AUBURN, Ala., Nov. 4. AUBURN University's Tigers showed they won't be pussycats at the 2002 NCAAs, posting some fast early-season times at the War Eagle Invitational.
Kevin Clements started the meet out with two victories on Friday night in the 500 free and the 400 IM. He posted a time of 4:29.90 in the 500 freestyle and
3:50.52 in the 400 IM, the fastest time in the nation thus far this year. Teammate James Galloway swam a strong 4:30.06 in finishing second in the 500.
The meet also saw strong swims from Pat Calhoun and Mark Gangloff in the 100 breaststroke. Calhoun's time of 56.50 earned him first while secondc place finisher Gangloff went 56.99.
Auburn's backstrokers also had good swims as they took the top four places of the meet in the 100 backstroke. Kirk Hampleman (50.17) won the event, while Jon Karr placed second (51.57). Bryce Hunt and Scott Talbot
rounded out the field with a third (52.19) and fourth (52.91) place finish respectively.
The meet's most spectacular swim was turned in by France's Franck Esposito, who cloked 1:43.22 in winning the 200 fly. The time ties him with Ugur Taner as the sixth fastest performer ever in the event.
Esposito will be training with the Tigers for a month. He is ranked third in the world in the 200-meter butterfly.