Tigers Swamp Bama On Senior Day

AUBURN, Ala. --The Auburn swimming teams opened the home 2001-2002 season with lopsided victories over Alabama on Friday night. The fourth-ranked Auburn women's team defeated No. 19 Alabama 173-90 and the fifth-ranked Auburn men's team outscored 18th-ranked Alabama 174-85.

The Auburn women improved their record to 2-0 (1-0 SEC) in dual meets and it was the opener for the men's team.

It was Senior Day at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center with Abby Hochella, Christian Cantwell, Kevin Clements, Kirk Hampleman, Jon Karr, Brandon Roberts, Bryan Rother and Eric vanGoethem being honored.

Auburn opened the meets by taking first and second places in the 200-yard medley relay in both the men's and women's events and was never threatened.

The AU women swept the 1000 freestyle with Magda Dyszkiewicz in first (9:50.93), Heather Kemp in second (10:12.54) and Megan Riddle taking third (10:29.22).

In the 200 freestyle, Auburn captured the top three spots with Maggie Bowen in first (1:49.23), Cassidy Maxwell in second and Becky Short in third. Taylor Spivey earned first in the 100 back for the Tigers with a season-best time of 55.60.

Sophomore Laura Swander placed first in the 100 breast (1:02.88), freshman Margaret Hoelzer finished first in the 200 butterfly (2:01.00), Eileen Coparropa earned first in the 100 free (49.88) and Short took top honors in the 50 free (23.09). Hoelzer took her second event of the night in the 200 back with a time of 2:00.26. The trio of Magda Dyszkiewicz (4:52.96), Margaret Hoelzer and Abby Hochella went one, two, three in the 500 freestyle.

The women's team took first place in every swimming event, except the 200 breast, including sweeping the 200 free, 1000 free, the 500 free and the 200 medley relay.

The AU men took first in 11 out of the 14 swimming events which included Kevin Clements in the 1000 free (9:18.05), freshman B.J. Jones in the 200 free (1:39.71), Kirk Hampleman in the 100 back (49.33), Pat Calhoun in the 100 breast (55.54) and Eric vanGoethem in the 50 free (20.88).

In the 100 breast, Auburn showed its dominance taking the first, second and fourth spots and claimed second, third and fourth in the 200 fly (Cantwell, Nick Kozyra and Jeremy Knowles).

Divers Caesar Garcia and Matt Bricker dominated the boards taking first (319.20) and second (290.93) on the 3-meter respectively. The duo also took second and third on the 1-meter diving as Bricker placed second (204.30) and Garcia third (196.40).

Freshmen Matt Kidd and Ryan Wochomurka claimed first (44.82) and second (45.61) in the 100 freestyle. Wochomurka also placed second (20.97) to vanGoethem in the 50 free.

In the men's 200 backstroke event, Bryce Hunt came from behind in the last 50 to claim victory for the Tigers (1:48.15). Auburn went on to sweep the field in the 200 breaststroke as Kevin Clements, Justin Caron and Pat Calhoun finished first, second and third.

James Galloway had a very big night for the Tigers as he won both the 500 freestyle (4:28.47) and the 400 Individual medley (3:55.94).

"I was very pleased with the meet overall," head coach David Marsh said. "I was looking for the team to respond to the excitement of the weekend and I think they did.

"With senior recognition tonight, Christian (Cantwell), Kirk (Hampleman), Kevin (Clements), Brandon (Roberts) and Eric (vanGoethem) really had an outstanding meet. Eric is in his best form ever for this time of the year and we saw a lot to build on.

"The women had some truly outstanding swims tonight. Eileen (Coparropa) is well ahead of where she was in 2001 and she was an SEC record holder. Margaret Hoelzer continues to improve and Taylor Spivey and Magda Dyszkiewicz are really regaining their 2001 form."

Both Auburn men's and women's teams will be back in action Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 when they travel to Austin, Tex., for the All-American Invitational.

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