NCAA Swimming Diving Championship

March 24, 2012 by staff 

NCAA Swimming Diving Championship, Junior Kyle Owens earned a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke to highlight Friday’s action at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships. Auburn is in sixth place after two days at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

The Tigers have 178.5 points and stand 20.5 points back of fifth-place Michigan. California extended its lead with three wins on Friday as the Bears have 379.5 points. Texas is in second place with 343.5, and Arizona moved into third place with 283 points.

“It was a good day, it just wasn’t great,” Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. “We’re having some good performances, but we’re looking for something a little extra (Saturday) morning. We have a chance to battle for fifth, and it’s going to be a test for these guys for the future, to see if we can dig down and find a way to move up a spot. That will be the challenge for tomorrow. There’s some good swimming going on, but we need more of it. We need some guys stepping up in the morning to make it happen.”

Owens equaled his finish from last year’s NCAA Championships, finishing fourth in the 100 backstroke in a time of 45.98. It was a busy day for the junior from Johnson City, Tenn., as he competed in three events for the Tigers. He swam the leadoff leg of the 200 medley relay and the second leg of the 800 freestyle relay as well.

“It was a big day,” Owens said. “I knew it coming into the meet. The focus this morning was just to get back in the 100 (backstroke) and swim really fast in the 200 medley (relay) as well, and I accomplished that. I came back tonight swinging hard with the fastest split in the200 medley and fourth in the 100 back. Overall, the team did really well, and I’m really proud of everyone.”

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