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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Three more medals for Auburn

Auburn won another three medals tonight in Olympic swimming, with Mark Gangloff winning gold as part of the U.S. men's 400-meter medley relay and Australia's Matt Targett taking silver for swimming for the same event. Neither of them actually swam in the final. They swam in the preliminaries, but were replaced by other swimmers in the final. Michael Phelps was one of the four U.S. swimmers who replaced the foursome from the prelims, winning his unprecedented eighth gold medal of these Olympics.

Same thing with Margaret Hoelzer, who was part of the U.S. women's 400m medley relay. She swam in the prelims and helped the U.S. qualify for the finals, but was replaced by Natalie Coughlin in the finals.

This was the third medal of these Olympics for Hoelzer -- two silvers and a bronze. It's the second for Targett -- a silver and a bronze.

Auburn finished the swimming portion of the Olympics with 13 medals. Auburn's previous high was six. Auburn had three more swimming medals than any other college. Cal-Berkeley was second with 10. From the SEC, Georgia won three and Tennessee two.

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