TIGER MEN LEAD NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS, SET RECORDS Mar. 25, 1999

TIGER MEN LEAD NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS, SET RECORDS
Mar. 25, 1999

Day One Release and Results
Day Two Release and Results
Day Three Release and Results
All the Final Results

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.--- The Auburn men started the 1999 Men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on the right foot as the Tigers opened the meet by setting the NCAA meet, NCAA, U.S. Open, pool and school record in the 200 free relay. Aaron Ciarla, Brett Hawke, Brock Newman and Matt Busbee swam 1:16.50 in the prelims of the event to give AU a top seed in the finals. Auburn is currently in the lead with 173 points followed by Texas with 132 points and Stanford with 114.5 points.

"Our leaders took charge and led and that was the key today. Aaron, Lionel, Brett, Brock and all of those guys have been our leaders all year and they stepped up and showed their leadership," said head coach David Marsh. "This session had the least amount of points available to score but it had the most to gain in momentum. Our 400 medley relay was key tonight because that momentum was huge and we will hopefully carry that over into tomorrow."

In addition to setting the record, the Tigers won four of the five swimming events during day one. Ciarla, Hawke, Newman and Busbee swam 1:16.63 in the finals for the title, while Lionel Moreau won the 200 IM with a time of 1:45.24 and Aaron Ciarla won the 50 free with a time of 19.34.

"Our goal in the 200 free relay wasn't necessarily to set a record. Time wasn't the issue, we just wanted to get our hand on the wall first and get our 40 points," said Ciarla. "We are just focusing on one session at a time. We just want to come out gunning for it."

Auburn closed out the day by winning it's closest event of the evening, the 400 medley relay. Hawke, who swam the anchor leg, dove in behind but swam 42.34 to outtouch Stanford's Justin Ewers as AU won by .08 of a second, 3:09.17 to 3:09.25.

"We knew Stanford had a strong team but we knew we had a chance," said Bartz. "We have been looking forward to the race. This gave us excellent momentum. There is a lot of excitement on the team."

The only swimming event AU did not have qualifiers for was the 500 free. Freshen John Pearce and Kevin Clements finished 19th and 20th, just barely missing the consolation heat. Marsh still expects contributions from the underclassmen.

"For us to continue leading and to win the meet, we need contributions from our underclassmen," said Marsh. "I am looking for the younger guys to step up for us. Winning in great but we still need others to score, the depth is what will help us."

The championships continue tomorrow with prelims beginning at noon (ET) and finals at 7 p.m. (ET).

"Tomorrow morning is very important for us. It is our best day and we need to show it," said Marsh. "Both Stanford and Texas will regroup and come in as better teams tomorrow and we need to do the same."

Day One Prelims

200 free relay
1. Ciarla, Hawke, Newman, Busbee, 1:16.50**

500 free
19. John Pearce, 4:23.60
20. Kevin Clements, 4:23.83
25. Nate Boyle, 4:25.05

200 IM
1. Lionel Moreau, 1:45.03
3. Michael Bartz, 1:46.25
10. Romain Barnier, 1:47.47
23. Kirk Hampleman, 1:48.89
25. Jeff Somensatto, 1:48.98

50 free

1. Aaron Ciarla, 19.43
(t) 5. Brett Hawke, 19.58
7. Brock Newman, 19.59
9. Matt Busbee, 19.69
(t) 17. Oswaldo Quevedo, 19.87

400 medley relay
4. Karr, Denniston, Quevedo, Newman, 3:12.77

** NCAA, NCAA meet, U.S. Open, Pool, School record.

Day One Finals

200 free relay
1. Ciarla, Hawke, Newman, Busbee, 1:16.63

200 IM
1. Lionel Moreau, 1:45.24
8. Michael Bartz, 1:48.40
11. Romain Barnier, 1:47.03

50 free
1. Aaron Ciarla, 19.36
4. Brett Hawke, 19.50
5. Brock Newman, 19.63
10. Matt Busbee, 19.68

400 medley relay
1. Bartz, Denniston, Newman, Hawke, 3:09.17

Scoring after Day One

  1. Auburn, 173
  2. Texas, 132
  3. Stanford, 114.5
  4. Arizona, 106
  5. California, 99.5
  6. Southern Cal, 83
  7. Tennessee, 65
  8. Florida State, 58.5
  9. Michigan, 48
  10. Texas A&M, 47
    Georgia, 47

Last Modified March 25, 1999
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