Coventry Wins Gold in Canada
MONTREAL, Canada -- Kirsty Coventry capped off her week in Montreal with her fourth medal as the former Tiger and native of Zimbabwe won a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley on Sunday evening, July 31, at the XI FINA World Championships. Coventry ended her week with two gold and two silver medals.
"This was a tremendous week for Auburn swimming," AU Head Coach David 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."
Coventry clocked a 4:39.72 in the finals of the 400 IM to finish 3.65 seconds behind American Katie Hoff.
Coventry was awarded the FINA trophy as the high-point scorer in the women's meet, the first for an Auburn swimmer.
Coventry's week included a gold-medal sweep of the backstrokes and silver medals in both the 200- and 400-meter IMs.
"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," Marsh said.
Jana Kolukanova swam in the first championship final of her career at a major international meet, finishing eighth in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 25.56.
Auburn swimmers accounted for six medals at the championships. Along with Coventry's four medals were Margaret Hoelzer's (USA) silver in the 200-meter backstroke and Mark Gangloff's (USA) silver in the 50-meter breaststroke.
-- Courtesy Auburn University