GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Auburn swimming and diving came up short in its final road dual meet of the season as the Auburn women fell 173.5-124.5 to No. 9 Florida, while the men were defeated 180-117 by the second-ranked Gator men on Saturday at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.
Senior Marcelo Chierighini continued to string together strong performances in the sprint events, winning both the 50 free and 100 free against the Gators for the Auburn men (2-3, 1-1). Freshman Joe Patching continued to find success in the men’s 200 back, picking up the win for the Tigers.
For the Auburn women (3-2, 1-1), senior Emily Bos posted a win in the 100 back and also was a part of the Tigers’ 200 medley win along with Natasha Lloyd, Megan Fonteno and Allyx Purcell. Auburn’s foursome swam a 1:40.89 to defeat the Gators, who currently hold the SEC’s top time in the vent. Fonteno added her first win of the season in the 100 fly.
Sprinting to the Wall
In the women’s 50 free, Auburn went 2-3-4 as freshman Allyx Purcell posted a time of 22.70 for second place, falling short of first by just .05 to Florida’s Olivia Hinds. Senior Haley Krakoski picked up third with a mark of 23.37, while Aubrey Peacock was fourth at 23.48.
Once again, Marcelo Chierighini charged out early off the blocks to pick up his fourth win of the season in the 500 free, posting a time of 19.71 to edge Florida’s Bradley Deborde (19.84). Freshman Alex Press gave the Tigers 1-3 finishing, taking third at 20.40.
In the women’s 100 free, Emily Bos picked up her second win in a row in event, posting a mark of 49.55. Purcell tied for second with Florida’s Hinds at 49.71.
Chierighini earned his third straight win the men’s 100 free, posting a time of 43.81.
The Auburn women earned a big win to open the meet in 200 medley, posting a time of 1:40.89 to take first. The group pf Emily Bos, Natasha Lloyd, Megan Fonteno and Allyx Purcell guided Auburn to the win over the SEC’s top-ranked team in the event so far this season.
On the men’s side, the Tigers were edged out at the wall by Florida as Auburn went 1:28.37 in the 200 medley. Florida posted a 1:28.00 to take first.
Auburn and Florida battled in a tight race during the 400 free relay, but the Gators edged the Tigers out late. Auburn’s ‘A’ relay team of Bos, Purcell, Haley Krakoski and Fonteno took second at 3:20.13.
Ashley Neidigh placed fifth for the Tigers in the 1,000 free on the women’s side at 10:02.12, while Siena DeVenuto’s 10:22.64 took sixth.
Zane Grothe’s 9:14.94 was a season-best for the senior in the 1,000 as he finished fourth. Tommy McKee took fifth, recording time of 9:36.33.
Krakoski went 1:50.35 for Auburn’s women to finish third in the 200 free. With no break in between the 1,000 and 200 free event, Neidigh dove right back in and delivered her season-best time of 1:51.97 to finish fifth, just ahead of Fonteno’s 1:52.97 which was good enough for sixth.
On the men’s side, Alexander Hancock’s 1:38.63 finished fourth and was the top-time by the Tigers in the 200 free.
Neidigh was fifth in the women’s 500 free at 4:56.46, while DeVenuto took sixth in 5:06.36. Grothe’s time of 4:28.16 in the men’s 500 free gave the senior a fourth-place finish in the 500 free.
Fonteno Earns Win 100 Fly
Fonteno claimed her first win of the year in the 100 fly with a strong time of 54.94. Fonteno defeated Florida’s Ellese Zalewski, who currently holds the league’s top time in the 100 fly. Merritt picked up a third-place finish in the race at 55.78, while Aubrey Peacock was fourth at 55.98.
In the men’s 100 fly, Auburn’s Arthur Mendes took second with a swim of 48.98.
Bos edged Florida’s Sinead Russell at the wall by just .02 seconds to win the 100 back with a time of 53.87. Jillian Vitarius’ 54.58 to take fourth. Sarah Reynolds finished fifth for the Tigers at 55.83, while Hallie Stupp placed sixth with a swim of 56.82.
Joe Patching earned his second straight victory in the men’s 200 back, edging Florida’s Corey Main in the final 25 yards with a time of 1:43.81.
In the women’s 200 back, Jillian Vitarius posted a second-place finish with a swim of 1:59.83. Auburn picked up a 2-3-4 finish as Hallie Stupp took third at 2:00.39, while Reynolds claimed fourth with a swim of 2:00.80.
Santeiu Sweeps Men's Diving
Auburn’s men went 1-2-3 on 1-meter springboard on Friday night as John Santeiu IV, Fraser McKean and Michael Beran led the way for the Tigers. The win for Santeiu was his second of the year on the 1-meter, posting a score of 342.00. McKean’s 324.38 was good enough for second, while Michael Beran took third place scoring 300.59.
In the men’s 3-meter, Santeiu swept the dual meet with a score of 375.90 to earn his fourth individual win of the season. McKean provided the Tigers with another strong performance on the 3-meter, scoring 359.79 to take second. Beran placed fourth with 315.48 points.
On the women’s side, Auburn’s duo of Shanna Schuelein and Cinzia Calabretta gave the Tigers a 2-3 finish on the 3-meter board Saturday. Schuelein scored 293.33 points to take second, while Calabretta placed third with a mark of 289.28. Carly Scheper and Morgan Mullins tied for fifth at 266.03, respectively.
In the women’s 1-meter competition held Friday night, Carly Scheper was the top-finisher for the Tigers with 256.35 for third place.
Lloyd Debuts for Auburn Women
On the women’s side, Natasha Lloyd cranked out a notable swim and picked up a second-place finish for the Tigers in her first competition of the season with a time of 1:04.31. Annie Lazor’s 1:04.46 was good enough for third.
Duderstadt swam 55.73 for third in the men’s 100 breast as the freshman returned to his home state of Florida to compete for the first time in his Auburn career. Peter Haas posted a time of 57.09 for fifth.
Lazor’s 2:17.85 in the women’s 200 breast gave the sophomore a second-place finish for Auburn.
In the men’s 200 breast race, Duderstadt’s 2:03.43 was good enough third.
Swimming the 200 IM for the first time in two months, Patching posted the best time for the Tigers on the men’s side at 1:49.58 to take third.
Auburn went 2-3-4 in the women’s 200 IM as Sarah Peterson led the way at 2:05.55 to take second. Sarah Reynolds took third at 2:05.77, while Annie Lazor’s 2:06.34 was a season-best time.
Auburn returns home on Feb. 1 to host the South Carolina Gamecocks at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center at 11 a.m. The Tigers will honor their senior class prior to the start of the meet.