AU Swimmers Break Two More Records

Mark Gangloff

Indianapolis--For the second time in two days, former Auburn star swimmer Mark Gangloff set an American record at the U.S. national championships.

After breaking the record in the 100-meter breaststroke on Tuesday, he rewrote the record books for the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 27.34 seconds. The old mark of 27.39 was set by Ed Moses in 2001.

Gangloff will swim in both events this summer at the world championships in Rome where he will be joined by Auburn rising senior Pascal Wollach, who broke a 17-year-old Canadian record on Wednesday in the 100-meter backstroke.

Swimming in Montreal, Wollach posted a time of 53.63 breaking a mark set by Mark Tewksbury at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

At Indianapolis, another former Tiger, Huntsville's Margaret Hoelzer, finished third in the women's 100 meters freestyle. Only the top two swimmers in an event advance to the world championships.

Rising senior Melissa Marik placed seventh in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:01.35. She swam a career best time of 1:01.12 in prelims. Former Tiger Emile Ewing place 15th with a new personal best time of 1:02.13.

Rising junior Robert Looney placed sixth in Wednesday's 200 butterfly finals in a personal best time of 1:58.47. Senior Will Dove was 23rd with a time of 2:05.96.

Rising senior Melissa Marik placed seventh in the A final, coming in at 1:01.35. The Naperville, Ill., native set her new career best time of 1:01.12 in prelims, advancing as the 5th seed to finals. Former Tiger Emile Ewing place 15th with a new personal best time of 1:02.13 after tying her previous career best in prelims, a 1:02.30.

In the men's 100 backstroke, rising sophomore Max Murphy was 11th in 55.16. Rising junior Jared White was 14th with a 55.80 after posting a new personal best (55.10) in the prelims. Rising senior Jordan Anderson placed 18th with a 56.00.

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