Jan. 8, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas – The Auburn swimming and diving team travels to Austin to face rival Texas at the Lee and Joe Jamail on Thursday at 11 a.m. for its first action of 2014. The meet will broadcasted live on the Longhorn Network.
Coming off a first-place finish after hosting the Auburn Invitational, the ninth-ranked Tiger men (2-1) will face their highest-ranked opponent this season in the no. 2 Longhorns (2-1). The Auburn captured seven automatic qualifying times in its last competition, including qualifying four relay squads for the NCAA Championships.
Auburn’s undefeated women (3-0) take on No. 8 Texas (4-1) in their first action since recording a pair of automatic qualifying times in the 200 and 400 free relays at the Auburn Invitational. The No. 14 Tigers have earned 28 provisional cut times through the first half of the 2013-14 season.
The Auburn men hold an all-time record of 13-11 against the Longhorns, winning last season's dual at home, 166-132. Last season, Auburn's women knocked off Texas 153-145 in a thriller to push the Tigers record to 5-2 all-time versus the Longhorns. The Tigers have won their last three meetings against Texas.
|Off the Block|
Auburn’s men have posted 30 ‘B’ cut times throughout this season and hold the nation’s best time of 1:17.22 in the 200 free relay.
- Senior Marcelo Chierighini recorded a pair of ‘A’ cuts during his last competition at the Auburn Invitational. Chierighini’s swim of 19.25 in the 50 freestyle and his time of 42.04 in the 100 freestyle are the best times this season, respectively.
- Freshman Joe Patching scored his first automatic qualifying time of his young career with a second-place finish in the 200 back (1:40.98) during the Auburn Invitational. Patching’s swim ranks tied for the eighth-best time in the 200 back in school history. The freshman looks to improve on his ‘B’ cut time of 46.77 in the 100 back.
- Freshman Michael Duderstadt provided the Tigers with a spark in the 100 breast with a win in the final, turning in a season-best time of 53.20. Duderstadt’s swim earned a ‘B’ cut in the event and that time ranks seventh in Auburn history.
- Senior James Disney-May continues to provide Auburn with a 1-2 punch in the sprint freestyle events. Disney-May holds provisional times in the 50 free (19.71) and 100 free (43.06). He has also contributed to three relay victories.
- Senior Zane Grothe continues to impress in the 500 and 1,650 free events. Grothe recorded a season-best time in the 500 free at 4:19.15, while swimming 14:57.19 in the 1,650 free at the Auburn Invitational.
The Auburn women have won 10 straight dual meets, dating back to the 2011-12 season.
- Senior Emily Bos led the Auburn women with four provisional times individually while playing a key role in the Tiger’s pair of ‘A’ cuts in the 200 and 400 free. Bos holds the time for Auburn in the 50 free and 100 back.
- Senior Aubrey Peacock won the 200 backstroke final at the Auburn Invitational at 1:54.13.
- Sophomore Alexandria Merritt holds season bests of 1:47.57 in the 200 free, 53.26 in the 100 fly and 1:57.34 in the 200 fly.
- Senior Haley Krakoski’s swim of 49.04 in the 100 free was a career-best at Auburn in the event.
- Sarah Peterson holds the top times for Auburn in the 200 IM (2:00.59) and 400 IM (4:15.10).
|Divers at Georgia Diving Invitational|
Auburn's diving squadreturned to action for the first time in 2014, competing at the Georgia Diving Invitational over the weekend. Fraser McKean capped off a solid three-day performance with his first victory of the season, earning the win on the platform with a season-best score of 387.70. John Santeiu IV also provided the Tigers with a runner-up finish during Sunday's one-list platform final. Junior Justin Youtsey turned in his best score of the year on the 3-meter springboard with a 370.65.
Junior Cinzia Calabretta guided the Tigers to a third-place finish in the women's platform final to round out a solid weekend. Calabretta earned spots in both the 1-meter and 3-meter finals at the Georgia Diving Invitational, taking seventh on the 1-meter (270.50) before finishing sixth on the 3-meter (293.55).
|In The Polls|
In the latest College Swimmers Coaches Association of America poll, Auburn's men come in at No. 9, while the Longhorns enter Thursday's dual meet at the No. 2 spot. The Longhorns will be the Tigers highest ranked opponent they have faced this year. Auburn's men also faced No. 3 and defending national champion Michigan on Oct. 12 at the Notre Dame Tri-Meet.
Auburn's women are ranked No. 15 entering January, while the Texas women come in at No. 8, the highest-ranked club in the Big 12. The Tigers are 2-0 against ranked teams this season.
|Order of Events|
1,000 Freestyle (10:30 am start)
200 Medley Relay
200 Freestyle Relay