Dec. 19, 2007
AUBURN - Six current and former Auburn swimmers will travel to Manchester, England to represent the United States National Team at the 2008 FINA Short Course World Championships, USA Swimming announced Tuesday.
Earning spots on the men's team were Olympic gold medalist Mark Gangloff (Akron, Ohio), Bryan Lundquist (Marietta, Ga.) and Doug Van Wie (Charlotte, N.C.). Making the women's team was Olympian Margaret Hoelzer, along with current Tigers Maggie Bird (Muncie, Ind.) and Kara Denby (Simi Valley, Calif.).
Also chosen to represent the United State was former head coach David Marsh, who was selected to be the head coach for the women's team.
Auburn had the most current and former swimmers chosen to the team with six. The closest team to the Tigers was California-Berkeley with four.
Set for April 9-13, 2008, the Short Course Championships is the final international competition for U.S. swimmers prior to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Swimmer earned their way on the team by way of their performance at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming Short Course National Championships, Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 2007 in Atlanta.
Gangloff earned his way on with a win in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 53.05. He also finished second in the 200 breast and seventh in the 200 IM. Lundquist finished third in the 50 free (19.39), fourth in the 100 free (42.87) and sixth in the 100 back (46.68) while Van Wie was third in the 100 back (45.86), fourth in the 200 back (1:41.98) and fourth in the 200 IM (1:44.46).
For the women, Hoelzer won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:51.68 while finishing runner-up in the 100 back (52.30). She also won the B Final in the 100 fly (52.20) and finished eighth in the 200 IM (1:59.22). Bird finished third in the 1,650 free (16:07.93) and runner-up in the B Final (4:42.80) while Denby was fifth in the 100 free (48.91) and eighth in the 100 breast (1:02.70).