March 22, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – Auburn put together a strong performance during the final session of prelims at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the University Aquatic Center, earning two individual berths and a relay qualification in Saturday night’s finals.
Sophomore Jillian Vitarius opened the morning with a strong performance in the 200 back, setting a personal record with a time of 1:52.83 to finish sixth overall during Saturday’s prelims. The time by the sophomore now ranks as the third-best time in school history in the 200 back and she is just one of three Auburn swimmers to ever break the sub-1:52 barrier.
Senior Aubrey Peacock picked up a return swim in the 200 back as well, finishing ninth in the morning to earn the top seed in the consolation final at 1:53.05, missing the A-final by .09 seconds. Peacock’s time is the fourth-best swim in school history in the 200 back, making it a career best. Sophomore Sarah Reynolds also finished 33rd overall with at 1:55.74.
In the final event of the morning session, Auburn’s 400 freestyle relay team of Haley Krakoski, Allyx Purcell, Megan Fonteno and Emily Bos posted a time of 3:16.26 to take 11th overall in the prelim. The Tigers will compete in the B-final tonight after picking up a return swim.
Bos also collected another personal record for the second straight day, this time in the 100 free. Bos swam 48.84 to earn a new career best in her last individual event as a Tiger to finish tied for 26th overall, with the ninth-best performance in the event in the Auburn record book.
In the 200 butterfly, sophomore Alexandria Merritt finished 32nd at 1:57.93, while junior Sarah Peterson won the first heat and took 42nd overall with a time of 1:58.83.
Finals begin Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the University Aquatics Center. Fans can watch the finals on ESPN3 and also follow along with live results from the meet. The Tigers will begin the night in the 200 back with Peacock and Vitarius and end Saturday night’s finals with the 400 free relay.
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Auburn Swimming & Diving Results
NCAA Women’s Championships – Day 3 Prelims
March 22, 2014
University Aquatics Center – Minneapolis, Minn.
6. Jillian Vitarius (1:52.83) (A-Final) (PR)
9. Aubrey Peacock (1:53.05) (B-Final) (PR)
33. Sarah Reynolds (1:55.74)
T26. Emily Bos (48.84) (PR)
32. Alexandria Merritt (1:57.93)
42. Sarah Peterson (1:58.83)
400 Freestyle Relay
11. Krakoski, Purcell, Fonteno, Bos (3:16.32) (B-Final)