NCAA Division I Men’s Champs: Auburn Notches U.S. Open, NCAA Record to Open Night in 200 Medley Relay; On Demand Video Available

FEDERAL WAY, Washington, March 28. THE Auburn Tigers defended their title in the 200 medley relay in a big way at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships.

The foursome of Scott Goodrich (21.69), David Maras (23.55), Alexei Puninski (19.81) and Cesar Cielo (18.19) clocked a U.S. Open and NCAA record time of 1:23.24 to claim the title. Last year, Auburn won the title with the then U.S. Open and NCAA record of 1:23.37.

The win is the sixth in the event for Auburn, the most ever in the event – in front of Stanford and Texas' four apiece.

"I'm speechless," Maras said. "I'm officially retired as of today. I just couldn't be more proud. This is a great way to go out. A new NCAA record with three of my closest friends – I'm speechless."

Arizona finished second when the team of Albert Subirats, Marcus Titus, Darian Townsend and Jordan Smith touched in 1:24.08.

California's contingent of David Russell, Damir Dugonjic, Jernej Godec and William Copeland placed third in 1:24.50.

Subirats had the fastest backstroke leg with a 20.73, while Alex Hetland of SMU owned the best breaststroke with a 23.43. Puninski and Cielo also had the best butterfly and freestyle legs of the race.

Notably, Minnesota won a tightly-contested battle in the consolation heat over Tennessee, 1:26.23 to 1:26.50.

Arizona led with 171 points after the event, while California took second with 144 points. Auburn (137), Texas (128) and Stanford (123) rounded out the top five.

Event results

ON DEMAND VIDEO

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