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AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn University swim team again brought home a US Open Championship Friday night when sophomore Maggie Bowen captured the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:38.82. The title was her second of the meet as she won the 200 IM on Thursday night.

"Maggie was very impressive in the 400 IM tonight," said assistant head women's coach Kim Brackin. "I was happy with her race and she is getting more experience with finishing in close races."

Freshman Taylor Spivey led off the night's finals Friday with a fourth place finish in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:02.35. The women placed three in the final of the 200 free with Magda Dyszkiewicz in second with a time of 2:00.37, Maggie Bowen placed fifth (2:02.32) and Heather Kemp took eighth (2:03.84). The women's 400 medley relay also took first place with a time of 4:09.42.

"Taylor had a solid swim," said Brackin. "She was in a very talented field and overall raced very well with them. Magda had an impressive short swim in the 200 free and the medley relay did a nice job with great splits from Cortnee and Maggie."

For the men, Kirk Hampleman made his way to the podium with a third place finish in the 100 back with a time of 55.46. Also finishing in the top three for the men was Kevin Clements in the 400 IM with a time of 4:19.58.

"Kirk Hampleman is improving his speed," said head coach David Marsh. "All his time in the weight room is really paying off. The depth in the 100 back is good and we will need to be strong in this area for the NCAAs. We had a lot of presence in the 400 IM consolation final and Kevin's third place was his best swim of the meet so far."

The Tigers placed three swimmers in the 100 fly final with Andy Haidinyak taking the top spot for Auburn in fifth place with a time of 54.94 while Christian Cantwell finished 11th (55.94) and Nick Kozyra placed 12th (56.07). Auburn's "A" team 400 medley relay took the top spot with a time of 3:42.97.

"Andy swam a strong time and Nick Kozyra and Christian Cantwell gained valuable experience in that race," said Marsh. "Some key splits we had in the relay were Kirk Hampleman's backstroke and Andy Haidinyak's butterfly. We look to improve on this relay and should be at the championship level at NCAAs."

Auburn will conclude US Open action Saturday with preliminary action beginning at 9:30 a.m. and finals resuming at 6:00 p.m. at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on the campus of Auburn University.

Women's Results

100 Backstroke                                  
    4. Taylor Spivey (1:02.35)

200 Freestyle                                   
    2. Magda Dyszkiewicz (2:00.37)
    5. Maggie Bowen (2:02.32)
    8. Heather Kemp (2:03.84)
    19. Becky Short (2:03.94)

100 Butterfly                                   
    8. Demerae Christianson (1:02.69)
    13. Suzanne Flook (1:03.03)

400 Individual Medley
    1. Maggie Bowen (4:38.82)
    19. Magda Dyszkiewicz (4:53.67)

400 Medley Relay                                
    1. Auburn "A" (4:09.42)
        Spivey, Bowen, Christianson, Cortnee Adams
    12. Auburn "B" (4:21.29)
        Jessica Lizzoli, Swander, Flook, Brittany King

Men's Results

100 Backstroke
    3. Kirk Hampleman (55.46)
    10. Jon Karr (56.63)
    11. Bill Sargent (56.70)
    14. Bryce Hunt (57.04)

200 Freestyle       
    15. Richard Long (1:52.86)
100 Butterfly
    5. Andy Haidinyak (54.94)
    11. Christian Cantwell (55.94)
    12. Nick Kozyra (56.07)

400 Individual Medley
    3. Kevin Clements (4:19.58)
   10. Kirk Hampleman (4:25.01)
   11. Jeremy Knowels (4:27.38)
   14. Bryan Rother (4:29.42)
   23. Richard Long (4:33.47)

400 Medley Relay
    1. Auburn "A" (3:42.97)
        Hampleman, Denniston, Haidinyak, Busse
    5. Auburn "B" (3:45.88)
        Jon Karr, Mark Gangloff, Cantwell, Sargent

Last Modified December 1, 2000
Auburn Media Relations

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