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Ohlgren, Stupp, Marik and Kukors Win 400m Free Relay at U.S. Open; Shanteau Captures 200m Breast

Dec. 2, 2006

West Lafayette, Ind. - The Tigers concluded the 2006 U.S. Open with two victories on Saturday evening. Former Auburn All-American Eric Shanteau swam to gold in the 200m breast and Auburn's 400m free relay team took the title to mark the Tigers second relay crown of the meet.

After a runner-up and third place finish in the 400m IM and 200m IM, respectively, Shanteau took it up a notch and claimed the 200m breast gold in a time of 2:13.46. Auburn sophomore Andrew Callahan took the second spot in the B final with a time of 2:27.59.

"I was pretty confident coming in tonight, and I was really looking forward to this race," Shanteau said. "I'm pretty happy with where I am at. I didn't shave at all for this meet, and I don't normally put on a racing suit (for in-season meets), but I wanted to see what kind of in-season times I had. I'm really happy with this meet."

The women's 400m free relay team of Ava Ohlgren (56.78), Julie Stupp (58.99), Melissa Marik (58.08) and Emily Kukors (56.17) concluded the evening on a high by claiming Auburn's second relay crown of the meet in a time of 3:50.02. The Tigers looked in position to finish second but Marik made up ground on the third leg and Kukors capitalized on the AU lead and finished the race with a blistering 56.17 split.

With one U.S Open title already in her collection, Peirsol was in contention to take a second in the 800m free this evening. The race became the Katie Hoff and Peirsol show as the two battled it out until the end. Peirsol held the lead through the 550-meter mark. Hoff took over at 600 meters and built a lead of just 43-hundredths of a second going into the final turn, holding off Peirsol down the homestretch. Hoff stretched in for the victory - 8:33.35 - over Auburn senior - 8:33.67.



Also swimming in individual event championship finals was Kukors (100m free, 4th), Doug Van Wie (100m free, 5th) and Jeremy Knowles (200m fly, 6th). In B finals was Ohlgren (100m free), Margaret Hoelzer (100m free, 200m fly) and Stupp (200m fly). Chelsea Haser finished 34th in the 800m free (9:10.27) and Will Dove was 31st (16:20.82).

The men's 400m free relay ended up third with a time of 3:30.63 (Tyler McGill, Scott Goodrich, Pascal Wollach, Bryan Lundquist). The men's B relay came in 16th (Steve Scheren, Jeff Smith, Dove, Joey Schneider).

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