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US College Swimmers Set World Records - 2004-03-28


University of Texas swimmers Aaron Peirsol and Ian Crocker set world records to close out the NCAA men's collegiate swimming championships in East Meadow, New York.

Peirsol opened Saturday night's competition in impressive fashion, clocking a time of one minute and 50.64 seconds in the short course 200 meter backstroke. That improved the world record he set in Moscow in April of 2002 by more than half a second.

Minutes later, Crocker won the 100-meter freestyle in 46.25 seconds. That broke the 10-year-old world record of Russian freestyle great Alexander Popov by more than a quarter-second. It was Crocker's third record-breaking performance in two days. He broke the 100 meter butterfly record on Friday, then lowered it again Saturday with a time of 49.07 seconds in the final.

In all, seven short course world records fell during the three-day event, which was won by Auburn University for the second straight year. Stanford was the runner up, with Texas finishing third.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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