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Old 03-28-04, 08:34 PM
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Back to Back National Championships for Auburn!

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EAST MEADOW, N.Y. - The Auburn men's swim team captured their fourth NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving title, and second consecutive, here Saturday night dominating the field as the Tigers won by 256.5 points, scoring 634 in the three-day meet. The point total off 634 is the largest ever by a team at the men's championships and the 256.5 margin of victory is the second-largest, and the largest by an Auburn team.

With Auburn's 634 points in the meet, it becomes just the third team to break the 600-point barrier including Stanford in 1992 (632) and Auburn in 2003 (609.5).

"True to form, the year started off with a team concept of coming off of losing seven seniors last year and finding a new team identity," head coach David Marsh said. "Fortunately, the identity may have changed a little bit but the label of champion hasn't changed. These guys have kind of a different way. Points are coming from lots of different places.

"I knew our top twelve swimmers were very, very strong and that was reflected this week," Marsh said.

Starting off the night in the 1500-meter freestyle in his first NCAA appearance was junior Nate Knopf, who finished eighth at 15:07.83, marking the first time he has scored in the NCAA Championships. Knopf's time of 15:07.83 is the most impressive performance of his career.

In the 200 backstroke, senior Bryce Hunt also gave the performance of his career as he finished a personal-best of third at 1:53.15 in the championship finals. Rounding out scoring in the 200 back were sophomore Doug Van Wie in 10th (1:55.57) and junior Chad Barlow, who finished his night tying for 12th at 1:56.36.

"Last year was great but I wanted this one even more," Hunt said. "All year long us seniors tried to lead by example.'

Senior Mark Gangloff held his position from the morning prelims as he finished fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke in a time of 2:09.77. In consolation finals, Eric Shanteau swam to a 2:11.44 and tied for 13th, his best finish ever in the NCAA meet in that event.

Auburn's lone swimmer in the 200-meter butterfly, Jeremy Knowles, swam to a 10th place finish in the consolation finals, moving up a spot from his morning swim with a time of 1:57.01.

Senior Caesar Garcia led the field of divers with 46 points in the meet as he rounded out his collegiate career defending his title in the platform, becoming the first person ever to repeat in back-to-back years. Garcia's score of 635.05 is his highest in his NCAA career as he won the event last season with a score of 575.80. The Auburn divers controlled the platform event as Steven Segerlin captured second with 574.80 points and junior Matt Bricker finished sixth with 494.85.

The trio of Bricker, Garcia and Segerlin became the first three divers to score at the same meet in Auburn history. In the three days, the Tiger divers scored 93 points in three events.

"I can't say enough about these guys," Shaffer said. "They looked great tonight. It was our goal to have all three final on platform and they did it. I am very proud to have these three individuals representing Auburn."

In the fastest time ever, Auburn improved from sixth in prelims to win the 400-meter freestyle relay in finals with a time of 3:08.85. The team of George Bovell, Fred Bousquet, Derek Gibb and Ryan Wochomurka have combined to break six NCAA records in the meet.

"Those four guys are always at their best at the relays and that has characterized my favortie Auburn swimmers, going back to Rowdy (Gaines), Yoav (Bruck) and Nick Shackell. All four of those guys are just like that," Marsh said.

Auburn's "Four Horsemen", consisting of Bovell, Bousquet, Gibb and Wochomurka, combined for 340 points on the week, which is greater than 45 teams in the meet, as they scored more points alone than every team but Auburn (634), Stanford (377.5) and Texas (374).

"The 'Four Horsemen' are just the best guys," Gibb said. "When you got guys like Fred and George, it just gets everyone going and we weren't going to look back the rest of the way."

With Garcia's title on the platform and the 400-meter relay title, the Tigers now have six titles in 2004, giving them 37 in school history.

The Tigers have scored in 57 consecutive events, which dates back to the 2002 Championships, when the team scored in the last 15 events and has gone perfect in 2003 and 2004.

The Auburn men and women have become just the third school in history to have both teams repeat in the same years (Texas - 1990, 1991; Stanford - 1992, 1993, 1994).

Head coach David Marsh's seven NCAA titles in men's and women's swimming ranks him in a tie for fifth with Skip Kenney of Stanford for the most titles of any NCAA Division I swim coach. The seventh title also gives Marsh more NCAA titles than any coach in the history of the state of Alabama, surpassing Bear Bryant's six.

The meet, considered the fastest in history, saw seven world records, eight American records, 15 US Open records and eight NCAA records broken.

Marsh earned the NCAA Men's Coach of the Year for the fifth time (1994, '97, '99, 2003, '04) and ninth overall, including his three women's Coach of the Year honors (2001, '02, '03). Diving coach Jeff Shaffer was named the NCAA Diving Coach of the Year for the first time ever and Garcia was named Auburn's first-ever Diver of the Year for his efforts.

A celebration to honor the National Champions will be held at a date yet to be determined at Toomer's Corner.

Saturday Finals Results
1500-meter freestyle
8. Nate Knopf 15:07.83
17. BJ Jones 15:18.51
30. Daniel Slocki 15:30.43

200-meter backstroke
3. Bryce Hunt 1:53.15
10. Doug Van Wie 1:55.57
t12. Chad Barlow 1:56.36

100-meter freestyle
3. Fred Bousuet 46.87
4. George Bovell 47.39
5. Ryan Wochomurka 47.49
16. Derek Gibb 49.78

200-meter breaststroke
5. Mark Gangloff 2:09.77
13. Eric Shanteau 2:11.44

200-meter butterfly
10. Jeremy Knowles 1:57.01

Platform diving
1. Caesar Garcia 635.05
2. Steven Segerlin 574.05
6. Matt Bricker 494.85

400-meter freestyle relay
1. Bovell, Wochomurka, 3:08.85*
Gibb, Bousquet

* World-best mark
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Old 03-28-04, 08:48 PM
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Re: Back to Back National Championships for Auburn!

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congrats,but why is this in sports talk???







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for everyone that wants to watch:

http://www.auburntigers.com/swimming

AUBURN, Ala. - ESPN2 will air Auburn's men's Swimming and Diving championships on Monday, March 29, beginning at 12:30 p.m. CT.
Better set your replays/tivos now!!!!
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You Auburn people crack me up.

It's like you fail to realize that in the end, after all is said and done, it's still Alabama.

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Originally posted by El Scorcho
You Auburn people crack me up.

It's like you fail to realize that in the end, after all is said and done, it's still Alabama.

OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Originally posted by El Scorcho
You Auburn people crack me up.

It's like you fail to realize that in the end, after all is said and done, it's still Alabama.


this coming from oregon people

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