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Auburn Swimming and Diving Teams Win Southeastern Conference Western Division Challenge -- October 9, 2000

Auburn Swimming and Diving Teams Win Southeastern Conference Western Division Challenge
October 9, 2000

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Both the Auburn University menís and womenís swimming and diving teams came away from the Southeastern Conference Western Division Challenge victorious Friday as the men won the cross country-scored meet with a low score of 31 and the women posted a score of 40 on the day. Present for the divisional meet were host Alabama, who came in second in both the menís and womenís divisions, Arkansas, Auburn and LSU.

There were four events on the day where the Tigers placed the top three or four swimmers including the menís 150-yard backstroke where Bryce Hunt, Kirk Hampleman, Jon Karr and Omar Fraser took the top four spots respectively. In the 150-yard butterfly, Maggie Bowen earned first place with a time of 1:32.22 and Demerae Christianson and Suzanne Flook took second and third.

Also swimming to the top spots on the day were Kevin Clements in the 500-yard IM (5:08.38), Justin Caron in the 150-yard breaststroke (1:30.39), Hunt in the 150-yard backstroke (1:20.84), Greg Busse in the 150-yard freestyle (1:13.93) and Andy Haidinyak in the 150-yard butterfly (1:20.86) on the menís side.

The men took the top spot in each individual event but the 3-meter dive, where Auburn placed Andrew Silvuka (270.25) and Caesar Garcia (225.45) in the second and third spots. In the relays, the menís A team swam to a first place finish in the 400-yard medley relay (3:24.99), the 800-yard freestyle relay (6:54.62) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:33.38). In the other two relays, the Tigers took second (400-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay).

On the womenís side, it was much the same story with Bowen earning the top spot in the 500-yard IM (5:34.37), 150-yard butterfly (1:32.22) and placed third in the 150-yard backstroke (1:33.48). In the 150-yard breaststroke, Laura Swander finished second (1:42.92) and in the 150-yard freestyle, Cassidy Maxwell placed second with a time of 1:22.41.

In relay action, the womenís A team finished first in all events including the 400-yard freestyle (3:29.38), 200-yard freestyle (1:36.26), 400-yard medley relay (3:52.75), 800-yard freestyle (7:46.52) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:47.33).

Auburn will participate in its annual Orange/Blue Intra-Squad Meet Friday, Oct. 20 at 4:00 p.m. The season will officially begin Nov. 3-4 at the SMU Classic for the women in Dallas, Texas, and Auburn will host the War Eagle Invitational Nov. 3-5 at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.

Last Modified October 9, 2000
Auburn Media Relations

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