March 17, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -
The Auburn men's swimming and diving team positioned itself for its fifth consecutive NCAA championship and seventh overall with another exception performance during the final prelim session Saturday afternoon. Eleven of the 15 swimmers who competed advanced to Saturday night's finals, including five individuals and the 400 free relay into the championship finals. No other team had more than nine swimmers advance to the finals. In addition, Auburn put all thee of its divers into the championship
Auburn's sprinters once again showed their depth and dominance, taking five of the top 13 spots in the prelims of the 100 free. Cesar Cielo cruised home with the second-fastest time of 42.07, while Matt Targett was third with a personal-best time of 42.44 to join him in the championship final. Cielo was just .02 seconds behind Stanford's Ben Wildman-Tobriner, who clocked a time of 42.05.
Scott Goodrich will swim in the 100 free consolation final after posting a personal-best mark of 42.95 seconds to rank 11th overall, while Bryan Lundquist and Jakob Andkjaer tied for the 12th-best time at 42.97 to also reach the B final. Alexei Puninski just missed joining them in the consolation final, placing 17th with a mark of 43.26 seconds.
Auburn advanced all three of its divers into tonight's championship final in the platform competition, as defending champion Steven Segerlin had the top score in the prelims of 427.50, while Kelly Marx was fifth with a score of 371.90 and Dan Mazzaferro was sixth with a score of 365.00.
John Scott provided another highlight, as the senior who was ranked 18th on the psyche sheet in the 200 fly raced to the second-fastest time with a personal-best mark of 1:43.72. Scott, who shattered his previous best of 1:45.48, now ranks third in Auburn history and will be joined in the finals by Logan Madson, who also swam a lifetime best with a time of 1:44.15 to finish tied for sixth in the prelims. Tyler McGill will swim in the consolation finals after placing 11th with a time of 1:44.87.
James Wike set a new personal best while qualifying for the championship finals of the 200 back. Wike's mark of 1:41.93 ranks fourth in Auburn history and gave him the third-best time in the prelims. He had entered the meet ranked 24th on the psyche sheet.
Also competing in the 200 back were Pascal Wollach, who placed 26th in 1:44.76, and Joey Schneider, who finished 30th in 1:45.83.
In the 400 free relay, Auburn went with a lineup of Alexei Puninski, James Wike, Bryan Lundquist and Scott Goodrich to finish second with a time of 2:52.19.
Auburn placed two simmers in the consolation finals of the 200 breast. Jon Roberts ranked 14th in the prelims with a personal-best time of 1:57.24, which ranks him sixth in Auburn history, while Sean Osborne was just .01 behind to rank 15th in the prelims and seventh in Tiger history. David Maras finished in 21st place with a time of 1:58.71.
Finals in the same events plus the timed final of the 1650 free and the platform diving finals will take place this evening beginning at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can watch live on www.espn360.com and live results can be found on the Minnesota athletics website at www.gophersports.com.
2007 NCAA Championships
Auburn Day Three Prelim Finishes
3. James Wike, 1:41.93
26. Pascal Wollach, 1:44.76
30. Joey Schneider, 1:45.83
2. Cesar Cielo, 42.07
3. Matt Targett, 42.44
11. Scott Goodrich, 42.95
T12. Bryan Lundquist, 42.97
T12. Jakob Andkjaer, 42.97
17. Alexei Puninski, 43.26
14. Jon Roberts, 1:57.24
15. Sean Osborne, 1:57.25
21. David Maras, 1:58.71
2. John Scott, 1:43.72
T6. Logan Madson, 1:44.15
11. Tyler McGill, 1:44.87
400 free relay
2. Auburn (Puninski, Lundquist, Wike, Goodrich), 2:52.19
1. Steven Segerlin, 427.50
5. Kelly Marx, 371.90
6. Dan Mazzaferro, 365.00