By Kevin Noth, SwimInfo Special Correspondent
Photos by Tim Morse
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., March 25. GARY Marshall did his part to draw Stanford ever closer to Auburn in the team standings after claiming the 100 breaststroke title in a winning time of 52.68. The 20 team points Marshall garnered for the Cardinal pulled Stanford to within ten points of Auburn in the standings, 253-243.
Entering as the No. 1 seed in the event, Marshall closed with a 13.91 final 25 split to outdistance Mihaly Flaskay of Southern California by .24. Flaskay took second, recording a time of 52.92.
Mike Alexandrov of Northwestern was only .03 behind, placing third in a time of 53.95. Vladislav Polyakov (Alabama) took fourth and Henrique Barbosa (Cal-Berkeley) was fifth. Vanja Rogulj (Virginia) and Dave Rollins (Arizona) rounded out the field in sixth and seventh, respectively. Scott Usher, an Olympian in the 200 breast, was disqualified.
With no Tigers qualifying for either the championship or consolation heats, Auburn did not score in the event, snapping a steak of scoring team points in 67 straight NCAA Championship events, dating to 2002. The last time the Tigers failed to score a point in an NCAA Championship event was the 400 medley relay three years ago.