NO. 3 AUBURN SWIMMING & DIVING DOWNS SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE -- December 15, 2001
AUBURN, Ala. Both the Auburn men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated the Southwest Missouri State Bears here Saturday afternoon living up to the Tigers' No. 3 national ranking.
The men's team defeated SMS 174-113 while the women took the meet by a score of 164.50-114-50.
"This was a good meet to wrap up our Fall season and take us into the next phase of the year," head coach David Marsh said. "Exams take a mental toll and the fact that they came back and trained well yesterday and raced well today shows that we are headed in the right direction."
The Auburn men's team got off to a quick start taking the top two spots in the 400-yard medley relay with the team of Kirk Hampleman, Pat Calhoun, Christian Cantwell and Ryan Wochomurka swimming to a time of 3:18.56.
In the 200 free, the AU men swept the top three spots with B.J. Jones in first (1:41.38), Brandon Roberts in second (1:43.65) and Nick Goucher in third (1:44.01). The Tigers also swept the 100 breast with Calhoun taking first (55.34), Will Brandt taking second (56.51) and Justin Caron in third (56.80).
Again in the 50 free, the men swept the event with Wochomurka (20.83) in first, Andy Haidinyak (21.08) in second and Mark Gangloff in third (21.47). The Auburn divers got in on the action as well sweeping the 1-meter event with Andrew Sivulka taking first (300.83), Matt Bricker finishing second (295.35) and Caesar Garcia placing third (289.20).
Auburn continued to control as the Tigers finished with top times in the 100 free (Caron 47.04), 200 back (Hampleman 1:47.80), 200 breast (Brad Knueven 2:08.86), 500 free (B.J. Jones 4:33.04), 100 fly (Cantwell 49.72) and the 200 IM (Will Brandt 1:55.96).
In the 3-meter event, the Tigers again scored one, two, three with Garcia finishing with a score of 338.70, Bricker in second at 336.08 and Andrew Sivulka in third at 321.75.
"Kirk Hampleman, B.J. Jones and Christian Cantwell led the team and definitely had some of our best swims today," Marsh said.
The Tiger women controlled the meet from start to finish with a first place time in each event on the day. The Auburn women started it off with the 400 medley relay team of Maggie Bowen, Margaret Hoelzer, Laura Swander and Erin Gayle earning the top spot in a time of 4:03.16.
Individually, the Tigers continued what the relay team started taking the top two finishes in the 100 back with Becky Short (1:01.00) and Brittany King (1:02.68) in first and second respectively, Swander (1:03.27) and Abby Hochella (1:07.59) in the 100 breast and Demerae Christianson (2:07.83) and Alessandra Lawless (2:10.78) at first and second in the 200 fly.
The Tigers continued the trend with a first and second place finish in the 50 free with Short in first (23.33) and King at second in 24.54, Kirsty Coventry and Christianson in the 100 free in first and second respectively, Bowen and Heather Kemp in the 200 back, Kelly Jones and Cassidy Maxwell in the 200 breast, Bowen, Swander and Short taking one, two and three in the 100 fly and Coventry and Jones finishing with the No. 1 and No. 2 times in the 200 IM.
On the 1-meter, sophomore Ashley Rubenstein captured the top spot in her first meet back from knee surgery with a score of 269.70 while freshman Rachel Korth took third at 237.98.
The women also captured the top time in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:33.53 with the team of Kemp, Christianson, Maxwell and Jones. Finishing with a second place score on the 3-meter was Korth with a score of 224.55.
"Cassidy Maxwell had an excellent 1000 free and Heather Kemp's 200 free was outstanding," Marsh said. "The divers did really well today too, especially Ashley Rubenstein, who is just coming off knee surgery and still won the 1-meter."
"I was very pleased with the way we dove today," head diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "Caesar did really well on the 3-meter and it was good to see Andrew dive to his potential on the 1-meter today. That was a real confidence booster for him. Ashley performed very well on the 1-meter and came in third on the 3-meter despite just doing required dives."
The Tigers will be back in action Jan. 3 with Western Illinois which will take place during Auburn's Christmas Training trip in Nassau, Bahamas.
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