No. 1 Tigers Stay Unbeaten--Barely

Austin, Texas--Auburn kept alive its men's swimming team's dual meet winning streak, but just barely, as the No. 1 Tigers edged No. 6 Texas 122-121 on Friday.

Coach Dave Marsh's team has now won 40 straight dual meets since losing to the Longhorns in 2001.

Divers Steven Segerlin and Scott Morgan finished one-two in the one-meter and three-meter competition to help put the Tigers over the top. Segerlin won both events.

"This was a team meet and every point mattered," Marsh said. "Today showed that every event matters and for Scott to step up and finish second on both boards really made a difference for us. We had significant ups and downs and we didn't swim like we expected and we will need to get a lot better from here in order to accomplish what we have set out to do. I think the training foundation that we have is fabulous, but we just need to start racing better."

The Tigers improve to 8-0 this season in dual meets.

"Both our divers stepped up and did a great job," AU head diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "Steve broke his own Auburn record on one-meter and Scott really made the difference at the end for our team. It was a total team effort, but Scott improved ten-fold today. We see him dive like this in practice every day, but he is just finally starting to put it together in the meets and it was great for him to get the team behind him and that made a big difference."

The Tigers had two individual event winners in three events as senior Eric Shanteau captured both the 200 individual and 200 breast. Shanteau touched the wall in 1:48.36 in the IM and 1:59.21 in the breast to bring his season win total to nine individual crowns.

Freshman Cesar Cielo, swimming in first collegiate meet, wowed the crowd in the 50 freestyle with a winning time of 20.17. Cielo also had a third place finish in the 100 free and was instrumental in the Tigers 400 free relay win to settle who would win.

"We had a couple standout performances--Cesar, in his first meet for Auburn, in the leadoff position on the 400 free relay swam the fastest time of the day and Joey Schneider was key during the meet. The 200 breaststroke group really came through as a whole today and we had to finish as we did in that event in order to have a chance to win.

Cielo anchored the winning 400 free relay that posted a NCAA qualifying provisional time of 2:58.02 (also swimming on the relay were Alexei Puninski, Kurt Cady and Scott Goodrich). AU also had a group take third to secure the one point win (Matt Targett, Nick Bovell, Jakob Andkajaer, Schneider).

Also having a strong meet was senior Doug Van Wie, who was just edged out in the 200 back, but had a season best time of 1:45.84 for second place.

"I was glad we kept it exciting for the crowd," Marsh said. "I really want to give a lot of credit to the Texas team. They swam extremely well with a young group and it looks like Texas has returned to top-notch status in the collegiate swimming world."


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