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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Coventry breaks world record

Auburn's Kirsty Coventry is the new owner of the world record in the women's 100-meter backstroke after swimming the event in 58.77 seconds in the semifinals tonight. She beat Natalie Coughlin's previous record by two-tenths of a second. Earlier in the day, she set an Olympic record in the event in the prelims.

Auburn's Margaret Hoelzer also qualified for Monday's finals. She was third in her heat and sixth overall.

Auburn's Mark Gangloff also swam tonight. He took eighth in the 100-meter breaststroke finals.

Four more Auburn swimmers are about to compete in the 400-meter freestyle relay. I'll post results here if anyone does anything big.

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