Nov. 23, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - Chalk up another automatic qualifying time for the Tiger men as the Tigers posted their third NCAA ‘A’ time of the weekend at the Auburn Invitational on Saturday at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
The Tiger men turned in the highlight of night during the early minutes of Saturday’s finals in the 200 free relay, posting the nation’s best mark by nearly a second with time of 1:25.98 to take the win, earning an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Auburn’s team of Joe Patching (22.43), Michael Duderstadt (23.99), Chierighini (20.33) and James Disney-May (19.23) powered the Tigers to the win and the top time in the country entering the weekend.
“I thought we had a mental letdown this morning and I really wanted to see the team comeback and perform tonight. They stepped it up enormously and a couple of freshman were really impressive,” Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. “That swim (in the 100 breast) by (Michael) Duderstadt was a great swim and one of the highlights of the night. It was just great team spirit by our group tonight.”
Duderstadt dazzled the crowd with a blistering 53.20 turned in during the men’s final of the 100 breast. The freshman’s mark ranks as the best time in the nation in the event and was good to enough for ‘B’ cut time. Duderstadt also climbed to seventh in the Auburn record book with that performance.
Auburn took home wins in both the consolation and C-final of the men’s 100 breast. Forrest Davis picked up a ‘B’ cut turning a 55.03 in the consolation, while Jordan Jones took the C-final at 56.00. Peter Haas picked up a third-place finish at 55.44 in the consolation final, just missing a ‘B’ cut time by .05.
Not to be outdone, Patching dropped nearly two seconds off his 100 back time, to post a win by out-stretching Florida State’s Pavel Sankovich by just .04 seconds. The freshman’s fast time of 46.77 ranks tied for seventh-best in Auburn history Youssef Hammoud placed fourth for Auburn in the final with a personal record of 48.94.
The Auburn women finished second to Georgia in the women’s 200 medley relay to open Saturday’s finals with a time of 1:38.95, just .14 seconds shy of ‘B’ time. The team of Emily Bos, Annie Lazor, Megan Fonteno and Allyx Purcell gave the Tigers their best performance yet of the season.
In the women’s 100 back, Auburn’s Bos posted a time of 52.55 to finish second to improve her previous ‘B’ time, while Aubrey Peacock finished third for the Tigers at 53.20. Jillian Vitarius battled with Bos and Peacock for the lead early in the race, but finished at 53.76 still well within the margin for ‘B’ time in the event. Sarah Reynolds cruised to win in the consolation finals at a ‘B’ time of 53.31, while senior Hallie Stupp delivered a second-place finish at 54.99, just inside the ‘B’ cut margin.
Sarah Peterson added a ‘B’ cut time to her resume, cruising to a win in the consolation final of the women’s 400 IM with a mark of 4:15.10. The junior’s time ranked as the sixth-best of the night. Ashley Neidigh (4:23.80) and Kristen Murslack (4:28.51) rounded out the top three in the consolation final.
Arthur Mendes set a season-best time in the men’s 100 fly, finishing fourth in one of Saturday’s fastest races with a time of 46.70 to finish fourth. Marcelo Chierighini won the consolation final at 47.37, the seventh-best time of the night to post a ‘B’ cut time. TJ Leon (48.47), Kevin Behrens (48.65) and Alex Press went 1-2-3 for Auburn in the C-final.
Bos continued to trim her ‘B’ cut time in the 100 fly, finishing third for Auburn in the women’s 100 fly at 53.40. Fonteno finished just behind Bos in fourth, notching a ‘B’ cut time at 53.69 to record a personal record for the junior. Scott posted a seventh-place finish with a mark of 54.14.
In the consolation final, Alex Merritt swam 53.26 trimming over two seconds off her prelim mark to secure a ‘B’ cut time to finish first, while teammate Sarah Reynolds placed second at 54.05 in a tight race. Maddie Martin out-touched Kimberlee John-Williams of Georgia in the C-final to win with a mark of 54.76, a season-best.
Zane Grothe and Alex Hancock posted ‘B’ cut times in the men’s 200 free consolation final. Grothe (1:36.39) finished in first, while Hancock delivered a second-place performance (1:37.53). Steyn Funk raced in the championship final for Auburn, finishing seventh at 1:39.03.
Coming off his win in Friday’s 3-meter competition, John Santeiu continued to perform well for the Tigers and finished as the runner-up in the 1-meter finals on Saturday. The senior posted his second-best score of the year at 363.55.
Fraser McKean placed third for the Tigers with a score of 358.05. Justin Youtsey scored 338.40, while Michael Beran recorded a score of 311.5 to finished ninth. All of Auburn’s divers finished with NCAA Zone Diving Scores.
On the women’s side, Shanna Schuelin posted zone diving marks in the 3-meter with a score of 307.65 Cinzia Calabretta posted a 278.45 to finish seventh, while Carly Scheper scored a season-best 276.25.
Saturday’s competition marked the first action for the Tigers in the 800 free relay this season. Auburn’s men finished second and third to close out the night. The group of Grothe, Disney-May, Mendes and Alex Hancock posted a second-place mark of 6:28.88, while Patching, Allen Browning, Darmody and Steyn Funk closed in on third at 6:32.37.
The final day of the Auburn Invitational begins on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with prelims. Both the men and women will climb the tower to perform in platform diving beginning at noon for finals. Finals are set to begin at 3 p.m. at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.