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Meb's NCAA Championships, Day One: Auburn Sets NCAA Mark in Winning 200m Free Relay -- March 25, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

EAST MEADOW, New York, March 25. WHEN Auburn’s women’s team won its third straight NCAA crown last week in College Station, Texas, the men vowed they, too, would bring another title home to Toomer’s Corner.

That quest for a second straight men’s crown was jump started tonight in the first event when Auburn ran away from a very strong field to win the 200 meter free. The Tigers’ time of 1:23.75 is almost two seconds under the world best of 1:25.55 by The Netherlands, but since the Auburn team was composed of swimmers from more than one nation, it will not be recognized by FINA.

It does stand, however, as a new NCAA and US open record.

Arizona and Stnford tied for second at 1:25.69, with Stanford getting credit for an American record.

Auburn’s George Bovell had the fastest leadoff time, 21.40, while the Tiger anchor, Fred Bousquet, had the fastest relay split at 20.55.

FINALS RESULTS
EVENT: 1 MEN's 200 Meter Freestyle Relay

NCAA Record: 1:24.83 Auburn 2000
World Record: 1:25.55 NETHERLANDS 2003
American Record: 1:25.87 Team Stars & Stripes 2001
US Open Record: 1:24.83 Auburn 2000
QUALIFYING FOR "A" Cut: 1:18.47
QUALIFYING FOR Meet Qualifying: 1:18.99

RESULTS of FINALS

RANK TEAM PRELIM TIME

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

1) AUBURN 1:25.46 1:23.75**
1) BOVELL, GEORGE SO :21.40 3) GIBB, DEREK SR :20.76
2) WOCHOMURKA, RYAN JR :21.04 4) BOUSQUET, FRED JR :20.55
** NCAA Record: US Open Record:
2) ARIZONA 1:25.95 1:25.69
1) FERNS, LYNDON SO :21.72 3) BURNETT, SIMON SO :21.31
2) LaFLEUR, ERIC SR :21.06 4) JEFFERS, BYRON JR :21.60

2) STANFORD 1:25.94 1:25.69++
1) WILDMAN-TOBRINER,BE FR :22.03 3) SCHNELL, ANDREW SR :21.49
2) MARSHALL, PETER SR :21.11 4) O'BRYAN, BOBBY SR :21.06
++ AMERICAN Record:

4) TEXAS 1:26.94 1:26.74
1) O'HALLORAN, TYLER FR :22.32 3) DITORO, DANIEL JR :21.80
2) CROCKER, IAN SR :21.14 4) WEBER-GALE, GARRETT FR :21.48

5) MINNESOTA 1:27.99 1:27.22
1) DELAC, MARIO FR :22.11 3) VOLCANSEK, ALES FR :21.56
2) SILKAITIS, TERRY JR :21.78 4) CERENSEK, IGOR FR :21.77

6) TEXAS A&M 1:27.65 1:27.63
1) COLLINS, ROSS JR :22.58 3) ROSE, MATT SR :21.22
2) BLANCHARD, DAN JR :21.99 4) ANDREW, SULLIVANT SO :21.84

7) FLORIDA 1:27.43 1:27.74
1) JAYME, CARLOS SR :21.94 3) LOCHTE, RYAN SO :21.78
2) MANGABEIRA, GABRIEL JR :21.84 4) SIOUI, ADAM JR :22.18

CAL. BERKELEY 1:26.40 DISQUAL
1) CAVIC, MILORAD SO :21.51 3) GUERALDI, RENATO SR :21.21
2) DUJE, DRAGANJA JR :20.89 4) JONAS, TILLY FR DISQUAL


CONSOLATION FINAL

9) WISCONSIN 1:28.65 1:28.69
1) MARSHALL, MATT SR :22.50 3) WIESNER, ERIC JR :22.00
2) MANIA, ADAM JR :22.06 4) ROGERS, DALE SR :22.13

10) KENTUCKY 1:28.08 1:28.96
1) FARNHAM, DANIEL SO :22.47 3) PATRICK, TIM JR :21.87
2) BARROS, FERNANDO SR :22.43 4) GASPAROVICH, CLAY JR :22.19

11) SOUTHERN METHODIST 1:28.67 1:29.37
1) BECERRA, CAMILO JR :22.47 3) NYLIN, PER SO :21.90
2) HADLEY, ERIC JR :22.54 4) STEPHENSON, JUSTIN SO :22.46

12) TENNESSEE 1:28.65 1:29.54
1) ROSAL, RAYMOND SR :22.45 3) GUSTAFSON, TYLER SO :22.39
2) BREE, ANDREW SR :22.58 4) FULTON, JOSH JR :22.12

13) NAVY 1:28.71 1:29.63
1) WHITE, NOAH SR :22.58 3) SMUTZ, JOSEPH SO :22.31
2) LINN, MICHAEL SO :22.30 4) FENNINGHAM,TERRENCE SR :22.44

14) NORTHWESTERN 1:29.04 1:29.74
1) GREVERS, MATT FR :22.16 3) WEVER, MATT JR :23.05
2) SWANSON, TONY SR :22.35 4) DEXTER, BEN SO :22.18

15) INDIANA 1:29.57 1:32.85
1) ANDERSSON, CLAES SR :22.75 3) HALASZ, MURPH JR :23.53
2) SWANDER, KEVIN SO :22.97 4) LEACH, MATT SR :23.60

GEORGIA 1:29.27 DISQUAL
1) LABAN, JOSH JR :22.44 3) VERHOEF, PETER SO :21.66
2) GARDNER, SCOTT JR :22.51 4) HOLLINGER, CAMERON FR DISQUAL