June 9, 2007
AUBURN - Auburn swimmers continued to dominate at the Charlotte UltraSwim as the meet wrapped up its third day of competition. In all, 23 current and former Tigers advanced to the finals in Saturday's events.
Current and former Tigers earned six wins with the men taking top honors in four of the five individual events for the day. James Wike highlighted the day by setting a Toyota Grand Prix Series record in the 100m back, finishing in 55.30.
The Charlotte UltraSwim is the fourth stop on the 2007 Toyota Grand Prix Series. The seven-event Toyota Grand Prix Series is intended to provide U.S. National Team members and other elite swimmers with the opportunity to compete at a high level as they prepare for the championship period of the season.
The four-day meet, taking place at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C., continued Saturday with the 200m fly, 50m free, 100m back, 200m breast and 400m free.
Auburn swimmers nearly swept the men's events on Saturday with current and former Tigers winning all but one of the individual events.
Jeremy Knowles got things going in the 200m fly, winning the event in 2:00.25. Logan Madson also made the A Final and finished fifth in a time of 2:04.48.
Andrew Callahan and Tyler McGill advanced to the B Final, placing four Tigers in the top 10. Callahan finished seventh in a time of 2:05.48 while McGill came in 10th (2:05.91).
Cesar Cielo kept the winning run alive in the 50m free, finishing in 22.49. Teammate George Bovell finished right behind him in second in a time of 22.72.
Matt Targett rounded out the top five in a time of 23.12 while Bryan Lundquist won the B Final, finishing ninth overall in a time of 23.68.
Wike picked up the third win of the day for an Auburn swimmer in his record-setting performance in the 100m back, winning the event in 55.30. Doug Van Wie trails close behind Wike, finishing third in 57.05.
Former Tiger Mark Gangloff kept the winning streak alive in the 200m breast, earning his second win of the meet as he finished in 2:16.10.
Callahan finished in 2:23.75, good enough for 11th, while David Maras finished 19th in a time of 2:29.38.
In the final event of the day, Jeff Smith was the lone Auburn representative, taking 10th in the 400m free in a time of 4:05.02.
In the women's events, Kristen Hastrup made it a sweep for Auburn in the 200m fly, taking top honors in a time of 2:13.50. Emily Kukors finished close behind her, coming in with a time of 2:17.22 to finish fourth.
Ava Ohlgren picked up her first of two B Final victories in the 200m fly, finishing ninth overall with a time of 2:13.38.
Kara Denby nearly kept the women's winning run alive in the 50m free, finishing runner-up in a time of 26.07. Ohlgren picked up her second B Final win, finishing ninth overall with a time of 26.29 while Alana Dillette wonthe C Final, finishing 17th overall, in a time of 27.13.
Emile Ewing (27.02) and Kukors (27.36) also qualified for the B Final, finishing 14th and 16th, respectively.
Rachel Goh picked up second-place honors in the 100m back, coming in at 1:03.12. Ewing was close behind, finishing fifth in 1:03.79.
Dillette and Denby made it to the B Final, finishing 13th and 15th overall, respectively. Dillette finished in 1:05.69 while Denby came in at 1:07.51. Margo MacCawley rounded out the Auburn representation, finishing 21st overall in 1:06.95.
While Tiger swimmers did not make it to the A Final, Abby MacGregor and Ohlgren picked up a pair of wins in the other finals. MacGregor win the B Final, finishing ninth overall in a time of 2:33.79, while Ohlgren won the C Final, finishing 17th overall in a time of 2:38.29.
Maggie Bird finished the day strong for Auburn swimmers, picking up the sixth Tiger victory of the day in the 400m free. She finished the event in 4:15.25. Chelsea Haser followed up with a victory in the B Final, finishing ninth overall, in a time of 4:18.89.
Hastrup rounded out the Tiger representation in the event, finishing runner-up in the C Final (18th overall) in a time of 4:24.54.
Action in the Charlotte UltraSwim is set to resume at 9 a.m., Sunday with prelims in the 200m IM, 200m back, 100m free, women's 1500m free and men's 800m free. Finals will take place at 6 p.m.
Full meet information for the Charlotte UltraSwim can be found at www.justswimmac.org. On the Web site, there is also a link for Meet Results.