More Marsh Madness: Tigers Add to NCAA Lead

David Marsh's Tigers are once again outperforming the NCAA Championship field in swimming and diving.

Minneapolis, Minn.--For the second straight night, Auburn made a statement by winning the opening relay in an NCAA record time as the Tigers extended their lead at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.

Auburn is in perfect position to win its fifth consecutive men's national championship and seventh overall NCAA team title for Coach David Marsh in his final meet as head coach of the Tigers. The Tigers take a 102-point lead into the third and final day of competition on Saturday.

"Today I'm caught up in this wave that the team created this morning by performing so well," Marsh said Friday night. "The morning session was the best session we*ve had in my career. We had 15 swims and 15 lifetime best swims. To come in with this field and go all best times was truly amazing."

Juniors Scott Goodrich, David Maras and Alexei Puninski plus sophomore Cesar Cielo swam a time of 1:23.37 to break the old record 1:23.88 set last year by Arizona. This year Arizona was shut out of points in the event when it was disqualified along with Texas and Northwestern.

Heading into the final day of swimming and diving, Auburn has scored 380 points to 278 for Arizona, 261 for Stanford, 225 for Texas and Florida is fifth with 157.

The Tigers began day two with 187 points, 66 points ahead of Arizona, 80 ahead of Texas, 81 ahead of Northwestern and Florida and 87 ahead of Stanford.

Senior Steve Segerlin, who finished third in the one-meter springboard on day one, rose to the occasion on Friday night with a first place in the three-meter competition to score 20 points for the Tigers. Freshman Daniel Mazzaferro added six points for his 11th place showing.

Steve Segerlin dives on Friday night for the the Tigers.

Segerlin, who will defend his 10-meter platform title on Saturday night, won his first springboard event on Friday night with a score of 415.80, 8.65 points ahead of Kellen Harkness of Ohio State.

"It feels awesome to win an NCAA title on a springboard event," Segerlin said. "At Auburn platform has always been our big focus, but Jeff (Shaffer) is an amazing coach in both springboard and platform. Coming to college I never dreamed I*d win a title on springboard."

Commenting of Segerlin, Shaffer said, "Steve has really gotten better in this event. The tale of the tape in this one was his consistency, and that's been one of his fortes all through his collegiate career.

"That was a tough contest. He hung in there and stayed with the game plan of taking it one at a time and earned the right to dive last during the prelims, and I think that was a big factor. And we had a really solid performance from Dan as well, ending up 11th at his first NCAA championships."

With three scorers in the finals of the 100 butterfly, the Tigers overcame a win by Albert Subirats of Arizona that scored 20 points. Matt Targett scored 16 points for taking third while Puninski added 14 points for finishing fifth and sophomore Jakob Andkjaer scored 11 points for finishing eighth.

The Tigers added to their lead in the 100 backstroke on Friday night with a trio of scorers. Senior James Wike finished fifth to score 14 points, senior Byran Lundquist took seventh for 12 points and junior Scott Goodrich added seven points with his 10th place finish.

Sophomore Jonathan Roberts scored 13 points with a sixth place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke while Maras won the consolation finals to earn nine points for the ninth place overall finish.

Dave Moras checks the scoring after winning the consolation finals in the 100 breaststroke.

Day Two Results

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