AUBURN SWIMMING HAS SUCCESSFUL FIRST DAY AT US OPEN - Nov. 30, 2000

AUBURN SWIMMING HAS SUCCESSFUL FIRST DAY AT US OPEN - Nov. 30, 2000

AUBURN, Ala. - Sophomore Maggie Bowen got things started off right for the Auburn University swim team Thursday evening at the Swimming US Open, winning the first race of the night - the 200-meter individual medley.

On the women's side, Auburn picked up seven top eight finishes on the night with Bowen capturing the lone Auburn US Open title in the 200 IM with her career-high time (2:11.30). Freshman Magda Dyszkiewicz finished third in the 400 free with a time of 4:09.86 and freshman Heather Kemp finished eighth in the 400 free (4:20.67).

"Maggie's time in the 200 IM is very impressive for this time of the year," said Auburn head coach David Marsh. "She has moved into the NCAA favorite spot for this season with that performance."

Auburn also placed two women in the top five in the 100 breast with Bowen earning a fourth place finish (1:10.05) and Laura Swander placing fifth (1:10.33).

"Taylor, Laura, Becky and Cortnee had very nice performances today also," said Marsh. "As expected, Magda and Janelle Atkinson of Florida helped push each other in the 400 free. That will be a matchup we will see for the next four years."

For the men, Mark Gangloff grabbed the top spot in the 100 breast with a fourth place finish at 1:02.15. Following right behind was Justin Caron (1:02.59) and Dave Denniston, who won the consolation final and actually had the second fastest time of the finals with a 1:01.91.

"Dave, Justin and Mark had very strong performances in the 100 breast," said Marsh.

Bryce Hunt took Auburn's top place on the night with a third place finish in the 200 back with a time of 1:59.66. In the 200 IM, Auburn placed seven swimmers in the finals with Kevin Clements taking the top spot for the Tigers in seventh (2:04.48) and Kirk Hampleman winning the consolation finals with a time of 2:03.88.

"Bryce had the best swim of the evening," said Marsh. "That race will help him to raise his level of competition."

The Tigers will again be in action Friday morning in the US Open with a 9:30 a.m. start time for preliminary events and 6:00 p.m. for finals Friday evening.

Women

200 Individual Medley                 
    1. Maggie Bowen (2:11.30)

400 Freestyle                         

    3. Magda Dyszkiewicz (4:09.86)

400 Free (cont.)                      
    8. Heather Kemp (4:20.67)

100 Breaststroke                      
    4. Maggie Bowen (1:10.05)
    5. Laura Swander (1:10.33)

200 Backstroke                        
    6. Taylor Spivey (2:14.39)

50 Freestyle                          
    7. Becky Short (26.07)
    9. Cortnee Adams (25.80)

800 Free Relay                        
    2. Auburn "A" (8:13.86)
    Short, Bowen, Adams, Dyszkiewicz
    8. Auburn "B" (8:28.15)
    Spivey, Kemp, Lizzoli, Maxwell

Men

200 Individual Medley
      7. Kevin Clements (2:04.48)
      9. Kirk Hampleman (2:03.88)
      11. Jeff Somensatto (2:04.23)
      12. James Galloway (2:04.69)
      13. Mark Gangloff (2:05.08)
      15. Richard Long (2:08.34)
      24. Jeremy Knowles (2:09.71)

400 Freestyle
      13. Kevin Clements (3:57.99)
      21. James Galloway (3:58.80)
      22. Bryan Rother (3:59.61)

100 Breaststroke
      4. Mark Gangloff (1:02.15)
      5. Justin Caron (1:02.59)
      9. Dave Denniston (1:01.91)
      16. Pat Calhoun (1:04.59)
      20. Brad Knueven (1:05.09)
      21. Eric vanGoethem (1:05.15)

200 Backstroke
      3. Bryce Hunt (1:59.66)
      8. Jeff Somensatto (2:02.29)
      17. Jon Karr (2:03.07)

50 Freestyle
      23. Eric vanGoethem (24.24)

800 Free Relay
      1. Auburn "A" (7:27.08)
      Long, Clements, Greg Busse, Galloway
      6. Auburn "B" (7:41.97)
      Andy Haidinyak, Glangoff, Kirk Hampleman, Christian Cantwell

Last Modified November 30, 2000
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