Jan. 21, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Auburn swimming and diving team fell short in the final dual meet of the regular season as the No. 7 Tiger men lost a heartbreaker to No. 13 Florida, 153-147, and the No. 7 Auburn women fell to the No. 9 Gators 162-136 on Saturday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium.
The meet was contested in the Olympic distance of long-course meters, the first such meet for the Tigers this season and the third for the Gators. While Auburn put up several strong performances - including six Olympic Trials cuts - the Gators' depth, especially in the distance events, was too much to overcome.
"It's always tough to lose," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. "We didn't come here expecting to lose, but we were beaten by the better team today. We've got to do some re-evaluating before the conference meet. We need to find ways to get more people to step up when it's needed. We had some standout performances, just not enough. We need more.
"You just need people to show up. You need people to do something unexpected, and we just didn't have that today. We didn't race tough enough. We need to find a way to race much tougher if we want to contend in the next few weeks."
The usual suspects provided standout performances for the Tigers. Senior Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and sophomore Olivia Scott were part of three wins - one individual event and two relays - while Kyle Owens won two individual events and one relay to lead the Auburn men.
Auburn's women got the meet off to a strong start with the team of Emily Bos, Lauren Norberg, Scott and Vanderpool-Wallace winning the 200-meter medley relay in 1:54.44. Vanderpool-Wallace then took victory in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 55.62, but finished second in the 50 free with a 25.83. Scott, meanwhile, earned a win in the 100 butterfly with an Olympic Trials cut time of 1:00.30.
Katie Gardocki got her ninth individual win of the season, posting an 8:47.51 in the 800 freestyle. She later took second place in the 400 free with a 4:18.40. Bos was strong in the backstroke events, taking second place in the 100 back (1:03.88) and third in the 200 back (2:19.75).
The Tiger men also started strong as Owens, Stuart Ferguson, Marcelo Chierighini and Drew Modrov took the top spot in the 200 MR with a time of 1:42.84. Owens picked up another win in the 100 back with a time of 57.07; Max Murphy was second in 58.06. Owens then earned another win in the 200 back, stopping the clock in 2:07.57 to run away from the field. Murphy was second and Chris Kramer was third.
Despite a malfunctioning touchpad, Karl Krug earned a win in the 50 free with a Trials cut of 23.32; Modrov was third in 23.70. And James Disney-May helped lead an Auburn sweep in the 100 free with a time of 51.47; Krug was second and Modrov was third.
Auburn wrapped up the meet with a win in the 400 free relay as Disney-May, Modrov, Chris Manning and Zane Grothe stopped the clock in 3:27.05; the team of Krug, Allen Browning, TJ Leon and Chierighini took third. Grothe had two other good swims in the meet, taking third in the 800 free (8:23.53) and second in the 400 free (4:04.22).
In the diving well, senior Vennie Dantin earned her 14th and 15th wins of the year. She won the 1-meter event with a score of 324.22, while freshman Cinzia Calabretta posted a season-best 266.02 to finish second. Dantin then came back with a 350.70 to win the 3-meter event.
Sophomore John Santeiu took a sweep on the boards as well, winning the men's 1-meter event with a 348.53 and the 3-meter competition with a 366.83. Freshman Fraser McKean took third on the 1-meter with a 321.90.
With the regular season concluded, Auburn will now begin preparations for the 2012 SEC Championships, which will be held this year in Knoxville, Tenn. The meet runs Feb. 15-18 at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center on the University of Tennessee campus.
Auburn Swimming & Diving Results (LCM)
January 21, 2012
Stephen C. O'Connell Center - Gainesville, Fla.
Men - Florida 153, Auburn 147
Women - Florida 162, Auburn 136
Auburn Top Finishers - Women:
200 Medley Relay: 1. Bos, La. Norberg, Scott, Vanderpool-Wallace (1:54.44); 800 Free: 1. Gardocki (8:47.51); 200 Free: 4. Gardocki (2:06.02); 100 Back: 2. Bos (1:03.88); 100 Breast: 2. La.Norberg (1:12.64); 200 Fly: 2. Peterson (2:18.07); 50 Free: 2. Vanderpool-Wallace (25.83); 1M Diving: 1. Dantin (324.22); 100 Free: 1. Vanderpool-Wallace (55.62); 200 Back: 2. Bos (2:19.75); 200 Breast: 4. Peterson (2:40.08); 400 Free: 2. Gardocki (4:18.40); 100 Fly: 1. Scott (1:00.30); 3M Diving: 1. Dantin (350.70); 200 IM: 3. Peterson (2:22.68); 400 Free Relay: 1. Krakoski, Scott, Riordan, Vanderpool-Wallace (3:47.25).
Auburn Top Finishers - Men:
200 Medley Relay: 1. Owens, Ferguson, Chierighini, Modrov (1:42.84); 800 Free: 3. Grothe (8:23.53); 200 Free: 5. Disney-May: 1:57.55; 100 Back: 1. Owens (57.07); 100 Breast: 2. Ferguson (1:05.18); 200 Fly: 4. Hancock (2:08.90); 50 Free: 1. Krug (23.32); 1M Diving: 1. Santeiu (348.53); 100 Free: 1. Disney-May (51.47); 200 Back: 1. Owens (2:07.57); 400 Free: 2. Grothe (4:04.25); 100 Fly: 2. Hancock (56.81); 3M Diving: 1. Santeiu (366.83); 200 IM: 3. Owens (2:08.09); 400 Free Relay: 1. Disney-May, Modrov, Manning, Grothe (3:27.05).