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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Coventry takes silver in 400 IM

I've been away from home/the computer all evening, so I don't know when this happened, but former Auburn swimmer Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe took silver in the 400-meter individual medley tonight in the Olympics. The three-time medalist in 2004 took second behind Australia's Stephanie Rice (who isn't hard on the eyes, by the way, if you ever saw the Facebook photos of her floating around the Internet), who set a new world record in the event. Coventry's time also beat the previous world record. She'll swim three more events in Beijing.

Also, ex-Auburn swimmer Mark Gangloff will swim in Sunday's finals in the men's 100-meter breaststroke. Gangloff took seventh in the semifinals to slip into the finals. He placed fourth in the event in the 2004 Olympics.

From the Auburn release, here's what is on tap for Sunday:
Swimming action in the 2008 Olympics continues at 5:33 a.m. CT with Sunday’s preliminary session. The session features two events that will pit current, former and future Auburn swimmers against one another.

Fred Bousquet (France), Cesar Cielo (Brazil) and Matt Targett (Australia) will compete against future Tigers Adam Brown (Great Britain) and Gideon Louw (South Africa) in the 400m freestyle relay. Each of the five swimmers are part of their respective country’s relay pool and are not necessarily guaranteed to swim in the heat.

Also on the program is the women’s 100m backstroke, an event that will feature Coventry (Zimbabwe), Alana Dillette (Bahamas) and Margaret Hoelzer (United States). The last Tiger to take to the pool in the session will be incoming freshman Stephanie Horner (Canada) as she suits up in the 400m freestyle.

And the schedule.

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