Coventry Wins Fourth Medal at World Championships

Montreal, Canada--Kirsty Coventry improved her medal count from the 2004 Olympics to the 2005 World Swimming Championships as she picked up a silver medal in the 400-meter individual relay on Sunday night.

She also became the first Auburn swimmer to ever win the award as high point scorer at the world championships.

Coventry, the 2004-2005 SEC Athlete of the Year at Auburn, wrapped up competition in Montreal with two gold medals and two silver medals. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, she won a gold, a silver and a bronze.

Auburn coach David Marsh said, "What can you say about Kirsty? She continues to improve and looks to have great hopes into the future, but for now she has a couple of more world titles."

Coventry swam 4:39.72 in the 400 individual medley on Sunday, which was 3.65 seconds behind Katie Hoff.

Auburn swimmers are taking home six medals at the 2005 FINA World Championships with Margaret Hoelzer earning a silver in the 200-meter backstroke and Mark Gangloff a silver in the men's 50-meter breaststroke.

"This was a tremendous week for Auburn swimming," Marsh said. "Not only the USA swimmers, but also the swimmers that represented their home countries. Each one of them represented their home countries and Auburn with tenacity and class."

Also on Sunday, AU swimmer Jana Kolukanova took eighth place in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.56 in her first world championship finals appearance.

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