AU Swimmers Earn More Olympic Medals

Beijing, China--Former Auburn swimming teammates Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe and Margaret Hoelzer of the U.S. will square off on Monday night in the finals of the 100-meter backstroke at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Coventry set a world record in the semi-finals, swimming a time of 58.97. Hoelzer, who broke Coventry's world record in the 200 backstroke earlier this year, qualified third in 59.84 in the 100 backstroke on Sunday night.

The finals of the 100 backstroke is scheduled to start at 9:23 p.m. CDT on Monday.

Also on Sunday night, former Tiger Fred Bousquet earned a silver medal swimming the third leg in the 4x100 relay as his French team finished second to the United States relay squad, which swam a 3:08.24 to take the gold.

Matt Targett, a current member of the Auburn men's swimming team, swam the final leg of the bronze medal-winning Australian team in the 4x100.

Auburn swimmers have now won three Olympic medals so far in Beijing.

Margaret Hoelzer is from Huntsville.

Coventry is going after her fifth Olympic medal. She has one gold, two silvers and a bronze. She won a silver in the 400 individual medley on Saturday and the other three medals were earned at the 2005 Games in Athens, Greece.

Also on Sunday night in Beijing, former Tiger Mark Gangloff finished eighth in the finals of the 100-meter breaststroke. He was fourth in the event four years ago in Athens.

Mark Gangloff

Gangloff, a 2004 gold medal winner in the 400 medley relay, swam a time of 1:00.24 in the event that was won by Japan's Kosuke Kitajima in a world record time of 58.91.

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