Auburn swimming and diving falls at No. 2/8 Texas

Jan. 9, 2014

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AUSTIN, Texas - The Auburn swimming and diving team fell to No. 2/8 Texas in its final non-conference dual meet of the season on Thursday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

The loss marked the first of the season in dual meet action for the 14th-ranked Auburn women (3-1) as the Tigers were defeated by the Longhorns 168.5-129.5. The loss also snapped the Tigers' streak of 10 straight dual meet wins dating back to the 2011-12 season.

Texas' men downed Auburn (2-2) 162.5-132.5 as the team's meet for the 25th time. The Tigers swept the relay events and got a pair of victories from senior Marcelo Chierighini and freshman Joe Patching.

"I definitely thought there was some good swimming, we were rusty in some areas since we haven't raced since the end of November," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. "We practiced through a huge training block and I think that was showing in some of the kids today, but there was definitely some fight out there. I thought as a team we stuck together really well."

Auburn's men won seven events in Thursday's dual versus the Longhorns, while the women picked up six victories. Auburn's relay squads combined to win three of the four relays on Thursday.

I know our relays are one our strengths and I thought they performed really well. I thought our changeovers were very good today, there were some little things that I think happened today that we need to go and look at. It's the first time we've raced in a while."

"Joe Patching and Michael Dudestadt have really performed well and are stepping it up in practice. You can see it in the racing and I think they are going to have a great season."

"Today was a nice dress rehearsal for the men since Texas will host NCAAs in March. We really wanted to race into SECs and this sets that up. I'm looking forward to a lot more racing ahead."

Three Tigers returned to their home state on Thursday as Jillian Vitarius, Jordan Jones and Sarah Peterson competed for Auburn. Peterson won the 200 fly and finished second in the 400 IM. Vitarius picked up a win in the 200 free, while Jones finished second in the men's 400 IM.

"I was really happy with our three Texas kids. I thought they performed well in their home state," Hawke said.

  • Freshman Ashley Neidigh earned her second win of the season in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:01.69. Siena DeVenuto finished sixth at 10:30.90.
  • Senior Zane Grothe picked up a third-place finish with a swim of 9:30.09, while sophomore Tommy McKee was sixth at 9:40.51.
  • In the women's 200 free, Haley Krakoski's 1:49.45 led the way for the Tigers, finishing third. Jillian Vitarius was fifth in the 200, swimming 1:53.07.
  • McKee was Auburn's top-finisher, taking fifth with a time of 1:41.91.
  • Neidigh continued her strong performance in the distance events and placed third in the women's 500 free with a 4:57.89.
  • Grothe took third in the men's 500 free, recording a time of 4:35.26. McKee was fifth at 4:37.45.
  • Freshman Allyx Purcell (22.94) was second in the women's 50 freestyle, while the senior pair of Haley Krakoski (23.28) and Megan Fonteno (23.64) finished third and tied for fourth, respectively.
  • Senior Marcelo Chierighini claimed his first win of the day in the men's 50 free, taking first with a time of 19.90. Chierighini's victory was his fourth in the 50 free this season. The senior also claimed the men's 100 free after the meet's first break, posting a time of 43.20. Fellow senior James Disney-May was second at 44.34 to cap off a 1-2 finish for Auburn.
  • In the women's 100 free, the Tigers swept the event as senior Emily Bos (50.00) took first, Krakoski (50.18) was second, while freshman Allyx Purcell (50.43) earned a third-place finish.
  • Senior Emily Bos took the win in the women's 100 back at 53.41, while Sarah Reynolds took fourth place with a swim of 56.09.
  • Freshman Joe Patching earned his second straight win the 100 back (48:09), while another freshman, Kyle Darmody, picked up a third-place finish with a time of 48.60.
  • The Tigers took first and third in the women's 200 back as Jillian Vitarius posted her second win of the year in the event, with a swim of 1:56.67. Aubrey Peacock provided the Tigers with a third-place finish at 2:01.06 over Sarah Reynolds, who came in fourth at 2:01.09.
  • In the men's 200 back, Patching was out-touched at the wall by Texas' Jack Conger to finish second at 1:44.89.
  • Auburn picked up a 1-2 finish in the women's 200 fly as Sarah Peterson won with a time of 2:00.95, while Merritt claimed second at 2:02.94.
  • On the men's side, Arthur Mendes was second at 1:50.16 in the 200 fly. Allen Browning took fourth with a mark of 1:50.61.
  • Mendes claimed second in the longer of the two fly events with a 1:50.16. Texas' John Marten was first with 1:46.72. Allen Browning was fourth at 1:50.61, while Alexander Hancock took fifth at 1:51.16.
  • Olivia Scott picked up her first victory of the season in the women's 100 fly, posting a time of 54.25.
  • In his first appearance of the year in the 400 IM, Joe Patching won the race down the stretch with a 3:54.17. Jordan Jones took second with a 3:55.52.
  • On the women's side, Peterson continued her strong performance of the day in the 400 IM with a time of 4:19.32 for second.
  • Junior Cinzia Calabretta finished fourth for the Tigers in the women's 1-meter competition with a 276.68 to lead the way for Auburn. Carly Scheper finished sixth for the Tigers at 270.08.
  • In men's 1-meter competition, Fraser McKean was the top finisher for the Tigers, taking fourth at 359.93, just 1.5 points out of third.
  • Morgan Mullins turned in a personal best in the women's 3-meter event, finishing fifth with 292.28.
  • John Santeiu IV took second for Auburn in the men's 3-meter with a score of 394.65, while McKean finished third at 383.33.

Auburn returns to conference action on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Florida. The meet is set to begin at noon. The Tigers host South Carolina for Senior Day at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on Feb. 1.

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