July 17, 2007
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With the first day of finals at the 2007 Pan American Games almost complete, an Auburn swimmer has already earned a medal.
Pascal Wollach, swimming for Canada, earned a bronze medal on Tuesday while swimming as part of the third-place 800m freestyle relay team.
Host country Brazil won the relay with a time of 7:12.27 with Team Canada completing the event in 7:17.73. Wollach swam the third leg of the relay, finishing his 200 meters in 1:49.63. His time was the second-fastest on his team.
Only one other Tiger competed in a medal event on Tuesday as Andrew Callahan finished seventh with a time of 4:26.86 in the 400m IM.
Several other current and former Auburn swimmers earned their way into the finals in their respective events by way of semifinal heats. Cesar Cielo and Mark Gangloff led the group, each winning their respective semifinal.
Cielo won the second semifinal in the 100m freestyle with a time of 49.37. George Bovell finished close behind Cielo, placing third in 49.51. Gangloff won the first semifinal in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:00.24.
In total, 10 current and former Auburn swimmers are competing this week at the 15th Pan Am Games.
Tuesday's schedule included finals for the 400m IM, women's 400m freestyle and the men's 800, freestyle relay. Wednesday's medal events are the men's 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly, men's 100m freestyle, men's 100m breaststroke and the women's 800m freestyle relay.
All of the swimming events are scheduled to take place at the Maria Lenk National Aquatic Center in Rio de Janeiro.