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2005 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONS A united team sporting bleached hair 2005 NCAA Results 1. Auburn 2. Stanford 3. Arizona 4. California 5. Florida 6. Michigan 7. Texas 8. Nortwestern 9. Southern California 10. Georgia

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(and one mullet) became only the third team since 1980 to win three NCAA titles in a row and ironically in the same pool where the bleached out Auburn men won its first championship in 1997. The first day of competition would see the Auburn men take a decisive lead as the team had been accustomed to doing the previous two years. The 200 FR would start things off right in the finals by breaking the Auburn record with a 1:16.00, and going

2005 Auburn Titles • Fred Bousquet 50 free • Matt Bricker Platform

under the old NCAA record with first place Cal. After the 200 IM when Eric Shanteau and Doug Van Wie both put in top four finishes

Auburn takes the podium for the third straight year.

the Tigers looked on their way to dominating

three-meter championship list. We had a game plan and he dove with a tremendous

the first day. But they didn’t know whether

amount of confidence tonight.”

Fred Bousquet would be able to repeat his

With only one event to go the scores looked much tighter than Auburn had gotten

sub-19 second performance in the 50 free. Not only did he walk away with the NCAA

used to seeing at the end of the second day. Stanford and Arizona were both close and

record, the only two sub-19 swims ever, and as NCAA Champion he registered a

everyone knew the last day would truly decide the winner. The 800 FR team helped

“quantum leap in the sport,” Marsh said. Fred’s 18.74 from the prelims erased the old

increase Auburn’s lead by breaking the fourth school record of the day. Freshman Rory

record by more than three tenths, a huge margin even in a 200 let alone swimming’s

Connell came through with a vital sub 1:35 third split. After the relay the standings laid

shortest race.

out at Auburn 338, Stanford 300, and Arizona 292.

After Fred’s second landmark swim in the 50 all eyes turned to diving where

With one day to go, the team title looked up for grabs as Auburn was shut out in

Auburn sported the strongest pair in the entire field. Matt Bricker and Steve Segerlin

the mile to start the day but once again Doug Van Wie and Chad Barlow had great

both finaled to start off what would be a great weekend for AU diving. Finally the

swims to put points on the board. Though Chad had broken the team record at SECs

first day came to a close with Auburn just off the school record in the 400 MR with a

Doug came out ahead this time with a second place and personal best 1:41.24. Right

3:07.92. The Tigers had taken a 172 to 130 lead over Arizona, with Stanford close on

after that Auburn deflated Stanford and Arizona’s hopes by finishing the 100 free with Bousquet and Bovell in finals and Wochomurka and Bryan Lundquist in consols. Fred

the Cardinals heels with 120 points. Friday was a new day with the rest of the field trying their best to flex their muscle

again swam an amazing sprint freestyle leg, breaking the second oldest school record

and reel Auburn back in. Eric Shanteau got the individual points going for the Tigers;

on the books with his 42.19. The old record holder - two-time Olympic Gold Medalist

he was the top seed going into finals for the second night in a row but settled for a

Rowdy Gaines.

school record and third place in the 400 IM. Next came Bousquet in the 100 fly finals

With only one man scoring in both the 200 breast and the 200 fly, Bricker and

for the third year in a row, taking the top Auburn spot with fifth. The 100 breast saw

Segerlin knew it was up to them to cement the victory for Auburn. Only this time it

Auburn not score a point for the first time since 1995 but Van Wie, Chad Barlow, and

was Bricker who would top his teammate and as it turned out the entire field. Matt

Scott Goodrich got the ball rolling again in the 100 back. Doug’s time of 46.17 lowered

made it three years running that Auburn has won the platform diving and Steve made

the school record he set in the morning as he led a third, sixth, and 14th place points

sure it was the second year in a row that Auburn went 1-, 2 by matching his second

charge.

place performance from last year.

This led to 3-meter diving and typically Auburn divers get better as the boards

“What a great performance from Matt and Steve,” Shaffer said. “I couldn’t be more

go up so the rest

proud of Matt stepping up tonight. He has been through a lot in his four years at

of the team looked

Auburn and it was just a fitting end for him to come out victorious tonight.”

on anxiously to see

This left only the 400 FR and Auburn looking for its first relay win of the meet.

how Steve and Matt

Fred again lowered the record books with his 41.87 leadoff breaking the youngest

would do. Both would

school record on the books…his own from earlier that day. The relay would fall to Cal,

deliver and Steve

but the Tigers knew they had come through where it mattered the most. AUBURN

would go on to set

491, Stanford 414.

the third team record

Divers Matt and Steve really showed their value scoring 86 points when the margin

of the day (618.30) in

of victory over Stanford was only 77 points. The seniors came out ahead of the field

his third place effort.

again as senior captain BJ Jones said, “Every year the goal is to win another national

“I thought it was

championship. It feels great to go out as a captain and lead my team and bring it home

an awesome effort by

to Auburn University. I came here to win a national championship and thank God I

Steven,” said AU div-

have been able to win three.”

ing coach Jeff Shaffer. “Finally we break the Matt Bricker took the platform title.

- By Bryce Hunt, class of 2004

school record on a

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