AUBURN REMAINS IN FIRST HEADING INTO FINAL DAY WHILE BOWEN CAPTURES SECOND GOLD AT SWIMMING NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - March 16, 2001

AUBURN REMAINS IN FIRST HEADING INTO FINAL DAY WHILE BOWEN CAPTURES SECOND GOLD AT SWIMMING NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 16, 2001

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. - The Auburn women’s swim team capped off another astounding day at the 2001 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships completing day two in the top spot and adding another NCAA title to sophomore Maggie Bowen’s resume.

With just one day of competition remaining in the three-day meet, the race stands as the closest in history with Auburn standing in first with 265 points while Georgia is No. 2 (261), Stanford is No. 3 (254.5), Texas as No. 4 (229.5) and Arizona at No. 5 (200).

Bowen picked up her second title of the week taking first in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:07.26 defeating second-place finisher Michala Kwasny of Southern California by over three seconds (4:10.61). The Jackson, Miss., native also broke her own school record on the event which was previously 4:08.27.

"This was so great," Bowen said. "Last night was awesome, but tonight it is even better. I have had a really good year and I was seeded No. 1 coming into the championships, but I knew it would be a tough race. I have worked hard for this all year and it feels great."

In the 200-yard medley relay, the Tiger relay team of Taylor Spivey, Laura Swander, Cortnee Adams and Eileen Coparropa finished fifth with a season-high time of 1:39.72.

Auburn placed its only 100 butterfly competitor, freshman Demerae Christianson, in the consolation finals where she moved up from a 13th place finish in the morning, to an 11th place finish in the finals with a time of 54.25.

The Tigers had three finalists in the 200 free with freshman Magda Dyszkiewicz taking the top AU spot in seventh (1:47.34), Cassidy Maxwell placed 10th (1:47.68) and Heather Kemp took 11th (1:47.76) to round out the scoring for Auburn.

Senior Brook Monroe again stepped up for the Tigers capturing 10th in the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.01 while freshman Laura Swander moved up from the morning swim into fourth place with a time of 1:00.20. Swander’s time of 1:00.20 is a new school record breaking Monroe’s previous record time of 1:00.31.

"Laura Swander was really a key for us tonight," head coach David Marsh said. "I was overall very satisfied with our performances."

Ending the individual competition on the day in the 100 back, Spivey placed eighth for Auburn with a time of 54.93.

In the final event of the night, the Auburn 800 free relay team of Kemp, Bowen, Maxwell and Dyszkiewicz placed third with a school-record time of 7:09.66 behind No. 1 Georgia (7:06.48) and No. 2 Stanford (7:07.64).

"We knew that the first day would be our best," Marsh said. "Today we just hoped to stay close. Last night we didn’t swim as well as we had hoped in the finals, but tonight we did swim very well.

"Heading into tomorrow, we need to have our best swims. This is such an exciting team race. We said that we would be happy with a top three finish, which would be our best ever, but at this point I am starting to get greedy."

Competition will wrap up Saturday night with preliminary events beginning at 10 a.m. CST and finals beginning at 6 p.m. CST.

 1)   AUBURN            265       23)   LOUISIANA STATE    26
 2)   GEORGIA           261       24)   PACIFIC            23
 3)   STANFORD          254.5     25)   RICE               22
 4)   TEXAS             229.5     26)   VILLANOVA          19
 5)   ARIZONA           200       27)   MICHIGAN STATE     17
 6)   SOUTHERN CAL.     190       28)   FLORIDA STATE      15
 7)   CALIFORNIA        188       29)   NEBRASKA           12
 8)   FLORIDA           137       29)   CINCINNATI         12
 9)   NORTH CAROLINA    130       31)   PRINCETON          11
10)   MIAMI (FLORIDA)    88.5     31)   NOTRE DAME         11
11)   SOUTHERN METHOD.   84.5     31)   MARYLAND           11
12)   PENN STATE         78       34)   ARKANSAS            9
13)   INDIANA            73       35)   OHIO STATE          7
14)   UCLA               71       36)   KENTUCKY            6
15)   VIRGINIA           55       37)   PURDUE              5
16)   WISCONSIN          49       38)   NEVADA LAS VEGAS    4
17)   ALABAMA            43       38)   IOWA                4
18)   HOUSTON            40       40)   CLEMSON             3
19)   ARIZONA STATE      39       40)   ILLINOIS            3
20)   HAWAII             32       42)   RUTGERS             2
21)   TENNESSEE          30       42)   NORTHWESTERN        2
22)   MICHIGAN           27       44)   MINNESOTA           1

Auburn Women’s Results
200-yard medley relay
5. Spivey, Swander, Adams, Coparropa (1:39.72)

400-yard individual medley
1. Maggie Bowen (4:07.26) - new school record

100-yard butterfly
11. Demerae Christianson (54.25)

200-yard freestyle
7. Magda Dyszkiewicz (1:47.34)
10. Cassidy Maxwell (1:47.68)
11. Heather Kemp (1:47.76)

100-yard breaststroke
4. Laura Swander (1:00.20) - new school record
10. Brook Monroe (1:02.01)

100-yard backstroke
8. Taylor Spivey (54.93)

800-yard freestyle relay
3. Kemp, Bowen, Maxwell, Dyszkiewicz (7:09.66) - new school record

Team Scoring After Day Two
1. Auburn (265)
2. Georgia (261)
3. Stanford (254.5)
4. Texas (229.5)
5. Arizona (200
6. Southern California (190)
7. California (188)
8. Florida (137)
9. North Carolina (130)
10. Miami (88.5)

Last Modified March 16, 2001
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