Auburn Finishes Sixth At 2010 NCAA Championships
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Kelly Marx

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Kelly Marx
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March 28, 2010

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Auburn men's swimming and diving team capped off the season with a sixth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State University.

Texas won the meet with 500 points and California took second with 469.5 points. Arizona (387), Stanford (369) and Florida (364) rounding out the top five and the Tigers finished with 277.5 points.

"Our finish in this meet really summarized the whole season for us," head coach Brett Hawke said. "It was a tough year, but we're going to take a break and the regroup. We know that we're a good team and we'll come back stronger next year."

With the sixth-place finish, Auburn has been in the top 10 every year since 1993. A total of 39 All-America honors were earned during the meet and 10 athletes competed in a championship final.

Senior Gideon Louw and sophomore Adam Brown represented the Tigers in the 100 free championship final. The pair marks the eighth-straight year that Auburn has had student-athletes in the 100 free championships.

Louw swam a season-best time of 42.06 to take third in the event, besting his finish from last year's meet by five spots. Brown, swimming in his first-ever NCAA meet, earned fourth in 42.36. His time of 42.33 in the preliminaries was a career-best.

"The guys swam well today and I'm happy for the accomplishments those two had this meet," Hawke said.

Having a solid showing for Auburn was breaststroker Adam Klein, who swam in his second championship final of the meet. In a neck-and-neck race for the top spot in the 200 breast, Klein finished third with a season-best time of 1:53.34, just .15 seconds out of first. His third-place finish marks the third-straight year Klein has scored in the event for Auburn.

"Adam had a great swim today and we couldn't be more proud of him," Hawke said.

Competing in his final diving event of his collegiate career was senior Kelly Marx. The Overland Park, Kan., product reached the platform championship finals with a score of 396.50 points in the preliminaries. Marx bested his prelim finish and took fourth overall in the finals with a career-best score of 449.75.

"What an awesome career Kelly has had at Auburn," head diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "To finish the way he did today by setting a personal-best score and diving with the country's best divers, I couldn't be more proud of him."

Marx has had a solid career at Auburn over his four years. The 2010 SEC Diver of the Year has scored points in 11 of 12 events at the NCAA championships during those four years. Of the 11 events, seven were championship finals.

For the fans, ESPN2 will air the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Recap Show Wednesday, April 7. The 90-minute show will air at 12:30 p.m. CST.

Auburn Swimming and Diving
2010 NCAA Championships - Day Three Finals
Sunday, March 28, 2010
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion; Columbus, Ohio

Team Finishes - 1. Texas - 500; 2. California - 469.5; 3. Arizona - 387; 4. Stanford - 369; 5. Florida - 364; 6. Auburn - 277.5; 7. Michigan - 204; 8. Georgia - 143; 9. Ohio State - 136.5; 10. Virginia - 123.

Auburn Finalists - 100 Free - 3. Louw (42.06); 4. Brown (42.36);200 Breast - 3. Klein (1:53.34); Platform - 4. Marx (449.75).

Day Three Notes & Quotes

-The Auburn men's swimming and diving team has finished in the top 10 every year since 1993.
-Auburn tallied 39 All-America honors during the three-day meet
-The Tigers had two representatives in the 100 free championship final, marking the eighth-straight year that Auburn has had someone finish in the top eight
-Senior Gideon Louw bested his finish in the 100 free from last year by five spots as he finished third in the event this year in a season-best 42.06
-Adam Brown set a career-best during the 100 free prelims with a time of 42.33. He finished fourth in the event in 42.36
-Junior Adam Klein swam in his second championship final of the meet, finishing third in the 200 breast
-With his fourth-place finish on the platform, Kelly Marx has scored in 11 events out of 12 during his NCAA career. Of those 11, seven were championship finals.

Head Coach Brett Hawke
On the meet overall
"Our finish in this meet really summarized the whole season for us. It was a tough year, but we're going to take a break and the regroup. We know that we're a good team and we'll come back stronger next year."

On Gideon Louw and Adam Brown's performance in the 100 free
"The guys swam well today and I'm happy for the accomplishments those two had this meet."

On Adam Klein's performance in the 200 breast
"Adam Klein had a great swim today and we couldn't be more proud of him."

Head Diving Coach Jeff Shaffer
On the day overall
"What an awesome career Kelly has had at Auburn. To finish the way he did today by setting a personal-best score and diving with the country's best divers. I couldn't be more proud of him. Looking back over the four years, I couldn't be more proud of him and all of his accomplishments."

Auburn All-Americans - Day Three
Adam Brown - 100 free
Adam Klein - 200 breast
Gideon Louw - 100 free
Kelly Marx - Platform