Tigers 6th At NCAA Swimming Championships

The Auburn men's swimming team is in sixth place at the national championships.

Federal Way, Wash.--Auburn dropped one spot and will go into the third and final day of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in sixth place.

The Tigers have 178.5 points. Cal is the leader with 379.5 points followed by Texas (343.5), Arizona (283), Stanford (277) and Michigan (199). Florida is seventh with 125 and Southern Cal is next with 119.

The Tigers scored 32 points in the opening event of the night with a third place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The foursome of juniors Kyle Owens and Stuart Ferguson, sophomore Marcelo Chierighini and senior Karl Krug posted a time of 1:27.70. Arizona won the event with a time of 1:23.53.

Owens scored 15 points for the Tigers with a fourth place showing in the 100-yard backstroke. His time was 45.98 in a race won by Cal's Thomas Shields at 44.86.

"It was a big day," Owens said. "I knew it coming into the meet. The focus this morning was just to get back in the 100 (backstroke) and swim really fast in the 200 medley (relay) as well, and I accomplished that.

"I came back tonight swinging hard with the fastest split in the 200 medley and fourth in the 100 back," he added. Overall, the team did really well, and I'm really proud of everyone."

Ferguson added five points for the Tigers by finishing fourth in the consolation finals of the 100 breaststroke.

The Tigers closed the night with a 12th place finish in the 800 freestyle relay.

"It was a good day, it just wasn't great," Coach Brett Hawke said. "We're having some good performances, but we're looking for something a little extra (Saturday) morning. We have a chance to battle for fifth, and it's going to be a test for these guys for the future, to see if we can dig down and find a way to move up a spot. That will be the challenge for tomorrow.

"There's some good swimming going on, but we need more of it," he added. "We need some guys stepping up in the morning to make it happen."

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