Dec. 14, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - Twelve current and former Auburn swimmers will represent their respective countries at the 2010 Short Course World Championships held in Dubai, UAE. The competition runs from Dec. 15-19.
The 12 athletes will represent seven different countries, including Australia, the Bahamas, Brazil, Croatia, France, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.
"Auburn is represented by a great group of athletes once again on the world stage and that is always exciting for a program to see," head coach Brett Hawke said. "We take pride in the amount of athletes that excel internationally and we're anxious to see how well they do."
Among the 12, three are current student-athletes and members of the Auburn swimming squad. Senior Adam Klein and junior Micah Lawrence will represent the United States, while junior Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace will represent the Bahamas. Vanderpool-Wallace is set to compete in four events (50 free, 100 free, 50 fly, 100 fly) and Lawrence will swim in all three breaststroke events. Klein will compete in the 200 breast.
"One of our goals for all of our student-athletes is to help them bring their athleticism to the international level," Hawke said. "We're proud of these three and are excited to see how they perform on the world stage."
Highlighting the crew of nine former Tigers are Olympic medalists Cesar Cielo, Fred Bousquet, George Bovell and Mark Gangloff. Cielo won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in the 50m free and is the current record holder in the 50m and 100m free (long course).
Gangloff is a two-time gold medalist in the 400m medley relay, while Bousquet is a 2008 silver medalist in the 400m free relay and Bovell won the bronze in 2004 in the 200 IM.
The world meet opens Wednesday with the men's 200m free. Competing individually on the first day will be Lawrence (50m breast), Gangloff (100m breast), Rachel Goh (100m back), Alana Dillette (100m back) and Tyler McGill (100m fly).
Check back daily to AuburnTigers.com for updates on the Tigers throughout the 2010 Short Course World Champions