McGill Makes It 14 AU Swimmers To Olympics

Tyler McGill finished 2nd to Michael Phelps in the 100 butterfly Sunday night to earn a spot in the Olympics in London.

Omaha, Neb.—Former Auburn swimmer Tyler McGill came within an eyelash of taking down Michael Phelps in the 100M butterfly Sunday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials, but it was good enough to earn him a spot on the Olympic team headed to London later this summer.

Swimming the second-best time in the world this year, 51.32, McGill was just behind Phelps (51.14) and becomes the third Auburn swimmer to make the Olympics from the United States and 14th former Auburn swimmer headed to London for the 2012 Olympics.

McGill joined former Auburn swimmers Eric Shanteau and Micah Lawrence on the U.S. team. Shanteau is swimming in the men's 100 breaststroke and Lawrence is in the women's 200 breaststroke after both qualified earlier this week in Omaha.

In track and field, Auburn junior sprinter Marcus Rowland finished eighth in the finals of the 200 meters at the 2012 USATF Olympic Trials at Hayward Field. Rowland's mark of 20.50 seconds was just .02 off his career high of 20.48 run in 2009. The mark is a new season-best for the Spartanburg, S.C. native.

"I'm really proud of the way Marcus competed this week," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. "It is no small feat to run the 100 and 200 meters and Marcus was able to reach the semifinals and finals. That really says a lot about him as a competitor. These two weeks have been a great learning experience for him and I look forward to seeing what he is able to do in 2013 as a senior."

Auburn's Full List of Swimmers in the London Olympics

George Bovell (Trinidad & Tobago) 50 free, 100 free
Adam Brown (Great Britain) 4x100 free relay
Marcelo Chierighini (Brazil) 4x100 free relay
Cesar Cielo (Brazil) 50 free, 100 free, 4x100 free relay
Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe) 100 back, 200 back, 200 IM, 400 IM
James Disney-May (Great Britain) 4x100 free relay
Megan Fonteno (American Samoa) 100 free
Stephanie Horner (Canada) 400 IM
Micah Lawrence (United States) 200 breast
Gideon Louw (South Africa) 50 free, 100 free, 4x100 free relay
Tyler McGill (United States) 100 fly
Eric Shanteau (United States) 100 breast
Matt Targett (Australia) 4x100 free relay
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (Bahamas) 50 free, 100 free

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