Ava Ohlgren Earns Two More Gold Medals At The World University Games
July 8, 2009
AUBURN - Ava Ohlgren earned her third and fourth gold medals of the 2009 World University Games on Wednesday, topping the field in the women's 200m IM finals and swimming leadoff for the victorious United States 800m freestyle relay team.
The two-time NCAA Champion has accumulated more World University Games medals than any student-athlete in the history of the Auburn swimming and diving program. Prior to Sunday competition, Otied with four other Tigers for most gold medals while trailing Demerae Christianson (2005) with three total medals.
Ohlgren entered the day as the top seed in the 200m IM and delivered out of lane four, laying down a 2:15.40 for the win. Just over an hour later, Ohlgren re-entered the competition pool as the leadoff for Team USA in the 800m freestyle relay and picked up some more hardware for her efforts.
The 13-time Southeastern Conference Champion delivered two gold medals to Team USA on Sunday, winning the women's 400m IM finals and swimming the third leg of the victorious United States 400m freestyle relay.
Ohlgren also earned a pair of gold medals for Team USA at the 2007 Pan American Games, taking first in the 200m freestyle and swimming the third leg of the winning 800m freestyle relay team.
Ohlgren earned her position on the USA National Team following a 400 Individual Medley victory at the 2008 USA Swimming U.S. Open, held July 29-August 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Northville, Mich., native was also selected to represent the United States in the 200 IM and 200 fly.
The 2009 World University Games are a 12-day, 15-sport event held July 1-12 in Belgrade, Serbia. The United States sent a total of 26 swimmers and 11 divers to Belgrade. The U.S. swimmers at the 2009 World University Games roster were chosen based on their performance at the U.S. Open Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Divers were chosen by committee following the Speedo Spring Nationals.
All competitors at the World University Games must fall between 17 and 28 years of age, as well as be a student-athlete officially enrolled in a full-time course of study at an approved institute of higher education before entry date, or enrolled full-time through Jan. 1, 2009. Complete results and additional information regarding the World University Games may be accessed at www.ub2009.org.
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