Tigers Sixth at NCAA Swimming and Diving

Minneapolis--Auburn struggled on day two at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, dropping two places to sixth and losing contact with the leader with one day of competition remaining on Saturday.

Cal leads with 352 points and has a healthy lead over Texas, which fell from first place. The Longhorns have 288.5 points.

Stanford is third with 278.5, Arizona is fourth with 214 points, Florida is fifth with 213 and Auburn has 178.5 points.

"Overall, we are not happy with where we are, it is not where we would like to be," Auburn coach Brett Hawke said Friday night. "We had some good individual efforts today that will hopefully carry over into tomorrow. We will meet as a team tonight, regroup and come back out tomorrow."

The first final on Friday night was the best for the Tigers, who finished third in the 200 medley relay behind Cal and Texas.

Auburn's top individual event on Friday was the 100 backstroke. Kyle Owens finished fourth and fellow sophomore Tony Cox was seventh.

The Tigers were hoping to pick up significant points in diving, but Dan Mazzaferro missed the championship finals in the three-meter springboard competition and ended up getting seven points for finishing second in the consolation round.

A bad night had a bad ending as the James Disney-May left the blocks early in the 800 freestyle relay causing the Tigers to be disqualified in the event.

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