Auburn Concludes Day Two of NCAA Men's Championships

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March 29, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS - Auburn got scoring performances from three individuals and a relay on the second night of finals at the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships.

Senior Kyle Owens led the way for the Tiger individuals with a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, earning first-team All-America honors for the third straight year in the event with a time of 46.26 seconds.

The 200 medley relay team of Owens, Stuart Ferguson, Marcelo Chierighini and James Disney-May grabbed a fourth-place finish in the championship final with a time of 1:24.45, almost identical to their time from the morning's preliminary. Owens led off with an outstanding 20.99 split on the backstroke leg.

Junior Zane Grothe secured his second All-America certificate of the week with a fourth-place finish (12th overall) in the 200 freestyle consolation final, clocking a 1:34.58. After trailing the field for much of the first 175 yards, Grothe turned on the jets over the final 50, posting the second-fastest split in the field at 23.58, and finishing just .14 out of third place.

Auburn also got a scoring performance from junior diver John Santeiu, who scored a career-best 400.50 in the 3-meter diving consolation final to finish 10th overall and earn his second career All-America honor.

"John did a great job yesterday on 1-meter being consistent, finally scoring at the NCAA Championships," Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "It's a lot different than a year ago where it was kind of like a deer in headlights. Today he stepped it up one more notch. He was really solid all the way through prelims, then had a personal-best in finals, scoring over 60-65 points on every dive. Really proud of his efforts today, and it was really rewarding to see him put together a list and a personal best at the NCAAs."

The 800 freestyle relay team of Grothe, Alex Hancock, Arthur Mendes and Tommy McKee finished the night with a 19th-place finish in a time of 6:26.24.

The Tigers are in eighth place with 167.5 points after two days of competition, just 1.5 back of seventh-place Stanford. Michigan continues to lead the championships with 336 points, but California is still in contention in second place with 301.5. Among SEC teams, Florida is in fifth place, Auburn eighth, Georgia 10th, Missouri 12th, Tennessee 19th, Kentucky 23rd, and Texas A&M 24th.

"I feel like Saturday will be our strongest day," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. "The boys are excited about coming in and racing tough in the morning. We knew the second day wasn't going to be our strongest, but we've got some great events tomorrow, the 200 back, 100 free, the mile and platform diving, plus another relay. They're all good events for us, so we're really excited about tomorrow. We just had to get through today."

The final day of the 2012-13 NCAA swimming & diving season gets underway at 11 a.m. ET (10 a.m. CT) Saturday with preliminaries in the 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 freestyle and 200 butterfly. Platform diving prelims will take place in the afternoon, and timed finals of the 1650 freestyle will begin later in the day. Links to live video and live results are available at AuburnTigers.com, and fans can follow @AuburnSwimming on Twitter for updates from the pool.

Auburn Swimming & Diving
2013 NCAA Men's Championships - Day 2 Finals
March 29, 2013
IUPUI Natatorium - Indianapolis, Ind.

Team Scores (Top 10): Michigan 336, California 301.5, Arizona 234.5, Southern Cal 212, Florida 196.5, Texas 192, Stanford 169, Auburn 167.5, Indiana 151, Georgia 106.

200 Medley Relay
4. Owens, Ferguson, Chierighini, Disney-May (1:24.45)

200 Freestyle
12. Zane Grothe (1:34.58)

100 Backstroke
6. Kyle Owens (46.26)

3-Meter Diving
10. John Santeiu (400.50) (PR)

800 Freestyle Relay
22. Grothe, Hancock, Mendes, McKee (6:26.24)

Auburn All-Americans (21)
Marcelo Chierighini (4) - 50 free, 200 FR, 200 MR, 400 MR
James Disney-May (3) - 50 free, 200 FR, 200 MR
Stuart Ferguson (2) - 200 MR, 400 MR
Zane Grothe (2) - 200 free HM, 500 free
Alex Hancock (1) - 200 FR
TJ Leon (2) - 200 FR, 200 MR
Arthur Mendes (1) - 400 MR
Kyle Owens (4) - 100 back, 200 FR, 200 MR, 400 MR
John Santeiu (2) - 1M diving HM, 3M diving HM