Feb. 7, 2008
AUBURN - The No. 5-ranked Auburn swimming and diving teams return to action this weekend with their final home dual meet of the season.
The men are set to take on Florida State while the women will face the No. 22 Seminoles and Arkansas. Diving is slated to begin at 11 a.m. with swimming scheduled for a 12 p.m. start at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
The meet is also Senior Day for the swimming and diving team as the Tigers will honor their eight seniors. Swimming in their final home dual meet are 17-time All-American Kara Denby (Simi Valley, Calif.), three-time All-American Kristen Hastrup (Fresno, Calif.), 19-time All-American Emily Kukors (Auburn, Wash.), 10-time All-American Scott Goodrich (Glendale, Ariz.), three-time All-American David Maras (New Orleans, La.), eight-time All-American Alexei Puninski (Croatia), Jeff Smith (Mandeville, La.) and All-American Luke Weniger (Pittsford, N.Y.).
In the men's meet, No. 5 Auburn (3-2) will take on Florida State (9-4) for the 16th time in the team's history. The Tigers enter the meet with a dominating 15-0 all-time record over the Seminoles, following a 133-108 victory last season.
FSU is receiving votes in the CSCAA top-25 poll and is technically the No. 31 team in the nation. The Seminoles scored 60 points at the NCAA Championships last season, finishing 17th overall.
For the women, the fifth-ranked Tigers (5-1) will take on both No. 22 Florida State (15-2) and Arkansas (6-3) on Saturday.
FSU has competed a full schedule so far this season as this will be their 18th meet. The Seminoles have two common opponents with Auburn, both ending with similar results as Florida State beat Alabama, but lost to Florida.
Arkansas has a 6-3 record so far this season and are coming off their first national ranking since the 1991-92 season. The Lady Razorbacks have since fallen out of the rankings, but have done so following losses to perennial national powers Florida and Missouri.
The meet will be the 13th all-time against FSU and the third all-time against Arkansas. Auburn holds the lead in both series, leading the Seminoles 11-1 and the Lady Backs, 2-0. Auburn's only loss to Florida State was a 77-63 loss during the 1983-84 season.
Auburn and FSU met last season with the Tigers taking the 129-112 victory. The last meeting with Arkansas was two seasons ago with Auburn winning, 149-69.