July 30, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. - With the summer season in full swing, 37 current, former and future Auburn swimmers and divers are ready to take on the top competition in the country in this week's National Championships.
The ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships are set for July 31 - Aug. 4 in Indianapolis, Ind. The Championships represent the final long-course Nationals before the 2008 Olympic Trials. All events will take place at the Indiana University Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.
On the other side of the country, Auburn divers will compete in the Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championships. Competition runs from July 31 - Aug. 5 at the Avery Aquatic Center in Stanford, Calif.
For the swimming Nationals, 34 current, former and future Auburn swimmers are set to take the course. Auburn will be represented in all 28 individual swimming events.
Three Tigers enter the week with a qualifying time ranked in the top five in at least one of their events.
Mark Gangloff holds the second-best qualifying time in the 100m breas at 1:00.63. He is also swimming in the 200m breast.
Eric Shanteau is in the top five in three of the four events he is competing. He is second overall in the 200m breast with a time of 2:11.38. He comes in ranked third in both the 200m IM (1:58.05) and 400m IM (4:14.33).
Jeremy Knowles, fresh off of the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, comes into this week's Nationals with the fourth-best time in the 200m butterfly (1:59.20). He is also competing in the 100m fly and 200m IM.
Other current and former Tigers competing this week in Indianapolis are Jordan Anderson (100m fly, 200m fly); Maggie Bird (200m free, 400m free, 800m free, 1500m free); Blakeley Bunch (400m IM); Andrew Callahan (100m breast, 200m breast, 200m IM, 400m IM); Will Dove (200m free, 400m free, 800m free); Emile Ewing (50m free, 100m free, 200m free, 100m back, 200m back, 200m IM); Chelsea Haser (200m free, 400m free, 800m free); Kristen Hastrup (100m fly, 200m fly, 200m free, 400, free); Jonathan Hiett (100m breast); Abby MacGregor (100m breast, 200m breast); Logan Madson (100m fly, 200m fly, 200m IM); Kyle Maese (50m free); Melissa Marik (100m back, 200m back, 50m free, 100m fly); Margo McCawley (100m fly, 200m free, 100m back, 200m back); Tyler McGill (100m fly, 200m fly, 200m free, 200m IM); Julianne McLane (100m back, 400m free); Kara Nelson (100m fly); Steve Scheren (50m free, 100m free, 200m free); Michael Silva (100m breast); Jeff Smith (400m IM, 400m free, 800m free); Julie Stupp (100m breast, 200m breast, 200m IM, 400m IM); Luke Weniger (50m free, 100m fly); and James Wike (100m free, 100m back).
In addition to the current and former Tigers, seven newcomers that will join the team in the fall will also be in action this week.
They are: Julie Golden (50m free, 100m back, 200m back); Adam Klein (100m breast, 200m breast); Robert Looney (200m fly, 400m IM, 400m free, 800m free, 1500m free); Micah Martindale (200m free, 400m free, 800m free, 1500m free); Andrew Mitchell (200m fly, 200m back, 200m IM, 400m IM); Kohlton Norys (100m fly, 100m back, 200m back); and Melanie Roberts (100m breast, 200m breast, 100m fly, 200m IM, 400m IM).
Also competing this week are three Auburn divers at the USA Diving National Championships. Dan Mazzaferro is set to dive in the 3-Meter, Platform and Synchronized Platform competitions. Kelly Marx and Caleb Dunnichay will compete in the Synchronized 3-Meter.
The USA Diving Nationals gives divers from across the country the opportunity to qualify for Trials for the 2008 Olympics.
Action in the swimming events is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CT each day with preliminary heats. Finals in each day's events will begin at 6 p.m. Fan can follow the action live with a video Webcast at www.USASwimming.org or with the live results at www.OmegaTiming.com.
The diving events get started each day at 2 p.m. CT. A live video Webcast is also available by going to www.ATTBlueRoom.com/TeamUSA.