Aug. 1, 2012
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LONDON - Auburn swimmers Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and Micah Lawrence posted outstanding morning swims Wednesday and advanced to the semifinals in their respective events at the 2012 London Olympics.
Vanderpool-Wallace, a 2012 Auburn senior representing the Bahamas, clocked a personal-best and new Bahamian record in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 53.73, cutting .73 seconds off her previous best time from the 2011 World Championships. The 2011 and 2012 NCAA Champion in the 100-yard freestyle, Vanderpool-Wallace won her heat from an outside lane and qualified sixth overall to clinch a spot in tonight's semifinals.
Sophomore Megan Fonteno, the lone female swimmer representing American Samoa, also clocked a personal-best time in the 100m free with a 57.45, dropping .40 seconds off her previous best. She finished sixth in her heat and tied for 35th overall in her first Olympics appearance.
Later in the morning session, Lawrence easily qualified for the 200m breaststroke semifinal. The Auburn senior took third place in her heat with a time of 2:24.50, qualifying fourth overall and earning an inside lane for the semifinal.
Three Auburn swimmers will compete Wednesday night. Vanderpool-Wallace will lead things off with her swim in the 100 free semifinals at 1:38 p.m. CT (7:38 p.m. in London), then 2008 bronze medalist Cesar Cielo will look for another Olympic medal in the men's 100 free final at 2:20 p.m. CT (8:20 p.m. CMT). Lawrence will wrap up the night for the Auburn contingent at 2:27 p.m. CT with the 200 breaststroke semifinals.
NBCOlympics.com is carrying live streaming coverage of all swimming events, and NBC will have tape-delayed broadcasts of the semifinals and finals during their primetime coverage, beginning at 7 p.m. CT. For the latest updates and interaction with Auburn's swimmers and coaches in London, follow @AuburnSwimming and #AUOlympics on Twitter.