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INDIANAPOLIS, IND.--- Ranked fifth in the country, the Auburn women currently have 78 points and stand in sixth-place after day one of the NCAA Championships. Freshman Maggie Bowen was Auburn's highest finisher of the night with a third place finish in the 200 IM. Bowen swam 2:12.21 behind 2000 SEC 200 IM champion Kristy Kowal of Georgia and senior Elli Overton of California to capture the bronze medal. For the night, Auburn earned six All-America honors and six honorable mention honors.

"This was definitely a better start then last year. This evening we moved up in every event but one and that is all you can ask for in a swimmer. That means we raced very well," said head coach David Marsh. "Tomorrow morning is the key for us. We need to have excellent preliminaries to continue moving towards our goal."

The 200m free relay team began the evening by winning the consolation heat with a ninth place finish, recording the fifth fastest time of the evening and currently, the ninth fastest time in the world, 1:41.37.

Senior Rada Owen finished seventh during prelims of the 400m free but moved into fifth place during the finals with a time of 4:09.53. This marked her highest finish ever at a NCAA Championship.

"Individually, I am very proud of Rada and what she has accomplished and as for Maggie, that is only signs of what is to come in the future," Marsh said.

The 400m medley relay team of Katie Ryan, Brook Monroe, Mimi Bowen and Jen Woolf completed the evening with a time of 4:03.30 and a sixth place finish. That time currently stands as the 14th fastest time in the world.

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The championships continue on Friday morning with the prelims scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and the final at 7 p.m.

**At the Short Course World Championships held in Athens, Greece, former AU All-American Scott Tucker swam the lead off leg of the second-place 400m free relay for Team USA which set an American record time of 3:10.98. His split of 48.02 was the second fastest of the meet. The previous record was 3:12.68.

Scores After Day One
1. Georgia,     152     6. Auburn,       78
2. Arizona,     121     7. Southern Cal, 67.5
3. Stanford,    118     8. Michigan,     50.5
4. California,  103     9. Virginia,     50
5. Northwestern, 80     10. UCLA,        47

200-meter free relay
9. Cortnee Adams, Robyn Williford, Jen Woolf, Mimi Bowen, 1:41.37
400-meter free
5. Rada Owen, 4:09.53**
200-meter IM
3. Maggie Bowen, 2:12.21**
16. Brook Monroe, 2:15.15
50-meter free
14. Robyn Williford, 25.68
400-meter medley relay
6. Katie Ryan, Brook Monroe, Mimi Bowen, Jen Woolf, 4:03.30**
**Denotes All-Americans.

Last Modified March 16, 2000
Auburn Media Relations

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