Jan. 20, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn swimming and diving team caps off the 2010-11 regular season Friday as the team hosts SEC rival Florida at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The meet is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the Tigers will honor their 11 seniors prior to the meet.
"Florida is always ready to race us and it is a great conference rivalry," head coach Brett Hawke said. "We're in a great spot at the end of the regular season and there is going to be a lot of fast swimming on Friday. It is a busy weekend in Auburn and the team is looking forward to people coming out and supporting us."
On the women's side of competition, the Gators lead the all-time series with a 16-12 overall record and have won the last three. The Florida men hold a slim 16-14 lead in the all-time series against Auburn. The Tiger men have won nine of the last 10 meetings with the only loss in the coming last season in Gainesville. The Auburn and Florida men have finished 1-2 at the SEC Championships for nine consecutive years with Auburn finishing first in all nine meets.
AUBURN UPSETS TEXAS
The Auburn swimming and diving team kicked off the New Year with a bang as both the men and women's squads pulled off upsets over visiting Texas. The 12th-ranked women defeated the No. 3 Longhorns, 184-117, Thursday at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The sixth-ranked Auburn men built off the women's momentum and followed with a 125.5-117.5 upset over the defending national-champion Longhorns Friday. The Auburn women won 12 of the 16 events, while the men's victory came down to the final relay with the Tigers capturing first in the 400 free relay.
The Florida women come to Auburn with a 4-3 overall mark and stand at 0-1 in SEC competition. The squad is coming off a 178-111 win over Florida Atlantic, Jan. 15. Juniors Sarah Bateman picked up two individual wins and was a part of two winning relays during the meet. Her time in the 100 free ranks seventh in the NCAA, while freshman Elizabeth Besiel holds the nation's seventh-fastest time in the 200 back.
The Gators are 4-2 overall and 2-0 in SEC competition. The team picked up a 175-114 win over Florida Atlantic and saw multiple individual wins from freshman Brad deBorde and sophomores Cameron Martin and Jason Taylor. On the national level, senior Conor Dwyer has the nation's third-fastest time in the 200 IM and the fourth-fastest time in the 200 free.
The Tigers will begin preparing for the 2011 SEC Championships held in Gainsville on the campus of the University of Florida. The divers are set to compete Feb. 11-13, while the swimmers will face off Feb. 16-19. The men look to win their 15th-straight conference title, while the women hope to pick up their sixth conference championship.