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Tigers at Olympic Trials

Auburn’s Eric Shanteau and Adrienne Binder just missed making the USA Olympic Team as the pair finished third and fourth in their events, respectively, at the 2004 USA Olympic Team Trials * Swimming on Wednesday night.
       
Shanteau, competing in the 400-meter individual medley, clocked a 4:15.08, the fastest time ever put up by a Tiger in the long course version of the event. Phenom Michael Phelps won the race with a world record setting performance of 4:08.41, lowering his own world record by over a half-second. Erik Vendt was second (4:14.09).
       
Binder, who entered the finals of the women’s 400-meter IM as the second seed, finished fourth with a time of 4:45.61. Katie Hoff set a United States record in winning in a time of 4:37.67 and was followed by Kaitlin Sandeno (4:40.39).

Former Tiger Maggie Bowen, who had been seeded eighth in the 400 IM following the prelims, scratched from the event as a strategic move to keep her fresh for Thursday’s 100-meter breaststroke and Friday’s 200 IM, in which she is the top seed.
       
In Wednesday night’s semi-final action, Demerae Christianson sprinted to a 59.01, a personal best, in the 100-meter butterfly, positioning herself as the top seed for Thursday night’s finals.
       
Mark Gangloff and Dave Denniston also moved into Thursday night’s finals action as Gangloff finished second (1:00.98) and Denniston fifth (1:02.02) in the semi-finals of the 100-meter breaststroke. Brendan Hansen is the top seed after posting an American record 1:00.13.
      
BJ Jones, who had qualified for Wednesday’s finals of the 400-meter freestyle, also scratched as a strategic move to keep himself fresh for Thursday’s 200-meter freestyle.

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