Tigers Finish Sixth at NCAA Championships

Columbus, Ohio--Auburn couldn't move up in the field on Sunday, the final day of competition at the NCAA Men's Swimming And Diving Championships.

The Tigers, the defending national champions, were not able to improve their day two placing and finished sixth at the meet.

Texas, which scored 500 points, rallied on Sunday to overtake the Cal Bears (469.5), the leader the first two days at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State.

Auburn, which scored 277.5 points, trailed Arizona (387) and Stanford (369) as well as a Florida (364) team the Tigers had defeated to win the SEC Championship.

"Our finish in this meet really summarized the whole season for us," Auburn coach Brett Hawke said. "It was a tough year, but we're going to take a break and the regroup. We know that we're a good team and we'll come back stronger next year."

The end of the meet was also disappointing as the Auburn 400 freestyle relay, normally a great event for the Tigers, ended with no points scored due to a disqualification. Auburn came into the finals with the fastest time from Sunday's prelims.

Senior Gideon Louw tied for the top individual performance for the Tigers on Sunday with a third place in the 100 freestyle in 42.06. It was his best time this season. His teammate, sophomore Adam Brown, swam at 42.36 to take fourth place.

Adam Klein also posted a third place showing for the Tigers with his season-best time of 1:53.34 in the 200 breaststroke.

Senior diver Kelly Marx posted a career-high score of 449.75 to finish fourth in the 10-meter tower competition.

Auburn did manage to keep alive its strength of consecutive Top 10 finishes that started in 1993.

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