Swimmers Finish 6th at NCAA Championships

Minneapolis--Auburn wrapped up the 2011 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships with a sixth place finish in the competition won by the Cal Bears.

Auburn scored 269.5 points, well off the pace set by Cal which scored 493 points. Texas was second with 470.5 points followed by Stanford with 403, Arizona with 302 and Florida with 291.

The Tigers wrapped up what was not a strong meet by Auburn standards with a good performance in the last event of the competition taking second place in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

Senior Adam Brown, freshman Marcelo Chierighini, junior Karl Krug and senior Kohlton Norys swam the relay for the Tigers. Auburn's time was 2:49.47 while Cal won with a time of 2:47.39.

"It was a great way to finish the meet and I am very proud of our seniors like Adam Brown and Kohlton Norys for the way they stepped up and lead this team to a top six finish in the meet," Auburn coach Brett Hawke said.

"We also got a great glimpse of the future this week with some great swimmers like Max Murphy, Kyle Owens and Zane Grothe working their way up," Hawke said.

"Overall, I was really proud of the way this team battled when things were not going our way, but we know we have to get better and get stronger moving forward from here," the coach added.

Brown was Auburn's top performer scoring 62 points in the meet. On Saturday night he finished third in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 41.84 while Chierighini finished eighth in 42.49.

Zane Grothe, a freshman, scored 25 points and set two Auburn records meet. He opened the competition on Saturday night by breaking his own Auburn record in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 14:47.09. He easily surpassed his previous best of 14:57.46 set at the 2011 SEC Championships on the way to taking sixth in the event. He became the first AU male swimmer to earn All-America status in the 1650.

Dan Mazzaferro, who struggled in the diving events, did not make the championship finals in the platform event and finished 15th.

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