2008 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships

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March 22, 2008

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Day 3 Meet Notes

  • Maggie Bird finished fourth in the 1650 free with a time of 15:59.81, a time that is short of her personal-best but would rank fourth all-time at Auburn
  • Bird, a sophomore, improves to third after finishing 15th in the event last year and clocked an 18.22 second improvement
  • Auburn has had at least one swimmer in the top five of the 1650 free each year since 2005
  • From Bird: "It really hurt a lot, swimming that far. There were a few little details that I need to work on to get better, but overall I'm happy with it. I'm really excited about my improvement, I've made a lot of strides since last year. Still not quite as fast as I would like to be, but I'm happy."
  • Freshman Erica Meissner places eighth in the 200 back with a time of 1:55.92, this coming after swimming a 1:54.87 in prelims
  • the fourth-fastest time ever at Auburn
  • Senior Kara Denby placed fourth in the 50 free with a time of 48.20, finishing slower than her preliminary time of 47.92 that broke her own Auburn record
  • Denby finishes fourth in the event for the second year in a row; no Tiger has finished better than fourth since Jana Kolukanova placed third in 2003
  • With her prelim time of 47.92, Denby became the first Auburn swimmer ever to break 48 seconds in the event
  • Senior Emily Kukors swam a 49.20 in the 100 free to finish 15th
  • Denby and Kukors have both scored in the 100 free in each of their four years at Auburn
  • Freshman Melanie Roberts was the lone scorer for Auburn in the 200 breast, clocking a time of 2:13.53 to finish 16th overall
  • Roberts' time of 2:12.83 in the 200 breast prelims is good enough for sixth all-time at Auburn
  • Sophomore Ava Ohlgren set a new Auburn record in the 200 butterfly with her time of 1:54.64, finishing third in the event
  • She breaks the record set by Emily Kukors at the SEC Championships and holds two Auburn records with the other being in the 400 IM, set earlier this week
  • Her third-place finish is the best for Auburn in the event since the Tigers started winning national titles in 2002
  • The Auburn 400 free relay team of Ava Ohlgren, Emily Kukors, Emile Ewing and Kara Denby clocked a 3:13.65, holding off Stanford (3:13.77) to hold on to second place
  • The relay is the second-fastest of the season for Auburn
  • Auburn has finished either first or second at the NCAA Championships every year since 2002
  • The last time a non-SEC team won the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships was in 1998 when Stanford, coached by Richard Quick, took the title
  • Auburn, as a team, earned 43 All-America honors from 14 different athletes
  • The 43 All-America honors are the seventh-most in Auburn history
  • Kara Denby, Emily Kukors and Ava Ohlgren each earned seven All-America honors, joining just 13 other Auburn swimmers all-time to reach the mark