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Friday, August 15, 2008

More history for Auburn swimming

You know, it hasn't been a bad week to be an Auburn swimmer. Kirsty Coventry just reclaimed her world record in the 200-meter backstroke. She set it earlier this year, then her former Auburn roommate Margaret Hoelzer stole it and now Coventry has won it back -- taking an Olympic gold medal in doing so.

Coventry won gold in 2:05.24, beating Hoelzer's record of 2:06.09. Hoelzer took silver in 2:06.23. This is the first time ever an Auburn duo has finished 1-2 in an Olympic event. Unfortunately the United States' drought in the 200 back continues. The U.S. women haven't won that event since 1972 -- the longest goldless streak in any women's Olympic swimming event.

That's nine medals now for Auburn. Could be more soon. Cesar Cielo is swimming in the 50 free finals shortly.

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