - 400 Medley Relay
Silver - Mark Gangloff - 50 Breaststroke
Silver - Mark Gangloff - 400 Medley Relay
Bronze - Margaret Hoelzer - 200 Backstroke
Bronze - Kirsty Coventry - 100 Individual Medley