July 29, 2009
AUBURN - Former Auburn swimmer Mark Gangloff claimed the Tigers' third 2009 FINA World Championships Medal on Wednesday, placing third in the men's 50m breaststroke finals, hitting a new American record time of 26.86. Gangloff reclaimed the American record he set at U.S. Trials after it was taken by Kevin Swander the next day at the World University Games.
The 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist advanced to finals as the eighth seed with a semis time of 27.24, just six-hundredths of a second over Alessandro Terrin in ninth.
A total of six Tigers entered Wednesday's 100m freestyle prelims and semis with Cesar Cielo and Fred Bousquet coming out on top, advancing to Thursday night finals as the second and eighth seeds, respectively. Cielo, who nearly toppled the Eamon Sullivan's world record as the leadoff for the Brazilian 4x100 free relay team on Sunday, touched in with semis time of 47.48. Bousquet slipped into finals, hitting the wall in 47.98. Frenchman Alain Bernard took lane four for finals, winning semis with a 47.27.
Former Tiger sprinter Matt Targett (48.15) just missed out on finals, placing 11th followed by George Bovell (48.82) in 26th, incoming freshman Adam Brown (48.90) in 28th and Alexei Puninski (49.08) in 30th. There were 202 entries for the men's 100m freestyle.
Auburn swimmers have reached the World Championships medal stand only twice for the men's 100m freestyle. Once in 1978 as Dave McCagg took gold and again in 1982 with Rowdy Gaines claiming silver. Bousquet and Cielo, ranked second and fourth in the world, respectively, will look to end the streak.
Eric Shanteau advanced to to finals of the men's 200m IM, placing fifth through semis with a 1:57.16. The Lilburn, Ga., native finished second in prelims, hitting the wall in 1:57.65. Shanteau recently hit a new personal best at U.S. Trials, touching in at 1:56.00.
Auburn senior Alana Dillette placed 51st in the women's 50m backstroke. The Nassau, Bahamas native recorded a new personal best time of 29.93 in the process.
Shanteau and Auburn junior Adam Klein will compete in Thursday prelims and semis for the men's 200m breaststroke. Shanteau set the new American record for the event while winning U.S. Trials, followed by Klein in second.
Auburn swimmers have made the medal stand a total of 41 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.