July 22, 2007
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Cesar Cielo and Mark Gangloff led current and former Auburn swimmers Sunday at the 15th Pan American Games, picking up a pair of gold medals in the final day of swimming competition.
Tiger swimmers earned four medals on Sunday, two golds, for a total of 13 medals in this year's Games - the most ever accumulated by Auburn swimmers in the Pan Am Games. The mark tops the 2003 Pan Am Games in which Auburn swimmers tallied 10 medals.
The eight gold medals won this year is also a new Auburn high with the previous record of six coming in the 1979 Pan Am Games.
Cielo, swimming for host country Brazil, got things started on Sunday with a victory in the 50m freestyle. He won with a time of 21.84, setting a new Pan Am Games record in the event. The record was one of five set by Auburn swimmers at the 2007 Games.
Former Tiger George Bovell, swimming for Trinidad & Tobago, was right behind Cielo in the event, finishing third in the 50m free with a time of 22.36, barely more than a half second behind Cielo. Taking bronze in the event, it was the first medal this year for Bovell who finished with four at the 2003 Pan Am Games.
Gangloff (Akron, Ohio) gave Auburn its second gold medal of the day as he swam the 100m breaststroke on Team USA's gold-medal winning 400m medley relay team. Gangloff swam his portion in 59.54, for a team time of 3:34.37, setting a new Pan Am Games record in the event.
Cielo earned his fourth medal of the Games as he helped Brazil to a silver-medal finish in the 400m medley relay, right behind Gangloff and Team USA. He swam the 100m free anchor leg in the event, finishing in 47.80 for a team time of 3:35.81.
Two other Auburn swimmers were also in action on Sunday, barely coming short of taking a place on the medal stands.
Pascal Wollach (Canada) finished fourth, nearly earning his second bronze, in the 100m backstroke, finishing in 55.91.
Alana Dillette also posted a fourth-place finish as she swam the backstroke leg for the Bahamas in the 400m medley relay. She finished her leg in 1:04.16 as her team completed the event in 4:18.97.
Auburn also had one of its swimmers competing on Saturday as Jeremy Knowles (Bahamas) finished fourth in the 200m butterfly in a time of 1:58.48. He finished just five-hundredths of a second off of third place, nearly earning his first medal of the 2007 Games.
Sunday's events marked the final day of swimming competition in the Pan American Games.
Auburn swimmers made a heavy impact to their respective nation's results. Team USA accounted for 38 medals in the Games with Auburn swimmers earning seven of those. Brazil was second in the medal count with 27 medals, four of which came from Cielo.
Wollach's bronze was one of 17 medals earned by Canada, who finished third in overall medals.
Auburn Medal Count (13 Medals - 8 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze)
Cesar Cielo - Gold - 100m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle Relay, 50m Freestyle
Mark Gangloff - Gold - 400m Medley Relay
Emily Kukors - Gold - 800m Freestyle Relay, 400m Freestyle Relay
Ava Ohlgren - Gold - 800m Freestyle Relay, 200m Free
Cesar Cielo - Silver - 400m Medley Relay
Mark Gangloff - Silver - 100m Breaststroke
Emily Kukors - Silver - 200m IM
George Bovell - Bronze - 50m Freestyle
Pascal Wollach - Bronze - 800m Free Relay