Auburn Women Conclude NCAA Swim/Dive Championships

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<B>Micah Lawrence</b>

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Micah Lawrence
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March 23, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS - Auburn earned six more All-America honors Saturday night, bringing their week's total to 19 as the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships came to a close at the IUPUI Natatorium.

Katie Gardocki, Micah Lawrence, and the four members of the 400 freestyle relay team earned top-16 finishes, giving Auburn 19 All-Americans for the week to bring the all-time combined men's and women's total for the Tigers to 2,213 all-time All-Americans.

Gardocki kicked off the night with a 15th-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle, posting a 16:09.39 to earn her third straight All-America honor in the event, concluding her Auburn career with five total honors.

Lawrence, another senior and a 2012 U.S. Olympian, wrapped up her collegiate career with her second All-America honor of the week and ninth of her career, finishing 14th overall in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:09.74.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Hannah Riordan, Emily Bos, Megan Fonteno and Olivia Scott closed out the week with a time of 3:16.54 to finish third in the consolation final, 11th overall.

Auburn finished the meet in 13th place overall with 87 points. The Tigers earned a total of 19 All-America honors during the week and claimed their 33rd all-time individual NCAA Champion when Olivia Scott won the 100-yard butterfly Friday night.

"These ladies have worked so hard all year, and I'm extremely proud of all of them, especially our seniors," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. "I'm even more proud of how well our team bonded together this year, worked through some adversity, and kept a positive, confident attitude the whole season. We achieved a lot this year and this week. It's always a positive when you can have an NCAA Champion in an event. But we know we are capable of achieving a lot more. Some of the results this week were disappointing, but I'm not at all disappointed in our athletes. We'll get back to work in a couple of weeks and get ready for the long-course season, and then start preparing for next season."

Georgia captured the national championship with 477 points, their fifth in program history, which ties Auburn for third-most all-time. Two-time defending champ California was the runner-up with 393 points, and the SEC claimed the next two spots, with Tennessee third (325.5) and Texas A&M fourth (323.5).

It will be the men's turn next week as the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships run Thursday-Saturday here at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. Stay with AuburnTigers.com and follow @AuburnSwimming on Twitter for the latest information.

Auburn Swimming & Diving
2013 NCAA Women's Championships - Day 3 Finals
March 23, 2013
IUPUI Natatorium - Indianapolis, Ind.

1650 Freestyle
15. Katie Gardocki (16:09.39)

200 Breaststroke
14. Micah Lawrence (2:09.74)

400 Freestyle Relay
11. Riordan, Bos, Fonteno, Scott (3:16.54)

Auburn All-Americans (19)
Emily Bos (5) - 200 MR, 50 free HM, 100 back HM, 400 MR HM, 400 FR HM
Megan Fonteno (1) - 400 FR HM
Katie Gardocki (1) - 1650 free HM
Micah Lawrence (2) - 400 MR HM, 200 breast HM
Lauren Norberg (2) - 200 MR, 100 breast HM
Lindsey Norberg (1) - 400 MR HM
Hannah Riordan (3) - 200 MR, 400 MR HM, 400 FR HM
Olivia Scott (4) - 100 fly, 200 MR, 400 MR HM, 400 FR HM