AUBURN SWIMMERS WIN U.S. OPEN WHILE MAGGIE BOWEN EARNS INDIVIDUAL HIGH POINT HONORS

AUBURN SWIMMERS WIN U.S. OPEN WHILE MAGGIE BOWEN EARNS INDIVIDUAL HIGH POINT HONORS

AUBURN -- The Auburn swimmers were led to victory this weekend at the U.S. Open by sophomore Maggie Bowen, who earned individual high point honors. The meet was held at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center in Auburn. Auburn won the combined scoring with 898 points, followed by Florida with 631.

"The highlight of the evening was Maggie earning the high point award. That is an outstanding accomplishment," said Head Coach David Marsh. "It shows her resilience and new dedication to her swimming."

Freshman Magda Dyszkiewicz finished second in the 800-meter freestyle (8:32.90) behind Florida's Janelle Atkinson. Sophomore Cortnee Adams finished fourth in the 100 free (55.49), dropping over a second from her swim in the morning. Freshman Becky Short finished 15th (57.50).

"Cortnee has the talent to become a world-class athlete," said David Marsh. "She had perhaps the best swim of her career tonight."

Former Auburn University swimmers Romain Barnier and Oswaldo Quevedo finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the men's 100 free while senior Greg Busse finished 16th (51.82).

Bowen dropped nearly two seconds from her morning swim to finish fourth in the 200 breast (2:30.96). On the men's side, sophomore Justin Caron improved on his morning swim and finished 3rd (2:15.12). Freshman Mark Gangloff won the consolation heat (2:18.52).

"Justin has been leading in trading, and with a team like this that means a lot. It's good to see him getting results this fall. I am excited about his path," said Marsh.

Bowen swam the 200 fly shortly after her 200 breast and finished sixth (2:17.28). Freshman Demerae Christianson placed 13th (2:18.00). Jeff Somensatto finished third in the 200 fly (2:01.38), while Christian Cantwell finished tenth (2:02.39) and James Galloway finished 15th (2:05.62).

Kevin Clements finished tenth in the 1500 free (15.42.83) while teammate Bryan Rother finished 15th (15.48.92).

The Auburn swimmers finished the night strong with a win in the women's 400 free relay by the team of Adams, Dyszkiewicz, Bowen and Short (3:56.31). The "B" relay placed fourth with a time of 3:59.16 (Heather Kemp, Jessica Lizzoli, Robyn Williford and Brook Monroe). The men's 400 free relay finished second (3:22.94) behind Alabama. The team consisted of Eric vanGoethem, Richard Long, Billy Sargent and Busse.

Both teams won the meet; the men's score was 454 while the women scored 444. "Alabama and Florida both performed well as this meet," said Marsh.

"The biggest benefit of this meet is the response we've gotten from high-school kids and coaches. They are impressed with the pool and the hospitality of the town," said Marsh.

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1500 Free
    11.  Kevin Clements, 15:11.42
    15.  Bryan Rother, 15:48.92
    23. James Galloway, 16:00.13

100 Free
    4.  Romain Barnier, 49.81
    16.  Greg Busse, 51.82
    22. Billy Sargent, 51.65

200  Breast
    3. Justin Caron, 2:15.12
    9. Mark Gangloff, 2:18.52
    17. Richard Long, 2:20.05
    18. Jeremy Knowles, 2:21.43

200 Fly
    3.  Jeff Somensatto, 2:01.38
    10.  Christian Cantwell, 2:02.39
    15.  James Galloway, 2:05.62

400 Free Relay
    2. Auburn "A": Eric van Goethem, Richard
                    Long, Bill Sargent, and Greg Busse; 3:22.94
    7. Auburn "B": Andy Haidinyak, Jon Karr,
                    Justin Caron, Mark Gangloff; 3:29.83

WOMEN

800 Free
    2. Magda Dyszkiewicz, 8:32.90
    17. Megan Riddle, 8:52.24
    29. Heather Kemp, 9:00.10

100 Free
    4.  Cortnee Adams, 55.49
    15. Becky Short, 57.50


200 Breast
    4. Maggie Bowen, 2:30.96
    19. Laura Swander, 2:35.02

200 Fly
    6. Maggie Bowen, 2:17.28
    13. Demerae Christianson, 2:18.00
    22. Suzanne Flook, 2:19.83

400 Free Relay
   1.  Auburn "A": Cortnee Adam,
                   Magda Dyszkiewicz, Maggie Bowen,
                   Becky Short; 3:56.31
   4. Auburn "B": Heather Kemp,
                  Jessica Lizzoli, Robyn Williford,
                  Brook Monroe; 3:59.16

Last Modified December 2, 2000
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