Auburn Earns 11 Selections to NCAA Women's Championships
Feb. 29, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn will have 11 swimmers competing when the Tigers play host to the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships in two weeks as the NCAA released the official psych sheet Wednesday.
The meet runs March 15-17 at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on the Auburn campus. A total of 281 swimmers will compete in the three-day meet.
"I'm really happy with the way it turned out," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. "We got 11 swimmers in, which is the most we've had in a few years. All the girls that we wanted made the cut line, so we're just really excited with the potential to score points and to have a strong presence on the deck. It's important to have that visual presence on the deck, especially with the meet in our home pool. I'm looking forward to the Zone meet now; I hope we can get a diver or two in the meet as well."
Senior Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace leads the list of Auburn selections, earning invites in the maximum seven events as she attempts to add to her already impressive collection of 18 All-America honors. The Nassau, Bahamas, native is the top seed with the nation's top times this year in the 50-yard freestyle (21.35) and 100-yard freestyle (46.61). She is the defending NCAA champion in both events and the NCAA record-holder in the 100 free. Vanderpool-Wallace also earned an invitation in the 100 butterfly with the nation's second-fastest time (51.52). In addition, she will swim on four of five relay entries for the Tigers.
Katie Gardocki, one of four juniors in the meet for the Tigers, earned invites in a pair of individual events. She is the No. 10 overall seed in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:06.14, and the Suffield, Conn., native is seeded 16th in the 500 free with a 4:40.23. Gardocki will also enter the 200 free with a 1:46.77.
Hannah Riordan was among the invited participants in the 50 free with a time of 22.42. The Cornwall, Ontario, native is also entered in the 100 free (49.47) and 100 back (54.53). Riordan will also be part of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay squads.
Becca Jones, a junior from Virginia Beach, Va., was invited to the meet in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:46.31, and she will also swim the 100 free with a B-cut time of 49.93. Jones is also part of the Tigers' 800 freestyle relay team.
Fellow junior Lauren Norberg earned an entry in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.37; she is also part of the Tigers' 200 and 400 medley relay squads. Norberg, a native of Ithaca, N.Y., is also entered in the 200 breast with a 2:13.51.
Sophomore Olivia Scott will enter her second NCAA Championships as the No. 5 seed in the 100 butterfly, posting a top time of 51.86 that stood as the Auburn record from December until the SEC Championships. The Aurora, Ill., native also owns B-cut times in the 50 free (22.83) and 100 free (49.22), and earned invites as part of the 200 and 400 medley relays and the 800 freestyle relay squads.
Emily Bos will make her second NCAA appearance. The sophomore from Holland, Mich., earned an invite in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.88, and she is also qualified to swim the 200 back (1:56.12) and 50 free (22.70). Bos is also part of the 200- and 400-yard medley relay squads that earned invites.
Sophomore Haley Krakoski, a native of Paradise Valley, Ariz., earned her first invite to the NCAA Championships as part of the Tigers' 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay squads. She will also swim the 50 free (22.93), 100 free (49.53) and 200 free (1:47.81) with B-cut times in all three events.
Three Auburn freshmen will make their NCAA Championship debuts as well. Megan Fonteno, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., earned entry into the meet as part of the 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams. She will also swim the 50 free (22.93), 100 free (49.62) and 100 fly (54.35) with B-cut times in each.
Abby Duncan (Champlin, Minn.) earned an invite in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.70; she will also swim the 200 breast with a B-cut time of 2:14.47. And Sarah Peterson (Friendswood, Texas) will round out the Tigers' NCAA squad with an invite in the 400 individual medley (4:10.59). Peterson is also entered with B-cut times in the 200 breast (2:12.37) and 200 IM (1:59.76).
The Tigers have the No. 2 seed in the 200 freestyle relay (1:28.32) and are seeded third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:12.85). Auburn is also seeded third in the 200 medley relay (1:36.47).
The remainder of the NCAA Championship field will be filled after the NCAA Zone Diving meets. Auburn's divers will host the NCAA Zone B Diving meet March 5-7 at the Martin Aquatics Center, and the other four Zone sites will compete later in the week.
Auburn Swimmers Invited to NCAA Women's Championships
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