AUBURN SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAMS HAVE GREAT SHOWING AT THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN DIVISION CHALLENGE-October 27, 2001
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Both the Auburn men's and women's swimming and diving teams had a great showing at Southeastern Conference Western Division Challenge Saturday as the men won, and the women posted placed second. Present for the meet were host Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, and LSU.
The Tiger Men won nearly every relay, except the 800 free relay. They placed second in that event. Auburn placed at least one swimmer in the top three in every event. James Galloway won the 500 IM with a time of 5:02.61, Kirk Hampleman finished third in 5:10.11. Freshman, Matt Kidd, won the 150 free with a time of 1:12.20. Pat Calhoun placed first in the 150 Breaststroke with a time of 1:30.15. Hampleman continued to have a great day winning the 150 Backstroke (1:19.01).
The women showed their strength by winning every relay. Freshman Kirsty Coventry had a big day placing second in the 500 IM (5:38.09), and winning the 150 backstroke (1:28.70). Teammate, Margaret Hoelzer, was also a winner in the 150 butterfly (1:29.57). Other top three finishers include Heather Kemp placing second in the 150 free (1:20.63), and Laura Swander, second in the 150 Breast (1:41.47).
The second half of the competition saw more emerging stars on the men's side, as Matt Kidd won the 50 free in 20.6. Pat Calhoun won all of the breaststroke events. Freshman B. Jones was the standout for the tigers swimming the 3000 free (2nd), 1000 free (1st), 500 free (2nd) and the 200 butterfly.
"B. Jones had a great meet," said coach David Marsh. "He swam a lot of tough events including the 3000 freestyle. He really had a packed day and held up well."
"Our women swam really well, Arkansas gave us all they had, and they pulled it off in the end." Said Marsh. "I saw a lot of positive things today, namely our freshmen had a strong debut."
On the women's side three freshmen proved that they would be key swimmers in meets to come for the Tigers. Margaret Hoelzer, Kirsty Coventry and Kelly Jones all had an outstanding debut meet. Junior Cassidy Maxwell proved to be the most versatile swimmer for the Tigers. Sophomore Laura Swander had the swim of the meet winning the 100 breaststroke (1:03.5) and beating the 2001 SEC champion.
The Tiger's next big meet is against Alabama, November 15 at 5:00 pm.
Last Modified October 27, 2001
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