AU Swimming Has Strong Finish At Nationals

Auburn swimming had a big day at the national championships.

Indianapolis, Ind.--Auburn sophomore Adam Klein placed second in Saturday's 200m breaststroke finals at the 2009 ConocoPhillips National Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. The Auburn 100y and 200y breast record holder touched in with a 2:10.39, but was second to American-record holder and former Tiger Eric Shanteau as they both earned a spot on the world championship team with the performance.

"That was a phenomenal performance from Adam Klein," said Auburn head swimming and diving coach Brett Hawke. "This was his first time on the big stage and he came through. Adam has a great future ahead of him. I'm incredibly proud to see him get the chance represent the United States at World Championships next month. This is the first big step in what will be a long and successful career."

Shanteau dropped American record times in both heats and finals. The Lilburn, Ga., native recorded times of 2:08.43 in prelims, following it up with a 2:08.01 showing in the championship final.

"I think this meet put Auburn swimming in the forefront of U.S. swimming," said Hawke. "We really came out and showcased the tradition that Auburn swimming has built over the years. I'm incredibly proud of all of our athletes here in Indianapolis, as well as the two we had swimming in Canada and Ava Ohlgren at the World University Games."

Auburn sophomore Caitlin Geary earned a spot on the official U.S. World Championships roster for her sixth-place finish in Saturday's 100m free finals, hitting the wall in 54.73. Geary's preliminary time of 54.60 showed a significant drop in time from her previous personal best time of 56.20.

"Caitlin Geary was the surprise of the meet," said Hawke. "I didn't expect her to drop that much time. For her to pull that off and make it to Rome is a huge step for her." Also competing in the 100m free finals was Auburn junior Melissa Marik, placing 15th with a 56.07.

Auburn junior Maggie Bird placed sixth in the women's 800m freestyle finals, touching in at 8:42.96. The Muncie Ind. native took six-and-a-half seconds off of her personal best in prelims, recording a new top-time of 8:36.64.

Auburn senior Abby MacGregor and freshman Micah Lawrence won both the consolation and bonus finals, respectively, for the women's 200m breaststroke. MacGregor hit a new personal best time of 2:29.04 while Lawrence also hit ne new top-time of 2:29.72.

Freshman Max Murphy placed 20th in the men's 200m backstroke finals, hitting the wall in 2:04.14.


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