Jan. 22, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 5/8 Auburn swimming and diving team battled with SEC rival No. 6/7 Florida in Gainesville at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Both teams fell in the tight competition, seeing the men lose 162-138 and the women falling 185-115.
With the losses, the men are now 4-2 overall and 3-1 in SEC competition, while the women drop to 3-4 and 2-2 in conference.
"This was easily the fastest dual meet of the year," head coach Brett Hawke said. "We never like to lose, but Florida came in with a good strategy and came out on top. This meet has given us a good look at where we are and where our top competition is going into the championship season."
The meet proved to be an exciting one off the bat as the men's 200 medley relay finished in a tight race. The team of Jared White, Michael Silva, Jordan Anderson and Adam Brown came in first with a time of 1:27.07, just narrowly beating out second and third place.
Florida took second in the event with a time of 1:27.31, edging the team of Pascal Wollach, Adam Klein, Tyler McGill and Gideon Louw by .06 seconds (1:27.37).
Klein and freshman Stuart Ferguson led the Tigers in the breaststroke events, seeing the pair finish 1-2 in both the 100 and 200 distances. Ferguson won the 100 breast in 55.15 with Klein taking second in 55.18. Klein came out on top in the 200 breast, finishing in 1:58.84. Ferguson took second in 2:02.06. Both times were career-bests for Ferguson.
"Stuart had a pair of standout swims for a freshman," Hawke said. "It isn't easy to come into this environment and perform as well as he did."
Auburn sprinters put together another Tiger 1-2 finish in the 50 free. Brown took first in a career-best time of 19.79, while Louw came in second in 19.95. Brown led the way in the 100 free, winning in a career-best time of 43.23.
Senior Kelly Marx swept both springboard events on the diving side of competition. He opened with a win on the one-meter with a score of 341.33 and finished the meet with a winning score of 374.33 on the three-meter.
"Kelly was steady today and competed very well," head diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "I'm satisfied where he is now, but there is more work to do to be ready for the championship season. Areas that we have been working on are coming into place and that is very positive."
McGill and Anderson put together a 2-3 finish in the 100 fly, seeing McGill take second in a season-best time of 47.07 and Anderson finishing third in 48.51. McGill also took second in a tight 200 free race, finishing just .16 seconds out of first with a time of 1:37.45.
Freshman Kyle Owens led all Auburn swimmers in the 200 IM, taking second in 1:49.41. Wollach and Norys had Auburn's best finishes in the backstroke events, seeing Wollach take third in the 100 back (47.96) and Norys in fourth in the 200 back (1:46.08).
The men's side of competition finished just as it started with another tight race in the 400 free relay. Brown, Louw, Christopher Fox and McGill came in a close second in 2:55.30 to Florida, who won in 2:54.58.
For the women, sophomore Micah Lawrence and senior Ava Ohlgren were Auburn's top swimmers throughout the meet. Lawrence picked up a pair of wins in the breaststroke events, finishing first in the 100 distance (1:01.36) and 200 distance (2:12.92).
Ohlgren recorded a pair of wins for the Tigers, taking first in the 100 fly (54.42) and 200 IM (1:59.74). Ohlgren also swam to a second-place finish in the 200 fly with a B time of 1:58.34.
Sophomore Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace had a pair of season-best performances in the sprint freestyle events. She took first in the 100 free with a time of 49.59 and finished second in the 50 free in 22.92.
The Tigers were led by Vennie Dantin and Anna Aguero in the diving competition. Dantin came out with a first-place finish on the 3-meter with a score of 329.02, while Aguero took second on the 1-meter with 273.52 points.
"Vennie had a great performance today," Shaffer said. "She was the most consistent and made the least amount of mistakes to come out on top."
The 200 medley relay of Melissa Marik, Lawrence, Ohlgren, Vanderpool-Wallace opened the meet with second-place finish in a B time of 1:41.25. Freshman Katie Gardocki followed the relay with a runner-up finish in the 1000 free in 9:46.66.
Marik and Meissner led the way in the backstroke events, with Marik taking third in the 100 back in 56.07 and Meissner in third in the 200 back in 1:59.83. Auburn's top performer in the 500 free was sophomore Stephanie Horner in a B time of 4:50.95.
The 400 free relay of Marik, Becca Jones, Hannah Riordan and Vanderpool-Wallce took second in B time of 3:21.34 to finish the meet.
The Tigers close out the regular season with a dual against Emory at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. Auburn will pay tribute to its 13 seniors prior to the meet.
Auburn Swimming and Diving
Friday, January 22, 2010
At University of Florida
At Stephen C. O'Connell Center; Gainesville, Fla.
Women: Florida - 185; Auburn - 115
Men: Florida - 162; Auburn - 138
Auburn Best Finishes- Women: 200 Medley Relay - 2. Marik, Lawrence, Ohlgren, Vanderpool-Wallace (1:41.25); 1000 Free - 2. Gardocki (9:46.66); 200 Free - 4. Geary (1:49.25); 100 Back - 3. Marik (56.07); 100 Breast - 1. Lawrence (1:01.36); 200 Fly - 2. Ohlgren (1:58.34); 50 Free - 2. Vanderpool-Wallace (22.92); 1-meter - 2. Aguero (273.52); 100 Free - 1. Vanderpool-Wallace (49.59); 200 Back - 3. Meissner (1:59.83); 200 Breast - 1. Lawrence (2:12.92); 500 Free - 4. Horner (4:50.95); 100 Fly - 1. Ohlgren (54.42); 3-meter - 1. Dantin (329.02); 200 IM - 1. Ohlgren (1:59.74); 400 Free Relay - 2. Marik, Jones, Riordan, Vanderpool-Wallace (3:21.34).
Men: 200 Medley Relay - 1. White, Silva, Anderson, Brown (1:27.07); 1000 Free - 4. Kramer (9:24.42); 200 Free - 3. McGill (1:37.45); 100 Back - 3. Wollach (47.96); 100 Breast - 1. Ferguson (55.15); 200 Fly - 4. Mitchell (1:49.25); 50 Free - 1. Brown (19.79); 1-meter - 1. Marx (341.33); 100 Free - 1. Brown (43.23); 200 Back - 4. Norys (1:46.08); 200 Breast - 1. Klein (1:58.84); 500 Free - 5. Dove (4:31.17); 100 Fly - 2. McGill (47.07); 3-meter - 1. Marx (374.33); 200 IM - 2. Owens (1:49.41); 400 Free Relay - 2. Brown, Louw, Fox, McGill (2:55.30).