Aug. 2, 2012
Auburn Olympic Central
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LONDON - Thursday morning was a great day for Auburn swimming at the 2012 London Olympics as five of six former Tigers in the preliminary round advanced to the semifinals in their respective events.
George Bovell (TRI) and Cesar Cielo (BRA) were the top two qualifiers in the men's 50-meter freestyle with Bovell clocking a time of 21.77 while Cielo, the defending gold medalist and world-record holder, posted a 21.80. Gideon Louw (RSA) also made his way into the semifinal, tying for fourth in his heat with a 22.12 and qualifying 12th overall.
Adam Brown (GBR) just missed the semifinals, finishing seventh in his heat with a 22.39 to end up 20th overall. He was only .09 seconds shy of a semifinal berth of his own.
In the men's 100m butterfly, Tyler McGill (USA) clocked a 51.95, finishing second in his heat and qualifying seventh for his first Olympic semifinal.
Two-time defending gold medalist Kirsty Coventry (ZWE) kept hope alive for a third straight title in the women's 200-meter backstroke, finishing second in her heat with a time of 2:08.14. That time gave her the third overall qualifying spot behind Americans Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel.
All three semifinals will take place later today. The men's 50m freestyle semifinal begins at 1:30 p.m. CT with Bovell, Cielo and Louw slated to compete. Immediately following those heats, senior Micah Lawrence will swim for the gold medal in the women's 200m breaststroke final, set for a 1:40 p.m. CT start. Coventry swims the 200m backstroke semifinal at 1:56 p.m., and McGill will compete in the 100 fly semifinal at 2:54 p.m.
DOUBLE TRAP SHOOTING: Former Auburn student Glenn Eller shot a 126 Thursday morning, finishing 22nd in the Men's Double Trap Shooting. The defending gold medalist fired rounds of 41-43-42 in qualification, failing to make it to finals. Great Britain's Peter Wilson shot a 143 in qualification and is the top seed for today's finals.
NBCOlympics.com will have live streaming of all events, and NBC will carry tape-delayed coverage of today's action during its primetime coverage tonight. In addition, fans can follow @AuburnSwimming and #AUOlympics on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates on the Tigers in London.