Aug. 24, 2007
CHIBA, Japan - Abby MacGregor became the second Auburn swimmer to earn a medal at the Japan International Grand Prix on Friday, swimming as part of the second-place 400m Medley Relay team.
Her silver medal marks the third medal won by an Auburn swimmer as Matt Targett won silver in the 100m freestyle and gold as part of the winning Australian 400m freestyle relay team.
MacGregor swam the lead-off leg of the relay for Team USA, finishing her portion in 1:01.39. The Americans finished the event in 4:00.99, finishing behind gold-medal winning Australia (3:58.40).
MacGregor (Louisville, Ky.) also advanced to the finals in Thursday's events, finishing eighth overall in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:30.65. She advanced to the finals after finishing 10th in the preliminaries in 2:30.17.
Targett made two more finals in the last day of the meet. He finished eighth overall in the 50m freestyle in a time of 23.48. He advanced to the finals on the back of his fourth-place finish in preliminaries (22.81).
The Australia native also made the B Final in the 100m butterfly, winning the heat in 53.52. His finals time was faster than his preliminary time of 54.17 that placed him 13th.
Competing alongside Targett in the 100m fly was Auburn teammate Tyler McGill (Champaign, Ill.). McGill finished fourth in the heat in a time of 53.66 after actually beating Targett by a hundredth of a second in the preliminary, finishing 12th in 54.16.
McGill was also in action on Thursday, finishing 33 rd in the 200m freestyle preliminary with a time of 1:54.01.
Emile Ewing (Madisonville, Ky.) was the fourth Auburn swimmer to make a final on Friday, finishing fifth in the B Final of the 200m IM with a time of 2:16.65. She finished 11th in preliminaries with a time of 2:16.78.
Ewing was definitely one of the busier swimmers in the final two days of the meet, swimming in four different events. On Thursday she finished 15th in the 200m backstroke preliminary with a time of 2:15.88 and 27th in the 200m free preliminary in 2:03.41.
Ewing also swam the 50m free preliminary on Friday, finishing 14th with a time of 26.43.
Also making a final on Friday was James Wike (Sterling, Ill.). Wike finished fifth in the 200m IM B Final in 2:04.55 after finishing 11th in the preliminary (2:03.06).
Wike also swam in the 200m backstroke preliminary on Thursday, finishing 13 th with a time of 2:02.12.
Three other Auburn swimmers, Melanie Roberts (Raleigh, N.C.), Julianne McLane (Concord, Calif.) and Logan Madson (Bend, Ore.) were also in action in the final two days of the Japan International Grand Prix.
Roberts finished 27th in the 100m butterfly preliminary (1:02.01), 16th in the 200m breaststroke preliminary (2:31.85) and 17th in the 200m IM preliminary (2:17.45) to round out her week.
McLane finished 16th in the 200m backstroke preliminary with a time of 2:15.92 while Madson finished 30th in the 200m freestyle preliminary (1:53.54) and 17th in the 100m butterfly preliminary (54.39).
The Japan International Grand Prix continues on Thursday, August 23 with the men's 1500m freestyle, women's 100m butterfly, 200m backstroke, 200m freestyle and the 200m breaststroke.
All of the events in the Japan International Grand Prix will took place at the Chiba International General Swimming Center in Chiba, Japan.
For more information, go to www.Japan2007.org.