Auburn Women's Swimming and Diving in first place at SMU Women's Classic after first day of competition
Dallas, Texas--The Auburn Women's Swimming and Diving team won three out of nine events tonight at the SMU Women's Classic at the Perkins Natatorium in Dallas, Texas. They are in first with 160 points, followed by Texas (151) and Florida (136).
The Tigers were led by sophomore Maggie Bowen and freshman Taylor Spivey as the predominately young team began to show what they are capable of this season. In a stand-out swim, Bowen won the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:14.68, which set a new meet record and was under the NCAA "A" qualifying time. Spivey won the 100-yard back in 56:17.
"Maggie swam smart, aggressive, and swam her own race. She was in control from the start,"said Assistant Head Women's Coach Kim Brackin.
Spivey also led off the winning 400-yard medley relay (3:45.99). On the relay were freshman Laura Swander, freshman Demerae Christianson, and sophomore Cortnee Adams.
Christianson finished second in the 100-yard butterfly (56.69) and Swander finished just .01 seconds behind the first place swimmer in the 100-yard breast (1:04.38). In the 50-yard freestyle, the most competitive race of the night, Adams finished fifth (23.77).
Freshman Magda Dyszkiewicz finished third in the consolation heat of the 400-yard IM (4:24.64) and second in the consolation heat of the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.05). Sophomore Cassidy Maxwell won the consolation heat of the 100-yard breast (1:07.35) and freshman Becky Short won the consolation heat of the 50-yard freestyle (24.10). The 800-yard freestyle relay of Bowen, Dyszkiewicz, Maxwell, and Short finished third (7:32.42).
Freshman diver Ashley Rubenstein finished sixth. "Ashley was very aggressive on all of her dives. It was encouraging to see the height she was able to get; this will have big dividends later in the season," said Head Diving Coach Jeff Shaffer.
"In general, the team was ready to race in Auburn form. They were not tentative whatsoever," said Brackin. "They are excited and ready for tomorrow."
Last Modified November 3, 2000
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