July 30, 2012
Auburn Olympic Central
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LONDON - Seven-time Olympic medalist Kirsty Coventry put herself in position to contend for another as the former Auburn star posted the second-fastest qualifying time Monday morning in preliminaries of the 200-meter individual medley at the 2012 London Olympics.
Coventry, competing for her native Zimbabwe, posted a time of 2:10.51 to finish second in her heat and also second overall in the qualifying heats, advancing to the semifinal with 15 others, including world record-holder Ariana Kukors, who qualified seventh. Coventry was sixth after the opening butterfly leg, but her split of 32.30 on the backstroke propelled her into second place. She would remain there for the duration of the race, splitting 37.89 on her breaststroke leg and 31.04 in the freestyle to finish only behind China's Ye Shiwen.
This is Coventry's second event of these Olympics after she finished 14th in the 100m backstroke semifinals Sunday. Coventry was the only Auburn athlete to compete Monday.
The semifinals of the women's 200 IM get underway at 2:55 p.m. CT (9:55 p.m. GMT) at the Aquatics Centre. Coventry will be in the first heat in lane 4. NBCOlympics.com will have live coverage, and the races will be replayed on NBC later Monday night. Fans can also follow @AuburnSwimming and #AUOlympics on Twitter for complete coverage of Auburn's athletes in London.