March 5, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – 11 Auburn swimmers will compete at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis later this month as the official psych sheet for the meet was released on Wednesday.
Senior Emily Bos is set to make her fourth appearance at the NCAA Championships with the nation’s 18th-best time in the 100 back at 52.37. Bos also picked up an invite in the 50 free with a time of 22.37, which ranks 35th in the country.
Senior Aubrey Peacock makes her second straight trip to the NCAA meet for Auburn and fourth overall, earning an invitation with the 12th-best time in the country- in the 200 back at 1:53.51. Peacock also added an invite in the 100 back with the nation’s 15th-best time at 52.24, which ranks third in Auburn history.
Junior Sarah Peterson returns to the NCAA Championships and earned an invite 400 individual medley with the nation’s 29th-best time at 4:10.65. The junior will also look to swim in the 200 IM and 200 fly for the Tigers with her ‘B’ cut times.
Sophomore Sarah Reynolds picked up her first career NCAA invites with the 23rd-best time in the country in the 100 back at 52.75 and the 200 back with a time of 1:54.43, which is the 20th-best time in the NCAA . The sophomore also holds ‘B’ cuts in the 200 IM and 200 fly.
Sophomore Jillian Vitarius makes a return trip to the NCAAs and picked up an invite with the 14th-best time in the country in the 200 back at 1:54.00. Vitarius also earned an invite in the 100 back with her time of 52.84 that is 28th-best in the event this season.
Sophomore Alexandria Merritt earned her first NCAA invite with a time of 1:56.26 in the 200 fly, which ranks 28th in the country. The sophomore can also compete in the 100 fly and 200 free with her provisional time standards.
Freshman Allyx Purcell was invited in the 50 free with a time of 22.15 that ranks 16th in the country. Purcell will also swim in the 100 freestyle for the Tigers.
Auburn also will bring all five relays to the NCAA Championships with three holding automatic qualifying times (200 free relay, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay). With the Tigers have at least one ‘A’ cut relay, Auburn can participate in all five relays with the 400 medley relay and 800 free relay holding provisional qualifying times will also swim in Minneapolis. Teams that earn at least one individual invitation can enter any relay in which they have a qualifying time.
The Tigers will also send seniors Hallie Krakoski and Hallie Stupp along with junior Megan Fonteno and freshman Natasha Lloyd as relay alternates. Lloyd will also serve as the fourth alternate in the meet on the individual side as the freshman just missed gaining an invite in the 100 breast with a time of 1:00.80.
Divers will be added to the roster after next week’s NCAA Zone Diving meets. Auburn will compete at the meet, which runs March 10-12, in Greensboro, N.C. as nine divers will qualify for the championships on the women’s side. Juniors Cinzia Calabretta and Shanna Schuelein, along with sophomores Morgan Mullins will dive for Auburn at the three-day meet.
The men’s NCAA Championships invitations will be released on March 12.
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Auburn Swimmers Invited to NCAA Women’s Championships (March 20-22, 2014)
Emily Bos – 50 free, 100 back
Alex Merritt – 200 fly,
Aubrey Peacock – 100 back, 200 back
Sarah Peterson – 400 IM
Allyx Purcell – 50 free
Sarah Reynolds – 100 back, 200 back
Jillian Vitarius – 100 back, 200 back