Auburn Set to Host NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
March 13, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn will play host to the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships for the second time in the last 10 years as the national championship meet runs Thursday-Saturday at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on the Auburn campus.
Preliminaries begin each day at 11 a.m. and finals will start each evening at 7 p.m. A total of 324 swimmers and divers from 71 schools will compete in the three-day meet.
TICKETS AND PARKING
Parking will be free for spectators and available in any of the campus lots near the Aquatic Center. Fans are encouraged to park in the East Coliseum lot.
TV, LIVE VIDEO AND LIVE RESULTS
Live results for the swimming portion of the meet will be available through NCAA.com, and live results for diving can be found at DiveMeets.com. In addition, fans can follow @AuburnSwimming on Twitter for updates throughout the week.
A complete schedule of events can be found at the end of this release.
ABOUT THE TIGERS
Auburn's 13 competitors in the meet consist of nine Tigers making a return trip to the national meet and three freshmen and one sophomore making their first NCAA appearances.
A LOOK AT AUBURN'S SWIMMERS
Senior Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace will leave Auburn after this week's championships as one of the most decorated swimmers in Tiger history. The NCAA record-holder in the 100 freestyle (46.61), she enters as the defending NCAA Champion in both the 50 free and 100 free and with an eye on rewriting the record books. She'll also be a medal contender in the 100 fly and an integral part of four Auburn relays that could contend for national titles. Vanderpool-Wallace is an 18-time All-American and could finish with 25 honors after this week's meet, which would rank her second in Auburn history.
She'll have some help in the sprints and relays from junior Hannah Riordan and sophomores Olivia Scott, Haley Krakoski and Emily Bos. Riordan looks to improve on a 28th-place finish in the 50 and a 20th-place showing in the 100 at last year's NCAAs, while Krakoski makes her first appearance at the championship meet.
Scott enters as one of the nation's top competitors in the 100 butterfly with a season-best time of 51.86. She took sixth place at last year's NCAA meet with a 52.29 and enters as the No. 5 seed in the event. She will also enter both sprints, looking to improve on her finishes from last year's meet, and she'll swim the butterfly leg on both medley relays.
Bos earned All-America honors in the 100 backstroke last year and comes into this week's meet with an eye on another. She'll also be an integral part of both medley relays and the 200 and 400 free relays.
Junior Katie Gardocki could provide a major boost to the Auburn score in the distance events. She finished 13th in the 1650 freestyle last year, and figures to be in the mix to score in both that event and the 500. She will also swim on the 800 freestyle relay team, as well as the 200 freestyle. Gardocki was the bronze medalist in the mile at the SEC Championships last month.
Another junior, Lauren Norberg, makes her third NCAA appearance as the Tigers' breaststroke specialist. She'll be part of both medley relays and also swim the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. A fourth junior, Becca Jones, will be part of the 800 free relay team and look to contrtibute to the scoring in the 200 free.
Three freshmen - Abby Duncan, Megan Fonteno and Sarah Peterson - make their first NCAA appearances. Duncan will swim the breaststroke events, Fonteno will enter the sprints and the 400 and 800 free relays, and Peterson will look to contribute in the IM events.
DIVING RIGHT IN
Dantin has two SEC titles to her credit, a win on the 3-meter board at the 2010 championships, and has earned four other medals with three runner-up finishes and a third-place showing in her three previous conference meets. Dantin was a force for the Tigers during the dual-meet season, winning 15 times in 22 events and earning five nods as SEC Diver of the Week.
Aguero, meanwhile, seeks to add to her collection of two All-America honors. She has one win on the year, taking the top spot on 1-meter at the Georgia Diving Invitational, and she qualified for the NCAA meet by finishing third in the 1-meter event at the NCAA Zone meet last week.
Coach Jeff Shaffer, in his 13th season, has coached three Auburn women's divers to an SEC title, but is still looking for his first NCAA women's champion.
A LOOK BACK: 2011 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cal won the meet with 424 points followed by Georgia in second with 394.5. USC (351), Stanford (272), Arizona (266), Texas (232), Florida (226), Auburn (202), Minnesota (192) and Texas A&M (182) round out the top 10.
Then-junior Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace captured the 50- and 100-yard freestyle championships, the first in Auburn history in both events. Auburn garnered a total of 26 All-America honors during the meet, led by Vanderpool-Wallace with six. Vennie Dantin advanced to finals in two of three diving events as well.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, March 15
Friday, March 16
Saturday, March 17
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