Auburn Swimmers & Divers Ready for SEC Championships
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<B>Auburn's men seek their 17th consecutive SEC swimming & diving title.</b>

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
Auburn's men seek their 17th consecutive SEC swimming & diving title.
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

Feb. 17, 2013

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2013 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships | Feb. 19-23
Student Rec Center | College Station, Texas

TV: ESPN3.com (Friday/Saturday Finals)/ESPNU (Tape Delay - March 4)
Live Results - Swimming | Live Results-Diving | Live Video
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AUBURN - An extra day, a new format and two new opponents await the Auburn Tigers and the rest of the Southeastern Conference as the 2013 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships begin Tuesday in College Station, Texas.

The Tigers will be part of 10 men's teams and 12 women's teams competing Tuesday-Saturday at the Texas A&M Student Rec Center Natatorium. Prelims begin each day Wednesday-Saturday at 10 a.m. with finals beginning at 6 p.m. each night. Wednesday's diving prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals get underway at 5:30 p.m.

Live results for swimming will be available through AggieAthletics.com and live diving results are available at Divemeets.com. AggieAthletics.com will also provide live video for most sessions of the meet; ESPN3.com will have live coverage of finals Friday and Saturday night.

Fans can also follow @AuburnSwimming on Twitter throughout the meet for race-by-race updates from the pool.

It will be the first year for the SEC to use a five-day format for the meet, and it will also be the first time for the top 24 finishers in each event to score points toward the team total. This year's meet will also mark the first time since 1992 for the field to be expanded as Texas A&M and Missouri enter both men's and women's teams in this year's meet.

"It's always a crazy atmosphere," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said of the SEC Championships. "It's one of those meets you remember for the rest of your life. It's almost bigger than the Olympics because you've got so many people on the pool deck, you've got teams that are fierce rivals. And then you add two new teams in Missouri and Texas A&M; it will be interesting to see how it plays out."

Auburn's men seek their 17th consecutive Southeastern Conference title and 19th in the last 20 years, dating to 1994. The last three SEC Championships have produced three of the closest meets in league history with the Florida Gators coming within 30 points or less each time.

"It's crazy to think that the streak has been going on that long," Hawke said. "A lot has happened over that time. I know Florida really wants to break it. They've got a strong team this year, and it will be a very fierce contest again this year. It's definitely going to come down to the last day again. It's going to be a very tight race, and we're hopeful that our guys can get over the line again."

The Auburn women will look to capitalize on a strong regular season that saw the Tigers post an undefeated 7-0 record in dual meets. Auburn will also look to improve on a fourth-place finish at last year's SEC meet but will face some tough competition along the way.

"I'm feeling very good about our women's team," Hawke said. "They're very balanced and have great leadership. And they have done so well all year competing, so I'm very optimistic about how they're going to do. Quite honestly, the top five teams in the SEC could finish in the top 10 in the nation. It's a very tight race, and it's going to come to the last day. It's going to come down to depth and racing and who shows up on that given day."

AUBURN'S MEN IN THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Auburn has won 16 consecutive SEC titles and 18 of the last 19 overall (runner-up in 1996). The Tigers have captured 149 individual SEC titles and 73 relay titles in their history. In addition to their 16 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 16 in the 50 free
• 13 of the last 16 in the 100 free (9 straight)
• Six of the last eight in the 100 back
• Three out of the last five in the 100 breast
• 10 of the last 12 in platform diving
• 10 straight in the 200 free relay
• Nine out of 10 in the 400 free relay (seven straight)
• Six of the last seven in the 200 medley relay
• 10 of the last 12 in the 400 medley relay

LAST TIME - 2012 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Auburn won its 16th consecutive men's Southeastern Conference Swimming & Diving Championship at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatics Center on the campus of the Universityof Tennessee. The Tigers finished with 730.5 points while Florida was the runner-up with 700 points. Head Coach Brett Hawke was named SEC Men's Coach of the Year for the first time. It marked the 18th title overall for the Auburn men with all 18 coming in the last 19 years. It also marked the 11th consecutive year that Auburn and Florida have finished first and second, respectively, in the conference meet. Auburn's 30-point margin of victory was its largest in the last three years after a 17-point win last year and a 19-point margin at the 2010 meet. Georgia took third place in the men's competition with 521 points, and Tennessee took fourth with 459. The Tigers won all five relays - the first time to accomplish that feat since 2009 - and earned three individual titles with junior Kyle Owens winning the 100 and 200 backstroke and sophomore Marcelo Chierighini taking the title in the 100 freestyle.

AUBURN'S WOMEN IN THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Auburn's women have recorded five SEC Championships in the last 10 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. In addition, Auburn has won at least one individual or relay title at every SEC meet for the last 21 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 13 400 IM titles
• Five out of the last seven 400 medley relay titles
• Five out of the last six 400 freestyle relay titles

LAST TIME - 2012 SEC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS
Auburn's women finished in fourth place at the 2012 SEC Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., posting a total of 509.5 points in the meet. Georgia won its third straight title with 781 points while host Tennessee was second - their best finish since 1990 - with 629.5. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace was again the Tigers' star of the week, winning the 50 freestyle in 21.35 and setting a new NCAA record in the 100 free with a time of 46.61 on the leadoff leg of the 400 free relay, shaving a full .20 seconds off her own NCAA mark. She also became the first woman in history to break the 21-second barrier, splitting a 20.80 on the final leg of the meet-opening 200 medley relay. Not to be missed was her third-place finish in the 100 butterfly where she reclaimed the Auburn record with a preliminary time of 51.52. Vanderpool-Wallace also helped the Tigers to two relay wins as the team of herself, Hannah Riordan, Emily Bos and Haley Krakoski took the 200 free relay title with a 1:28.32. The meet closed out with Vanderpool-Wallace, Riordan, Megan Fonteno and Krakoski claiming the gold medal in the 400 freestyle relay, stopping the clock in 3:12.85. Senior diver Vennie Dantin provided several highlights as well, winning her second career SEC title with a new Auburn record score of 332.40 in the 1-meter event. She would also provide big scoring help to the Tigers on the other two boards, claiming runner-up honors on both 3-meter and platform. Junior Katie Gardocki turned in two outstanding performances in the distance events, posting a time of 16:06.14 to earn third place in the 1650 free and her first individual SEC medal. She also won the consolation final in the 500 free wtih a 4:40.23. Olivia Scott also climbed the SEC medal stand with a runner-up finish in the 100 butterfly.

2013 SEC Championships - Order of Events

Tuesday, Feb. 19
11 a.m. - Diving Prelims (Men's 1M, Women's 3M)
5:30 pm. - Day One Finals
--Men's 1-meter diving
--200 Medley Relay
--Women's 3-meter diving
--800 Freestyle Relay

Wednesday, Feb. 20
10 a.m. - Swimming Prelims
--500 Freestyle
--200 Individual Medley
--50 Freestyle
1 p.m. - Women's 1-Meter Diving Prelims
6 p.m. - Day Two Finals
--500 Freestyle
--200 Individual Medley
--50 Freestyle
--Women's 1-meter Diving
--200 Freestyle Relay

Thursday, Feb. 21
10 a.m. - Swimming Prelims
--400 Individual Medley
--100 Butterfly
--200 Freestyle
1 p.m. - Men's 3-Meter Diving Prelims
6 p.m. - Day Three Finals
--400 Individual Medley
--100 Butterfly
--Men's 3-Meter Diving
--200 Freestyle

Friday, Feb. 22
10 a.m. - Swimming Prelims
--200 Butterfly
--100 Backstroke
--100 Breaststroke
1 p.m. - Women's Platform Diving Prelims
6 p.m. - Day Four Finals
--200 Butterfly
--100 Backstroke
--100 Breaststroke
--Women's Platform Diving
--400 Medley Relay

Saturday, Feb. 23
10 a.m. - Swimming Prelims
--100 Freestyle
--200 Backstroke
--200 Breaststroke
1 p.m. - Men's Platform Diving Prelims
3 p.m. (approx.) 1650 Freestyle (all but fastest heat)
6 p.m. - Day Five Finals
--1650 Freestyle (fastest heat)
--100 Freestyle
--200 Backstroke
--200 Breaststroke
--Men's Platform Diving
--400 Freestyle Relay