Hoelzer Qualifies First For World Championships

Indianapolis, Ind.--Auburn senior Margaret Hoelzer was the third AU swimmer to qualify for the United States' World Championship Team as the Huntsville native won the 200-meter backstroke Monday night.

Hoelzer, who was on last summer's U.S. Olympic Team, swam a time of 2:10.42 to defeat her nearest competitor by almost four-and-a-half seconds as Katie Hoff checked in with a second-place finish of 2:14.83.

Hoelzer helped Auburn's women's team win three NCAA titles and one runnerup finish in 2005.

Also swimming the championship finals was AU's Jeri Moss, who finished third in a time of 2:14.86. Moss has already made the U.S. team, finishing second in the 100-meter backstroke over the weekend. Erin Volcan won the B-Final (2:14.48).

Auburn's Eric Shanteau was a near-miss for the team for the second time, finishing third in the 200-meter individual medley. His near miss came in the 200 individual medley where he was third with a 2:00.29 behind Michael Phelps (1:57.44) and Florida's Ryan Lochte (1:58.40). Auburn's Doug Van Wie was fifth at 2:03.54.

Also swimming in championship finals on Monday night was former Tiger Demerae Christianson, who was eighth in the 200-meter butterfly at 2:14.42. Kristen Hastrup was third in the B-Final of the same event with a 2:15.49.

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