Aug. 15, 2006
Auburn, Ala. - Nine Auburn swimmers have arrived in Victoria, British Columbia, for the four-day Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships set to begin Wednesday at the Saanich Commonwealth Place Pool.
The Auburn roster includes five Olympians, who have a combined total of five medals from the 2004 Games: George Bovell (Trinidad & Tobago), Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe), Mark Gangloff, Margaret Hoelzer and Jeremy Knowles (Bahamas). Also competing at the event will be sophomore Cesar Cielo (Brazil), senior Hayley Peirsol, former Tiger Eric Shanteau and freshman Pascal Wollach (Canada).
Earlier this month at the USA National Championships, Hoelzer and Peirsol each earned gold in the 200m back and 800m free, respectively. Hoezler also earned bronze in the 100m back. Shanteau was a silver medalist in the 200m breast and Gangloff was fourth in the 100m breast. All four U.S. swimmers were selected to the Pan Pacific team based on their performances at the USA National Championships.
The nine athletes are scheduled to compete in 19 of the 27 individual events (as of the Aug. 11 psych sheet). Peirsol finds her name at the top of three events as she is the No. 1 seed in the 800m free, No. 2 seed in the 400m free and No. 3 in the 1500m free. Shanteau finds himself in the No. 2 spot in the 200m breast and is No. 3 in the 200m IM.
NBC will broadcast the event on a tape-delayed basis on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 2-4 p.m. EST, and on Sunday, Aug.27, from noon-1:30 p.m. EST. Ted Robinson will provide the play-by-play commentary, Auburn Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines will be the analyst and Craig Hummer will handle on-deck interviews.
Results will be available on http://www.omegatiming.com. To visit the official meet site, please go to http://www.panpacs2006.com