Tigers Set for SEC Swimming & Diving Championships
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<B>Max Murphy</b>

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
Max Murphy
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

Feb. 14, 2012


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2012 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships | Wed., Feb. 15-Sat., Feb. 18 CT
Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatics Center | Knoxville, Tenn.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Auburn's men seek their 16th consecutive Southeastern Conference title, and the Tiger women look for their best performance of the year as the 2012 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships begin Wednesday. The meet runs through Saturday at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center at the University of Tennessee.

"The men are on 15 in a row, looking for 16, and the women are looking to get into the top two in the SEC," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. "They're shaping up well. They've been putting in some great hours of training and mental preparation, so I think we're ready."

Preliminaries begin each day (except Wednesday) at 9 a.m. CT with finals to follow at 5 p.m. CT. Diving preliminaries will take place between sessions each day. AuburnTigers.com will provide a live blog during each session, and live results will be available through UTSports.com. Live diving results will be available through divemeets.com.

Fans can also follow the Tigers on Facebook (facebook.com/AuburnSwimming) or Twitter (@AuburnSwimming) for updates throughout the week.

In addition, ESPNU will be on site Friday and Saturday for the finals sessions in those days' events. Both the men's and women's championships will air on a tape-delayed basis. The men's championship will air at 4 p.m. CT on Monday, Feb. 27, while the women's championship is set for a 4 p.m. CT broadcast on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

AUBURN'S MEN IN THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP
Auburn has won 15 consecutive SEC titles and 17 of the last 18 overall. The last time Auburn did not win the SEC title came in 1996 when host Tennessee captured the crown at the old Student Aquatic Center. The Tigers have captured 146 individual SEC titles and 68 relay titles in their history. In addition to their 15 consecutive team titles, Auburn's men will look to keep several other streaks alive at this year's SEC Championships. Auburn has won:
• 13 of the last 15 in the 50 free
• 12 of the last 15 in the 100 free
• Five of the last seven in t>he 100 back
• Three out of the last four in the 100 breast
• 10 of the last 11 in platform diving
• Nine straight in the 200 free relay
• Eight out of nine in the 400 free relay
• Five of the last six in the 200 medley relay
• Nine of the last 11 in the 400 medley relay

LAST TIME - 2011 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Auburn captured its 15th consecutive SEC title but by the narrowest margin in that stretch, outlasting the host Florida Gators at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium. The Tigers finished with 799 points while Florida had 782. It was the 10th year in a row that Auburn and Florida finished 1-2. The Tigers had a 90-point lead after the diving portion of the meet concluded as Auburn scored 136 points while the Gators had 49. Auburn would need every bit of that cushion as the Gators made a hard push during the swimming championship. Dan Mazzaferro took gold in both the 3-meter and platform events to give Auburn the early lead while freshman John Santeiu was second on the platform and third in the 3-meter event. In all, Auburn won five individual titles and two relays during the meet. Adam Brown captured gold in the 50 and 100 freestyle, clocking a 19.05 in the 50 to lead a sweep of the top two spots along with Karl Krug (19.37), and he posted a 41.92 in the 100 free to earn another win. It was Auburn's ninth consecutive SEC title in the 50 free and eighth straight in the 100 free. Stuart Ferguson captured Auburn's third 100 breaststroke title in four years with a 53.01 in the final. Other Tigers on the medal stand included runners-up Krug (50 free), Kyle Owens (200 back) and third-place finishers Krug (100 free), Max Murphy (200 back), Owens (200 IM) and Mazzaferro (1M). The 200 and 400 free relay teams captured titles, while the 200 and 400 MR teams took second and the 800 FR team was third.

AUBURN'S WOMEN IN THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Auburn's women have recorded five SEC Championships in the last nine years, winning the title in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. The Tigers have finished first or second a total of 16 times since the championship began in 1981, and Auburn has fi nished third or better in every SEC Championship since 1992. In addition, Auburn has won at least one individual or relay title at every SEC meet for the last 20 years. The Tigers will look to continue several streaks at this year's SEC Championships. Over the last few championships, Auburn's women have won:
• 10 of the last 12 400 IM titles
• Five out of the last six 400 medley relay titles
• Four out of the last five 400 freestyle relay titles

LAST TIME - 2011 SEC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS
Auburn's women finished in third place at the 2011 SEC Championships in Gainesville, Fla., posting a total of 563 points in the meet. Georgia won its second straight title with 720 points while Florida was second with 678. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace was the star of the week for the Tigers, winning the 50 and 100 freestyle titles and setting SEC records in both events. In addition, her time of 46.81 seconds in the 100 freestyle (both prelims and finals) set a new SEC, NCAA and U.S. Open record in the event as she became just the second woman in history to break 47 seconds in the race (the other is Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin). She also finished second in the 100 butterfly. Vanderpool-Wallace was also part of three winning relay teams as the 200 and 400 free relay and the 200 medley relay captured SEC titles with NCAA automatic qualifying times. The 200 medley relay victory set a new SEC Championship record. Vennie Dantin and Anna Aguero combined for five medals in the diving events as Dantin took third on the 1-meter and platform and runner-up in the 3-meter event. Aguero was runner-up on platform, third on the 3-meter and fifth in the 1-meter. In total, the two Auburn divers accounted for 96 points. Two other Tigers ascended the medal stand. Emily Bos finished third in the 100 backstroke, and Micah Lawrence was the runner-up in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke.

ORDER OF EVENTS
Wednesday, Feb. 15
9 a.m. - Time Trials
11:30 a.m. - Diving Prelims (Women's 1M, Men's 3M)
5 p.m. - Finals
• Women's 1M Diving
• 200 Medley Relay
• Men's 3M Diving
• 800 Freestyle Relay

Thursday, Feb. 16
9 a.m. - Prelims
• 500 Freestyle
• 200 Individual Medley
• 50 Freestyle
11:30 a.m. - Diving Prelims (Women's 3M, Men's 1M)
4:30 p.m. - Finals
• Men's 1M Diving
• 500 Freestyle
• 200 Individual Medley
• 50 Freestyle
• Women's 3M Diving
• 200 Freestyle Relay

Friday, Feb. 17
9 a.m. - Prelims
• 400 Individual Medley
• 100 Butterfly
• 200 Freestyle
• 100 Breaststroke
• 100 Backstroke
11:30 a.m. - Diving Prelims (Men's Platform)
5 p.m. - Finals
• 400 Individual Medley
• 100 Butterfly
• 200 Freestyle
• 100 Breaststroke
• 100 Backstroke
• Men's Platform Diving
• 400 Medley Relay

Saturday, Feb. 18
9 a.m. - Prelims
• 200 Backstroke
• 100 Freestyle
• 200 Breaststroke
• 200 Butterfly
• 1650 Freestyle (all but fastest heats)
11:30 a.m. - Diving Prelims (Women's Platform)
5 p.m. - Finals
• 1650 Freestyle (fastest heats)
• 200 Backstroke
• 100 Freestyle
• 200 Breaststroke
• 200 Butterfly
• Women's Platform Diving
• 400 Freestyle Relay