March 10, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -
For the second straight year and the fifth time in the last six seasons, the Auburn women's swimming and diving team is National Champions. It wasn't as dramatic as last year's three-point victory over
It was a total team effort, as all 19
"We were utterly amazing this morning," said David Marsh, who together with
"The girls surprised even me, and I don't get surprised very often," said Tierney-Walker. "What a total team effort each session. The way we came out and just got better and better every session says something. This team has been through some challenges this year, and I think it's made them stronger as individuals and stronger as a unit. It certainly showed this weekend, and it's by far the best this team has every swum. I couldn't be more proud."
The Tigers scored 535 points to
"It unbelievable," said senior co-captain Adrienne Binder. "I never knew that I could be this emotional about it. I am so proud of this team and I couldn't be happier right now. It's been the most amazing experience and we've been through so much this year. It couldn't have gone any better. It's perfect."
The finals session started with a bang for
"I wanted to go out with a bang," said Peirsol. "During the whole race, I was just thinking `Suck it up for a little over 15 minutes.' We have put in the work this year. We have worked hard and NCAAs is just the fun part. This is where all of the work pays off."
Chelsea Haser finished in ninth place with a time of 16:12.85, and Maggie Bird was 15th in 16:18.03 as the Tigers rolled up 48 points in the event to erase the 32-point deficit to Arizona and take over first place in the team standings after just one final.
In the next event, the 200 back,
The Tigers had two of the top five finishers in the 100 free, as Kara Denby placed fourth in 48.07 seconds, just .03 shy of her school record from the prelims, and Emily Kukors was fifth in 48.40 seconds. It was the sixth of Kukors' seven All-American honors during the meet, giving her 19 for her career, while Denby had her fifth of six All-American honors while finishing the meet with 17 for her career.
In the platform diving competition, Lynnsey Segraves just missed a spot in the championship final with a ninth-place finish in the prelims and a score of 272.60. But she bounced back in a big way, setting a school record with a score of 300.05 to win the consolation final. She was consistent in her second list, scoring between 58.80 and 60.90 on all five dives, including a score of 60.20 on her last dive that allowed her to win the consolation final by 5.3 points.
"What a great way for her to end her career, with a consolation win and a new school record breaking 300 points," said head diving coach Jeff Shaffer. "I'm real proud of her effort today and real proud of the performances by both Lynnsey and Corey (Gerlach) at this years NCAAs. I'm glad we could contribute to the team effort."
The Tigers capped off the meet with a fourth-place finish in the 400 free relay, as the team of Denby, Ohlgren, Marik and Kukors finished with a time of 3:15.35. It was not as quick as their mark from the prelims, but with victory assured, it hardly seemed to matter.
It marked the 11th national championship of Marsh's career (six men, five women), as he coached his final women's meet at
"Sending out David in his final women's meet with a victory was very, very important to this group," said Tierney-Walker. "It was very well-deserved for David and I wouldn't want to send him out any other way."
2007 NCAA Championships
Day Three Event Winners And
1. Hayley Peirsol, 15:45.92
2. Adrienne Binder, 15:53.44
9. Chelsea Haser, 16:12.85
15. Maggie Bird, 16:18.03
1. Gemma Spoforth (
8. Melissa Marik, 1:56.69
10. Rachel Goh, 1:55.76
11. Julianne McLane, 1:56.28
12. Margo McCawley, 1:56.53
16. Emile Ewing, 1:57.83
1. Kara Lynn Joyce (UGA), 47.24
4. Kara Denby, 48.07
5. Emily Kukors, 48.40
1. Rebecca Soni (USC), 2:08.23
10. Julie Stupp, 2:12.63
11. Alicia Jensen, 2:12.65
1. Elaine Breeden (STAN), 1:53.02
5. Kristen Hastrup, 1:55.90
7. Ava Ohlgren, 1:56.34
10. Tawnie Bethune, 1:57.80
1. Jessica Livingston (
9. Lynnsey Segraves, 272.60/300.05
400 free relay
100 fly - Kristen Hastrup, 1:55.32 (Old record: 1:55.53 - Demerae Christianson, 2004)
800 free relay - Ohlgren, Ewing, Kukors, Binder, 7:01.05 (Old record: Hoelzer, Kemp,
Platform diving - Lynnsey Segraves, 300.05
Anne Amardeilh - 400 IM (HM)
Tawnie Bethune - 400 MR, 200 fly (HM)
Adrienne Binder - 500 free, 400 IM, 800 FR, 1650 free
Maggie Bird - 500 free, 1650 free (HM)
Kara Denby - 200 FR, 400 MR, 50 free, 200 MR, 100 free, 400 FR
Emile Ewing - 200 FR, 800 FR, 200 back (HM), 400 FR
Corey Gerlach - 1-meter (HM), 3-meter (HM)
Rachel Goh - 400 MR, 200 MR, 100 back, 200 back (HM)
Kristen Hastrup - 200 fly
Alicia Jensen - 200 breast (HM)
Emily Kukors - 200 FR, 200 IM, 200 MR, 200 free, 800 FR, 100 free, 400 FR
Melissa Marik - 200 FR, 100 back, 200 back, 400 FR
Margo McCawley - 200 MR, 100 back (HM), 200 back (HM)
Julianne McLane - 200 back (HM)
Ava Ohlgren - 200 IM, 400 MR, 400 IM, 800 FR, 200 fly, 400 FR
Hayley Peirsol - 500 free, 1650 free
Lynnsey Segraves - 3-meter, platform (HM)
Julie Stupp - 400 MR, 400 IM, 200 breast (HM)