Nov. 16, 2007
AUBURN - The Auburn swimming and diving teams continued their domination over Alabama on Friday with a pair of dual meet wins over the Crimson Tide in the James E. Martin Aquatic Center. The women's team pulled out a 144-97 victory while the men won 138-84.
"We were a little inconsistent in our performances, but considering the body of work that we have done in the last couple of weeks, I think our team performed pretty well for this competition," said head coach Richard Quick. "The men responded well to their situation after the Tennessee dual meet, and the women continue to make good strides, so overall it was a good meet."
With the wins, the No. 1-ranked women's team improves to 20-8 against Alabama and continues its 12-meet win streak. The No. 2-ranked men, who won their 15th meet in a row against the Crimson Tide, improve to 23-16 in the all-time series.
Auburn returns to action, Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 with a pair of meter events. Part of the squad will compete at the USA Swimming Shortcourse Championships in Atlanta while other on the team will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Alabama Longcourse invitational. Also during this time, the Tiger divers will head to Baton Rouge, La., for the LSU Diving Invitational, Dec. 1-2.
The Tiger women's squad (2-0, 2-0 SEC) won eight of the 11 swimming events while Courtney Brown made her first career appearance diving for Auburn, picking up fifth on both springboards. Auburn's freshmen and sophomores had a solid showing in their second meet of the season, picking up five of the six individual event wins. The other two Tigers wins came in the relays.
Sophomore Ava Ohlgren, this week's CollegeSwimming.com National Swimmer of the Week, led Auburn with two wins as she took top honors in the 50 free (23.38) and the 500 free (4:51.53). Her "B" cut time in the 500 free was also one of three NCAA provisional times earned by the Tigers on Friday.
Other posting "B" cuts were freshman Melissa Marik
(1:44.30) in the 200 free and senior Emily Kukors
(4:52.29) as she finished second to Ohlgren in the 500 free.
Auburn opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay as the team of Marik, Abby MacGregor, Alana Dillette and Kara Denby took the event with a time of 1:43.19.
The Tigers then took the 1, 2, 3 sweep in the 1000 free. Freshman Micah Martindale won the event in 9:54.00 and was followed by fellow freshman Caitlin Geary (10:00.66) and Julianne McLane (10:19.19).
The sweep was the first of three for Auburn on the night as the Tigers followed with another in the 200 free and again in the 500 free.
In the 200 free, it was Marik leading the way with a time of 1:49.30, followed by Martindale and Margo McCawley. Though she did not score in the event, Maggie Bird finished in fourth behind McCawley to give Auburn the top four times in the event.
In the 500 free, it was Ohlgren and Kukors taking the top two spots with NCAA provisional times. Senior Kristen Hastrup rounded out the sweep with a third-place time of 4:54.21.
The Tigers finished off the win with a win in the 400 free relay. The team of Martindale, Hastrup, Josefin Wede and Julie Golden finished in 3:31.08.
The men (1-1, 1-1 SEC) followed up with a dominating win of their own against the in-state rival. The Tigers won all nine events they competed in against Alabama, earning a sweep in six of them. Auburn exhibitioned the last four events of the meet.
Leading the Tigers was junior Jakob Andkjaer with "B" cut times in the 50 free and 100 free. Andkjaer won the 50 free with a time of 20.09, leading an Auburn 1, 2, 3, 4 showing, and picked up his second victory in the 100 free, leading the 1, 2, 3 sweep with a time of 44.10.
Auburn started off the meet by taking the top two spots in the 200 medley relay. The team of Pascal Wollach, David Maras, Tyler McGill and Andkjaer took the win with a time of 1:30.16, but the team of Scott Goodrich, Jon Hiett, Luke Weniger and Steve Scheren was right on their heels, finishing less than half a second behind them with a time of 1:30.62.
Freshman Robert Looney then led Auburn with a win in the 1000 free with a time of 9:22.37. Jeff Smith and Will Dove rounded out the sweep, finishing second and third, respectively.
Wollach followed by with a win in the 200 free, leading a pack of four Tigers with a time of 1:41.01. McGill finished second behind Wollach and was followed by Logan Madson in third and Scheren in fourth.
After his second-place finish in the 200 free, McGill went on to lead another Auburn sweep as he won the 100 fly with a time of 49.19.
Other Auburn victories included Andrew Mitchell in the 400 IM with a time of 4:02.21 and Wollach with his second win of the night in the 100 back (50.14). Kelly Marx earned the win on the 1-meter diving board with a zone-qualifying score of 323.55.