June 10, 2007
AUBURN - Doug Van Wie picked up the win in the 200m back Sunday in the final day of competition in the Charlotte UltraSwim, wrapping up a solid showing this week from current and former Auburn swimmers.
In all, 12 Tigers advanced to finals in the four events Sunday. On the schedule were the 800m free, 200m IM, 200m back and 100m free.
The Charlotte UltraSwim was 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 took place at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.
Van Wie's win in the 200m back, by a time of 2:02.34, was the 10th win of the meet for Auburn swimmers.
Cesar Cielo came close to another Tiger win in the 100m free, setting the would-be meet record of 49.57 in the preliminary, but opting not to compete in the night's final.
Jeremy Knowles accounted for the other top-five finishes among Auburn men's swimmers, placing fifth in the 200m IM with a time of 2:06.96.
As for Auburn women, the Tigers dominated the four events on the schedule, accounting for 13 top-10 finishes.
Maggie Bird got things started with a runner-up finish in the 1500m free, finishing in 16:51.47. She was followed by Chelsea Haser, who finished fourth in a time of 17:08.75.
Ava Ohlgren followed up with another runner-up finish, hers coming in the 200m IM with a time of 2:14.95. Emily Kukors came in right behind her, finishing third in 2:16.55, while Kara Denby rounded out the A Final, finishing eighth in 2:21.10.
Also competing in the 200m IM were Emile Ewing (2:20.68) and Blakeley Bunch (2:25.53), finishing 10th and 18th, respectively.
Ewing then turned around to finish fifth overall in the 200m back in a time of 2:17.95. Rachel Goh finished close behind, placing seventh with a time of 2:19.13.
Bird rounded out the top 10, finishing in 2:21.32 while Kristen Harstrup finished 12th in 2:22.13.
Bunch finished 16th in the event in a time of 2:27.17 with Alana Dillette winning the C Final, finishing 17th overall, with a time of 2:21.32.
In the final event of the day, Kara Denby posted the third runner-up finish of the day for an Auburn swimmer, finishing second in the 100m free with a time of 56.43.
Kukors and Ewing finished out the A Final, coming in seventh and eighth, respectively. Kukors finished in 57.24 with Ewing finishing in 58.03.
Ohlgren won the B Final, finishing ninth overall, with a time of 57.18. Dillette (58.19) and Goh (58.24) finished close behind her, placing 11th and 12th, respectively.
Hastrup rounded out the Auburn representation in the event, finishing 21st with a time of 59.57.