Auburn Women's Swimmers Set for NCAA Championships

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
<B>Emily Bos</b>

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
Emily Bos
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

March 19, 2013


Twitter Logo@AuburnSwimming on Twitter | Facebook LogoAuburn Swimming & Diving on Facebook

Auburn NCAA Championship NotesGet Acrobat Reader

INDIANAPOLIS - The Auburn women's swimming & diving team will have 14 swimmers competing this week at the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, which runs Thursday-Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium in downtown Indianapolis. The meet is hosted by IUPUI and the Indiana Sports Commission.

"This is a great venue, a very fast pool," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. "It's one of the fastest pools in the country, and I'm sure there will be some very fast swimming. The great thing is we've got a lot of swimmers in the top 20 in the country, so we've got a great chance to make it back in either the A- or B-final (in most events). Our relays are very strong as well. And then we've got some swimmers that could win some events as well, so depth-wise, we're looking pretty good.

"I think Olivia Scott has a great chance in the 100 butterfly, she was second in this event last year and she's one of the fastest returners. Our Olympian, Micah Lawrence, in the breaststrokes, has a good chance of getting on the podium. But our depth in the breaststrokes is so strong, any one of the four we're taking could really get on the podium there."

Preliminaries begin each day at 11 a.m. ET (10 a.m. CT) with finals slated for a 7 p.m. ET start (6 p.m. CT). ESPN3.com will carry a live broadcast of the finals sessions on Friday and Saturday; details live video for the rest of the meet have not been released.

Live results will be available through NCAA.com. In addition, fans can follow @AuburnSwimming on Twitter for updates throughout the week.

AUBURN'S WOMEN IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Auburn's women have won five NCAA Championships, capturing the title in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007. The Tigers are making their 34th appearance at the NCAA Championships, where on 21 occasions they have finished in the top 10. The Tiger women have claimed 25 individual national championships and seven relay titles in those appearances.

AUBURN'S CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER
A total of 14 swimmers (10 invited; four relay alternates) will represent Auburn at the 2012 NCAA Championships. All 12 upperclassmen are making return trips to the NCAA Championships; 11 of the 12 competed at the 2012 Championships in Auburn.
Seniors (6): Katie Gardocki, Becca Jones, Micah Lawrence, Lauren Norberg, Lindsey Norberg, Hannah Riordan
Juniors (4): Emily Bos, Haley Krakoski, Aubrey Peacock, Olivia Scott
Sophomores (2): Abby Duncan, Megan Fonteno
Freshmen (2): Alex Merritt, Jillian Vitarius

AUBURN'S ALL-AMERICANS
Between the men's and women's programs, Auburn has 2,194 All-Americans in its history. Auburn's men and women will have 18 swimmers and divers with 88 All-America honors among them competing at the NCAA Championships.
WOMEN (51 All-America Honors)
Emily Bos (9)
Abby Duncan (2)
Megan Fonteno (1)
Katie Gardocki (4)
Becca Jones (1)
Haley Krakoski (3)
Micah Lawrence (7)
Lauren Norberg (3)
Lindsey Norberg (2)
Aubrey Peacock (4)
Hannah Riordan (8)
Olivia Scott (7)

A LOOK BACK: 2012 NCAA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS
Senior Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace defended her NCAA title in the 100 freestyle, and the Tigers tied for seventh at the 2012 NCAA Women's Championships in Auburn. Auburn scored 249 points to tie Tennessee for seventh, while California claimed the team title with 412.5. Vanderpool-Wallace posted a pool-record time of 46.88 to outpace UGA's Megan Romano and Arizona's Margo Geer and claim her third individual NCAA title. Twelve Tigers combined for 31 All-America honors and broke six school records during the meet. Then-sophomore Olivia Scott earned a runner-up finish in the 100 butterfly, the 400 freestyle relay team of Hannah Riordan, Scott, Emily Bos and Vanderpool-Wallace took a runner-up finish, and senior diver Vennie Dantin took third in the 1-meter final and fourth in the 3-meter event.

A LOOK AT AUBURN'S SWIMMERS - WOMEN
Sprints

Senior Hannah Riordan and juniors Emily Bos and Aubrey Peacock will give the Tigers three entries in both sprint events. Riordan was a consolation finalist in the 50 free last season, earning her first individual All-America honor with a 22.15 to finish 11th.

Distance Free
Senior Katie Gardocki will carry the load here. Gardocki has scored in the 1650 free each of the last two years, finishing 13th in 2011 and 15th last year. She also set a personal-best with a 16:01 at the SEC Championships last month.

Backstroke
Junior Emily Bos will look for her second All-America honor in the 100 back, and junior Aubrey Peacock will seek her second in the 200 back. Freshman Jillian Vitarius will swim both backstroke events; she was a finalist at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 back. Hannah Riordan will also swim the 100 back as her third event.

Breaststroke
Auburn has one of the deepest breaststroke groups in the country with four under the 1:00 mark in the 100 breast and a 2012 Olympian in the 200 breast. Senior Micah Lawrence is among the favorites in the 200 breast and is the school record-holder in both events. Fellow seniors Lindsey Norberg and Lauren Norberg posted career-bests in the 100 and 200 breast at SECs, respectively, and sophomore Abby Duncan looks to repeat her All-America performance from last season.

Butterfly
Junior Olivia Scott is one of the national favorites in the 100 fly after a runner-up finish at the 2012 NCAAs where she set the Auburn record in the event. She was also a semifinalist in the race at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Scott has been the runner-up the last two years at the SEC Championships as well.

Individual Medley
Micah Lawrence will swim the 200 IM on the first night of the meet as her "third" event. No Tigers are entered in the 400 IM.

SEC POWER
Of the 281 swimmers invited to the NCAA Championships (not including relay alternates), 74 will be representing Southeastern Conference schools. Including divers, the SEC will have 82 of the 320 athletes competing at the meet, or more than one-fourth of the entire championship field. Entries from the SEC are also the top seed in seven of 13 individual swimming events and four of five relay events.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, March 21

11 a.m. -- Prelims
-200 freestyle relay
-500 freestyle
-200 individual medley
-50 freestyle
-400 medley relay
7 p.m. -- Finals
-200 freestyle relay
-500 freestyle
-200 individual medley
-1-meter diving
-400 medley relay

Friday, March 22
11 a.m. -- Prelims
-200 medley relay
-400 individual medley
-100 butterfly
-200 freestyle
-100 breaststroke
-100 backstroke
7 p.m. -- Finals
-200 medley relay
-400 individual medley
-100 butterfly
-200 freestyle
-100 breaststroke
-100 backstroke
-3-meter diving
-800 freestyle relay (timed finals)

Saturday, March 23
11 a.m. -- Prelims
-200 backstroke
-100 freestyle
-200 breaststroke
-200 butterfly
-400 freestyle relay
TBA -- 1650 freestyle (all but fastest heat)
7 p.m. -- Finals
-1650 freestyle (fastest heat)
-200 backstroke
-100 freestyle
-200 breaststroke
-200 butterfly
-Platform diving
-400 freestyle relay