For the most part, it’s been tough to keep up with the marathon of Olympic qualifying going on in both swimming and track and field this week, but Auburn’s former swimmers have been on fire in terms of qualifications. No fewer than 13 current or former Auburn swimmers have punched Olympic berths, although only two are U.S. Olympic Team members.
The Tigers got their second on Saturday when Micah Lawrence finished second in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2:23.03, her personal best, to earn a spot on the team.
“I knew I was going to be really excited for that race,” Lawrence said. “Coach told me to concentrate on my line that first 100, just go out really smoothly, then bring it back that last 100. That’s been our plan the whole time I’ve been with him.
Eric Shanteau, a 2006 graduate, had already punched his ticket to London in the 100 breaststroke earlier this week.
“Exciting night for the program,” Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. “Obviously, Micah’s placement on the Olympic team is huge for her and for us. With Jillian coming in as a freshman, she’s showing signs that she loves to race. She’s going to be a great competitor for us in the future. And Tyler is setting himself up for a battle tomorrow in the 100 fly. He’s been working hard and training for this, and it’s his time.”