March 7, 2013
AUBURN - Auburn will send a total of 14 swimmers to the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships in Indianapolis later this month as the NCAA released the official psych sheet Wednesday.
Ten Tiger swimmers earned invitations to the meet in individual events, and Auburn will also send four relay alternates to Indianapolis. The meet runs March 21-23 at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus. At least 281 swimmers, including 74 from the SEC, will compete in the three-day meet.
Three Auburn swimmers earned their way in with NCAA automatic qualifying times. Leading the way was junior Olivia Scott, who owns the nation's sixth-fastest time in the 100-yard butterfly with a 51.75. Scott will also compete in the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley.
Senior Micah Lawrence had an A-cut time in the 200 breaststroke, with her school-record time of 2:08.23 ranking as the 11th-fastest time in the country this year. Lawrence was also invited in the 100 breast with a 59.69, the 15th-fastest time in the country, and she is also entered in the 200 IM.
Another senior, Lindsey Norberg, makes her return to the NCAA Championships after posting the second-fastest time in school history in the 100 breast with a 59.47 at last month's SEC Championships. Norberg is also entered in the 100 fly. Lauren Norberg will join her twin sister at the NCAA meet, competing in the 100 and 200 breast.
Senior Katie Gardocki is ranked ninth in the country in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a career-best time of 16:01.86 at the SEC Championships, earning an invite to her final NCAA meet. Gardocki was also invited in the 500 free, where she is ranked 14th nationally with a 4:38.75, and she will also swim the 200 free. Hannah Riordan will be the fifth Auburn senior in the meet, earning invitations in both the 50 free (22.45) and 100 free (48.88). She will also swim the 100 back.
Junior Emily Bos earned her third invitation to the NCAA Championships with the nation's 16th-ranked time in the 100 backstroke (52.52). Bos was also invited in the 100 free with a 48.96, and she will swim the 50 free as well. Junior Aubrey Peacock will make her first NCAA appearance for Auburn and third overall, earning an invitation with the nation's 27th-best time in the 200 back (1:54.18). Peacock will also be entered in the 50 free and 100 back.
Freshman Jillian Vitarius will make her NCAA debut in both backstroke events. Her time of 1:53.68 has her seeded 19th in the 200 back, and she has the 21st-ranked time in the 100 back with a 52.74. And sophomore Abby Duncan makes a return trip to the NCAA meet with the nation's 18th-best time in the 100 breast (59.90); she will also swim the 200 breast.
Auburn also has all five relays qualified with NCAA automatic qualifying standards. Under the new NCAA selection procedure, relays are not taken into account when inviting individuals to the meet. Teams that earn at least one individual invitation can enter in any relay event for which they have a qualifying time. The Tigers will bring senior Becca Jones, junior Haley Krakoski, sophomore Megan Fonteno and freshman Alex Merritt as relay alternates.
Divers will be added to the roster after the NCAA Zone Diving meets, which take place next week. Auburn will compete at the Zone B meet, which runs March 11-13 in Knoxville, Tenn. A total of 10 divers from Zone B will qualify for the championships.
The men's NCAA Championships invitations will be announced Wednesday, March 13.
Auburn Swimmers Invited to NCAA Women's Championships
Emily Bos - 100 back, 50 free, 100 free
Abby Duncan - 100 breast, 200 breast
Katie Gardocki - 1650 free, 500 free, 200 free
Micah Lawrence - 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM
Lauren Norberg - 100 breast, 200 breast
Lindsey Norberg - 100 breast, 100 free
Aubrey Peacock - 200 back, 50 free, 100 free
Hannah Riordan - 50 free, 100 free, 100 back
Olivia Scott - 100 fly, 50 free, 100 back
Jillian Vitarius - 100 back, 200 back