Jan. 24, 2014
- The Auburn swimming and diving team takes on Florida in its final SEC road dual meet of the regular season on Saturday as the Tigers renew one of the fiercest rivalries in college swimming with the Gators. The meet is set to begin at 10 a.m. (CT) at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.
Auburn is competing in its first of back-to-back dual meets as the Tigers prepare for the SEC Championships (Feb. 17-22) in Athens, Ga. The Tigers host South Carolina on Feb. 1 in its final home competition of the season. Auburn will honor its senior class as the group of 14 competes in their final dual meet at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
Saturday's meet marks the 34th all-time meeting between the Tigers and Gators on the men's side, while the women will face off for the 32nd time. Florida's men lead the all-time series 18-15, but the Tigers have won 11 out of the last 14 duals. The Gator's women lead the series 17-14.
"I think they last few years we've gone into that meet (against Texas) with the attitude and our mind set on the end of the year. We went in a little more tired than we usually do against Texas and that was a good thing."
"In practice, we've really worked on getting better, tightening up our skills. We lost a couple of close races at Texas. We were working on finishing races and get our hands on the wall."
"We want some really good racing. They (Florida) will show us what we can expect at SECs. It will be a tough battle. Florida's got a great program from top to bottom. I think it will be a great matchup."
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Auburn's men (2-2, 1-0) enter Saturday's meet ranked No. 10 in the latest CSCAA poll, looking to rebound after falling at Texas on Jan. 9. The Tigers hold the top times in the SEC in five events: 50 free (Marcelo Chierighini
- 19.25), 100 free (Chierighini - 42.04), 200 free relay (1:17.22), 400 free relay (2:52.35), 200 medley relay (1:25.98) and 400 medley relay (3:09.21).
- Chierighini's times in both the 50 and 100 free events are the top marks in the nation, while freshman Joe Patching's 1:40.98 ranks fifth in the nation.
- Freshman Michael Duderstadt also ranks inside the top-10 on the men's in the 100 breast with a 53.20.
- Senior Zane Grothe holds the top time on the team in the 200 free (1:36.39), 500 free (4:19.15), 1,000 free (9:27.00), 1,650 free (14:57.19).
- Sophomore Arthur Mendes' 46.70 in the 100 fly ranks third in the conference.
- The Tigers hold the top times in the SEC in the 200 free relay (1:17.22), 400 free relay (2:52.35), 200 medley relay (1:25.98) and 400 medley relay (3:09.21).
Auburn's streak of 10 straight wins in dual meet action was snapped during its last competition at Texas.
- Sophomore Alex Merritt owns a pair of top-10 times in the SEC in the 100 and 200 fly events. Merritt's time of 53.26 in the 100 fly ranks ninth, while her 1:57.34 in the 200 fly is tenth.
- Senior Emily Bos leads the Tigers with four `B' cut times and ranks in the top-10 in the league in the 100 back (4th - 52.55) and 50 free (22.41).
- Senior Haley Krakoski currently sits just outside the top-10 in SEC in the 100 free at 49.04, which is good enough for 11th.
- Sarah Peterson holds the top times for Auburn in the 200 IM (2:00.59) and 400 IM (4:15.10).
|Order of Events|
1M Diving (Friday)
200 Medley Relay
3M Diving (Women)
3M Diving (Men)
400 Free Relay
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