July 28, 2009
2009 World Championships Notes
Auburn Swimming & Diving 2009 Rome World Champs Blog
2009 FINA World Championships Central
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AUBURN - Former Auburn swimmer Kirsty Coventry placed eighth in the women's 100m backstroke finals at the 2009 FINA World Championships. Also in day three action was former Tiger Mark Gangloff, advancing to the men's 50m breaststroke finals as the eighth seed through semis.
Coventry, the seven-time Olympic Medalist from Harere, Zimbabwe, touched in at 59.74 after advancing as the fourth-seed through prelims. Florida senior Gemma Spofforth claimed gold in the event, dropping a 58.12 for a new world record.
Gangloff touched in at 27.24 in heat two of Tuesday's 50m breaststroke semis, making Wednesday's championship finals by six-hundredths of a second over Alessandro Terrin in ninth. Current Tigers Adam Klein (28.24) and Genaro Prono (29.37) placed 50th and 78th, respectively.
Wednesday's morning and evening session will feature eight Auburn swimmers, including six in the men's 100m freestyle prelims and semis. Former Tiger sprinters Fred Bousquet, Cesar Cielo, Matt Targett, Jakob Andkjaer, George Bovell and incoming freshman Adam Brown will fight for a place in Thursday's championship final. Three Tigers are currently ranked in the top-10 of FINA's World Rankings for the 100m free - Bousquet in second, Cielo in fourth and Targett in 10th.
Also competing on Wednesday will be Eric Shanteau in the prelims and semis for the men's 200m IM. The Liburn, Ga., native currently ranks second in the world rankings.
Auburn swimmers have made the medal stand a total of 40 times at the FINA Long Course World Championships since first appearing in 1978. The Tigers have totaled 19 gold medals in the process. Former Tiger Rowdy Gaines leads the way in the medal count, earning a total of eight - five in 1982 and three in '78. Gaines also leads the way in the gold medal count, winning a total of five for Team USA.
Auburn swimming and diving is represented at the 2009 FINA World Championships by a contingent of 17 athletes representing 12 nations. The event, held July 17-Aug. 2 at the Foro Italico, will showcase swimming events July 26-Aug. 2 at the Stadio del Nuoto.
Live timing, heat sheets and complete results will be available throughout each session of the 2009 FINA World Championships by logging on to www.OmegaTiming.com. Live streaming video will be made available at www.UniversalSports.com.