July 28, 2012
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LONDON - Former Auburn swimmer Eric Shanteau advanced to the semifinals of the men's 100-meter breaststroke Saturday, highlighting the first morning of the swimming competition at the 2012 London Olympic Games which saw two former Tigers compete.
Shanteau posted a time of 59.96 seconds to finish 11th overall in the heats. A total of 12 swimmers broke the 1-minute mark, and a time of 1:00.57 was required to make the 16-man semifinal. Shanteau was just .03 behind his American counterpart, Brendan Hansen.
Australia's Christian Sprenger was the top qualifier in 59.62, and gold medal favorite Kosuke Kitajima of Japan was second overall, just .01 back of Sprenger.
In the women's 400 individual medley, former Tiger Stephanie Horner completed her second Olympic appearance by finishing 21st overall with a time of 4:45.49. The top qualifying time went to Florida junior Elizabeth Beisel (USA) in 4:31.68, and another American, Cal swimmer Caitlin Leverenz, snuck in the final with an eighth-place time of 4:36.09.
Shanteau will swim in the semifinal of the 100 breast later today. The two semifinal heats are slated to begin shortly after 2:30 p.m. CT (8:30 p.m. London time), and NBCOlympics.com will have live streaming. NBC will carry coverage of tonight's session on a tape-delayed basis as well, beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
For full coverage of Auburn athletes in the 2012 London Olympic Games, visit auburntigers.com/Olympics. Also, follow @AuburnSwimming and #AUOlympics on Twitter for the most up-to-the-minute coverage of the Tigers in London.