BEIJING – Christine Magnuson captured the silver medal in the 100m butterfly on Sunday night at the National Aquatics Center at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Magnuson finished second behind Australia’s Libby Trickett in a time of 57.10. Trickett won the gold in 56.73, while fellow Aussie Jessicah Schipper grabbed the bronze in 57.25.
Magnuson was third at the halfway mark, touching the wall .02 behind Schipper at 26.95, but was able to edge her out for the silver.
Magnuson, using her unique side-breathing technique, became the first former Lady Vol to win an individual swimming medal in the Olympics. Julia Stowers won a relay gold in 2000 before attending Tennessee.
In the semifinals on Saturday night, the Tinley Park, Ill., native broke Natalie Coughlin’s American record by swimming a time of 57.08. Coughlin’s old record was 57.34.
Magnuson opened her first-ever Olympic competition by winning her preliminary heat in the 100m fly in 57.70 on Saturday morning.
Magnuson’s previous career best before the Olympics night was 57.50, which she set in the semifinals of the Olympic Trials in June.
She has a chance to grab another medal later in the week. Magnuson will probably swim the butterfly leg of the 4x100 medley relay. The medley relay heats begin Friday morning and the finals will be Saturday night.
Magnuson captured the 100m fly title at the Olympic Trials by swimming 58.11 in the finals. She was a 26-time All-American at Tennessee and just wrapped up her eligibility this past season.
She won the NCAA Championship in the 100y fly and was named SEC Female Swimmer of the Year this past winter.