July 27, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - Nine current and former Auburn swimmers will compete over the next eight days at the FINA World Championships as the swimming portion of the event runs July 28-Aug. 4 in Barcelona, Spain.
Six men and three women that either currently swim or previously competed at Auburn will compete at the event. Senior Marcelo Chierighiniwill be the only current Tiger swimmer in the event; he will represent Brazil in both sprint freestyle events and seeks his first long-course Worlds medal.
Chierighini's fellow countryman, Cesar Cielo, will attempt to win his third straight World Championship gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle, where he is the world record-holder. He will also compete in the 50-meter butterfly, looking to defend another gold medal from 2011. Matt Targett(Australia) has been the silver medalist in the 50 fly each of the last two championships, and he won gold with the Australian 4x100 free relay in 2011.
Fred Bousquet(France) is also entered in the 50m free and 50m fly. Bousquet is a five-time World Championships medalist, winning silver in the 50 free in 2009 and four bronze medals across three championships.
Adam Brown (Great Britain) and George Bovell(Trinidad & Tobago) will both seek their first medal at a long-course World Championship. Both will compete in the 50m free, and Brown will also swim the 100 free.
On the women's side, 2013 Auburn graduate Micah Lawrence (USA) will look to improve on her 2012 Olympic performance in the 200m breaststroke. Two-time Olympian Gisela Morales (Guatemala) will compete in the World Championships for the second time, swimming the 50m and 100m backstroke. And 2012 graduate Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace(Bahamas) will compete in both the 50m and 100m freestyle.
NBC and Universal Sports will carry live coverage of the competition. A full broadcast schedule and competition schedule can be found at USASwimming.org.
AUBURN SWIMMERS/ENTERED EVENTS
Fred Bousquet - 50 free, 50 fly
George Bovell - 50 free
Adam Brown - 50 free, 100 free
Marcelo Chierighini - 50 free, 100 free
Cesar Cielo - 50 free, 50 fly
Micah Lawrence - 200 breast
Gisela Morales - 50 back, 100 back
Matt Targett - 50 free, 50 fly
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace - 50 free, 100 free