If you haven't caught any of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials this past week, tonight is the night to watch. Former Auburn Tiger Tyler McGill will be competing against 14-time gold medal winner Michael Phelps for the chance to go to his first Olympics. McGill entered the trials as the No. 2 seed in the 100m butterfly, and he has not yet relinquished his spot, as he finished second in the semifinal Saturday night with a time of 51.88. Phelps finished first in 51.35, which was the fastest time in the world this year. Phelps has had a strenuous schedule this week, but he probably left a little in the pool to conserve his energy for tonight's final, so McGill is going to have to swim faster to compete in the final. McGill commented on his performance after Saturday night's semifinal.
Auburn signee Jillian Vitarius finished fifth in 200m backstroke semifinals Saturday night to qualify for tonight's final. Vitarius finished in 2:11.96, which is good enough for her personal best and the third-best time in Auburn history. That's pretty impressive for someone who has not even started her Auburn career yet. Missy Franklin, just 17 years old, and Florida Gator Elizabeth Beisel are the favorites in the final.
Former Auburn swimmer Micah Lawrence qualified for her first Olympics in the 100m breast Saturday night after finishing second in the final to Rebecca Soni, who was the 2008 gold medalist in the event. Lawrence trains under former Auburn coach David Marsh, and with former Auburn great Rowdy Gaines calling the action, the Auburn family has truly invaded Omaha. Lawrence makes 13 current and former Auburn swimmers to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
A total of 42 Auburn swimmers have represented the Tigers at the trials this week, most of whom have made a statement by smashing their personal best times. Tonight will mark the end of the meet for these Auburn swimmers, so don't miss out on the last chance to catch the Tigers in action. Coverage begins on NBC at 7 p.m. CDT. You can find the meet schedule and heat sheets at USASwimming.org and you can also follow live updates from @AuburnSwimming on Twitter.