BRICKER AND JONES EARN WINS AT DALLAS MORNING NEWS CLASSIC -- Jan. 19, 2002

BRICKER AND JONES EARN WINS AT DALLAS MORNING NEWS CLASSIC -- Jan. 19, 2002

DALLAS, Texas -- Auburn freshmen Matt Bricker and BJ Jones each claimed individual titles at the Dallas Morning News Classic here Saturday night as Bricker won the 3-meter diving event and Jones took the 500-yard freestyle wrapping up the weekendís competition.

With Bricker and Jonesí wins, the duo each earned their top score and time of the season with Bricker scoring a 345.80 on the 3-meter while Jones swam to a 4:28.22 in the 500 free. Bricker also placed fourth on the 1-meter (285.50) in Fridayís action for the Tigers.

''This was Mattís highest score to date on the 3-meter which was even better than he did at Texas,'' head diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. ''He was more consistent today and this was a really tough field. Phillip Jones from Tennessee and Zach Wilcox from Florida will make it a great SEC competition in a few weeks. This was a very good meet for Matt as he heads into SEC and NCAA competition.''

In other action, junior Nick Kozyra finished fourth in the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.30 and freshman Will Brandt took fifth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:04.47.

Taking sixth place was Scott Talbot in the 200 back (1:52.90), Eric vanGoethem in the 100 free (46.92) and Brad Knueven in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:56.51.

Competition concluded on Saturday night, but the No. 2-ranked Tigers will be back in action Friday, Jan. 25 when they travel to Florida for an SEC dual match up for Auburnís final dual meet of the season.

Last Modified January 19, 2002
Auburn Media Relations