TIGERS CONTINUE TO LEAD, WIN FIFTH INDIVIDUAL TITLE
Mar. 26, 1999

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

INDIANAPOLIS, IND- Auburn men's swimming continued to dominate relay events at the 1999 Men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships as the Tigers won the 200 medley relay. Michael Bartz, Dave Denniston, Brett Hawke and Aaron Ciarla swam 1:26.12 to win their third relay of the meet. AU has won five individual titles including the 200 free relay, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 medley relay and the 200 medley relay. Auburn holds on to the lead with 341.5 points followed by Stanford with 297 points and Texas with 289.5 points.

"We had a great day today. We qualified some guys in the 400 IM that some teams probably weren't expecting us to qualify. Kevin and Lionel had great performances and Kirk stepping up to make the consolation heat was very important," said head coach David Marsh. "Tomorrow morning is our most important session. We have to continue to swim our race and stay focused to come out on top."

The Tigers highest individual finisher was Denniston who finished third in the 100 breast. His career best time of 53.40 is the second fastest in school history and the ninth fastest time ever recorded in the event.

To remain in contention, Auburn needed to qualify multiple scorers in the 400 IM. With four swims, AU qualified three for the 400 IM finals. Freshman Kevin Clements earned his first All-America honor as he finished sixth in the 400 IM with a career best time of 3:48.32 while Lionel Moreau finished eighth with a time of 3:51.23. Freshman Kirk Hampleman swam in the consolation heat and finished 14th with a time of 3:52.15. Hampleman swam a career best time of 3:50.76 during the prelims to record the third fastest time in school history.

Romain Barnier finished fourth in the 200 free with a career best time of 1:35.22 while freshman John Pearce finished tenth in the same event with a time of 1:36.52. Freshman John Karr just missed the finals for the 100 back by .08 of a second. Karr swam 48.39 and finished 17th in the prelims behind Virginia's Shamek Pietucha, who swam a time of 48.31.

The meet will conclude tomorrow with prelims beginning at noon (ET) and finals scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET). If the Tigers maintain the lead, it will be the second NCAA title for the men's program in three years. The 1999 Men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will be televised on a tape-delay basis on Sat., Apr. 3 at 11:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.

Day Two Prelims

200 medley relay
1. Bartz, Denniston, Newman, Busbee, 1:26.87

400 IM
3. Kevin Clements, 3:48.63
6. Lionel Moreau, 3:48.91
16. Kirk Hampleman, 3:50.76
19. Jeff Somensatto, 3:51.29

100 fly
3. Brock Newman, 47.08
15. Brett Hawke, 47.56
16. Carter Hull, 47.60
18. Oswaldo Quevedo, 47.67
29. Aaron Ciarla, 48.54

200 free
2. Romain Barnier, 1:35.48
9. John Pearce, 1:36.35
22. Nate Boyle, 1:37.80

100 breast
1. Dave Denniston, 53.40

100 back
Mike Bartz, 47.71
Jon Karr, 48.39

Day Two Finals

200 medley relay

1. Bartz, Denniston, Hawke, Ciarla, 1:26.12

400 IM
6. Kevin Clements, 3:48.32
8. Lionel Moreau, 3:51.23
14. Kirk Hampleman, 3:52.15

100 fly
5. Brock Newman, 46.80
13. Brett Hawke, 47.74
16. Carter Hull, 47.96

200 free
4. Romain Barnier, 1:35.22
10. John Pearce, 1:36.52

100 breast
3. Dave Denniston, 53.68

100 back
6. Michael Bartz, 47.49

800 free relay
3. Pearce, Barnier, Boyle, Moreau, 6:26.52

SCORING AFTER DAY TWO

1. Auburn, 341.5
2. Stanford, 297
3. Texas, 289.5
4. Arizona, 206
5. Southern Cal,
6. California,
7. Tennessee,
8. Georgia, 100.5
9. Miami, 95
10. Texas A&M, 93


Last Modified March 26, 1999
Auburn Media Relations