Feb. 4, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn swimming’s Joe Patching was named SEC Male Freshman of the Week for third time this season by the Southeastern Conference, the league office announced on Tuesday.
Patching, a native of Ascot, England, won two of three individual events in Auburn’s final dual meet of the season against South Carolina last Saturday. He posted the top time in the 200 IM in his first career win in the event with a swim of 1:49.94. Patching also continued his ways in the 100 back, earning his third win of the season with a time of 48.35.
The freshman currently holds an ‘A’ cut time in the 200 back at 1:40.98 and also claims Auburn’s top-time in the 100 back at 47.66, good enough for a NCAA ‘B” cut. Patching has helped Auburn’s 200 and 400 medley relay teams to gain NCAA automatic qualifying times at November’s Auburn Invitational. Patching also continues to hold the Tigers’ top time in the 200 IM with a ‘B’ cut mark of 1:46.77.
Patching has won races in five different individual events this season. The freshman continues to show his versatile, swimming in the 200 fly for the first time in his career last Saturday versus South Carolina.
The Tigers return to action at the 2014 SEC Championships in Athens, Ga with the five-day event beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and running through Saturday, Feb. 22 at Gabrielsen Natatorium.