Auburn's Olympic Swimming Medals
Auburn University athletics, image courtesy Auburn University.
Hoelzer swam the leadoff backstroke leg on the U.S. relay in the
preliminary. She clocked a split time of 59.29, the fastest backstroke
split in the preliminary, to lead the Americans to the third seed in the
final. She was replaced by 100m backstroke gold medalist Natalie
Coughlin in the final.
In the men's 400m medley relay final, the United States took the gold
with a world record time of 3:29.34, followed by Australia in second
with a time of 3:30.04.
Gangloff swam the breaststroke leg on the U.S. relay in the
preliminary. He swam a 1:00.35 split to help the Americans to the top
overall seed in the final. He was replaced by former 100m breaststroke
world record holder Brendan Hansen in the final.
Targett, who will be a senior at Auburn in the fall, swam the freestyle
leg on the on the Australian relay in the preliminary. He swam a 47.41
split to give the Aussies the second seed in the final. He was replaced
by 100m freestyle world record holder Eamon Sullivan in the final.
The silver medal was Hoelzer's first and the her second career medal
after taking bronze earlier in the week at the 100m backstroke. For
Gangloff, the gold is the second of his career after he also swam on the
gold medal-winning 400m medley relay at the 2004 Olympics.
The silver was the first for Targett and his second medal of the 2008
Games after he swam the anchor on the bronze medal-winning 400m
freestyle relay team last weekend.
Saturday night's finals session marked the end of the swimming
competition at the 2008 Olympics. The track and field portion of the
Games began Friday with 12 current and former Auburn athletes competing.