AUBURN WOMEN MOVE TO FIFTH PLACE AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS-Mar. 17, 2000

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.-Despite a disqualification in the 200m medley relay during the prelims, the Tigers earned 91 points in day two to move into fifth place with 169 total points. The Tigers ended the evening with a third place finish in the 800m free relay, the highest finish ever for AU in that event. The team of Rada Owen, Maggie Bowen, Brook Monroe and Jen Woolf swam a time of 7:59.53 to finish behind Arizona and Wisconsin and ahead of Stanford and Georgia.

Individually, Bowen captured another bronze medal as she swam a career best 4:38.94 in the 400m IM and junior Monroe finished fifth in the 100m breast with a career best time of 1:07.22.

"Again, tonight we had an excellent night and improved times from this morning. Brook, Rada and Maggie all swam career bests in their events," head coach David Marsh said. "I am really excited about our 800 free relay team. That is the highest finish we have ever had in that event since I have been here. Brook and Jen were key in their splits and I am definitely proud of the way Jen held off Georgia's Maritza Correia and Stanford's Shelly Ripple."

On the day, AU earned seven All-America honors and three honorable mention All-America honors to bring the season total to 22. The fifth-place position ties the highest standing the Tigers have ever had under Marsh. In 1994, Auburn finished fifth at the championships with 242 total points.

Senior Mimi Bowen won the consolation final in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.64 to earn her 19th All-America honor. Owen finished seventh in the 200m free with a career best time of 1:58.87 to earn her third All-America honor this year, and her 12th career honor.

To follow the 2000 NCAA Championships and for more information, log onto www.auburn.edu/athletics or www.ncaachampionships.com.

The final day for the championships will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. for the prelims and the finals at 7 p.m.

The 2000 NCAA Championships will be televised by ESPN on tape delay with the scheduled air date set for Mar. 24, 2-3:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

Scores After Day Two
1. Georgia,    336.5    6. Southern Cal, 140
2. Arizona,    299      7. Northwestern, 129.5
3. California, 245      8. UCLA,         113
4. Stanford,   235.5    8. Virginia,     113
5. Auburn,     169      10. Texas,       102

Day Two Results
400-meter IM
3. Maggie Bowen, 4:38.94**
100-meter fly
9. Mimi Bowen, 1:00.64
200-meter free
7. Rada Owen, 1:58.87**
14. Jen Woolf, 2:00.84
100-meter breaststroke
5. Brook Monroe, 1:07.22**
100-meter backstroke
12. Katie Ryan, 1:01.49
800-meter free relay
3. Rada Owen, Maggie Bowen, Brook Monroe, Jen Woolf, 7:59.53**
** Denotes All-American

Last Modified March 17, 2000
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