NCAA Men's Championships: Day 1 Prelims

March 27, 2014

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AUSTIN, Texas – The Auburn men’s swimming and diving team will have four individuals and its 200 freestyle relay team competing in Thursday night’s finals after day one of prelims at the 2014 NCAA Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Marcelo Chierighini, James Disney-May, TJ Leon and Kyle Darmody gave the Tigers a chance to defend their 2013 title in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:16.38. Auburn will be the No. 3 seed heading into Thursday night’s final.

Senior Zane Grothe turned in his season best in the 500 freestyle prelims, posting a time of 4:15.12 to win his heat and earning a return swim. Grothe will compete in the B-final after finishing 12th overall in the 500 free during day one’s prelims.

In the 50 freestyle, Chierighini took 11th overall, missing the championship final by a tenth of a second, finishing at 19.21. Disney-May took 29th overall in the morning session with a time of 19.65, Kyle Darmody was 35th at 19.73 and Mendes set a personal record at 19.77, finishing 39th overall.

Joe Patching set a personal best in the 200 IM, taking 18th and the second alternate spot for tonight’ finals at 1:43.94. The swim by the freshman ranks as the fourth-best time in school history in the 200 IM. Michael Duderstadt also set a personal record with a time of 1:46.34 to finish 43rd overall.

Auburn appeared to have closed the first session out on a strong note, finishing second in its heat in the 400 medley relay, but after a video review, the Tigers were disqualified with an early takeoff during the third leg. In the event, six teams were disqualified including Arizona and North Carolina, who swam in the final heat with the Tigers.

In the 1-meter diving prelims, senior John Santeiu IV and junior Fraser McKean both made the consolation final. McKean was the top-finisher for Auburn with a score of 351.60 to take 11th overall, while Santeiu, the SEC Champion in event, finished 15th at 332.15.

Thursday night's finals begin at 7 p..m. in Austin, Texas. The finals will be streamed on TexasSports.com and live results can be found here.

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Auburn Swimming & Diving Results
NCAA Men’s Championships – Day 1 Prelims
March 27, 2014
Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center – Austin, Texas

200 Freestyle Relay
3. Chierighini, Disney-May, Leon, Darmody (1:16.38)

500 Freestyle
12. Zane Grothe (4:15.12)

200 Individual Medley
18. Joe Patching (1:43.94)
43. Michael Duderstadt (1:46.34)

50 Freestyle
11. Marcelo Chierighini (19.21)
29. James Disney-May (19.65)
35. Kyle Darmody (19.73)
39. Arthur Mendes (19.77) (PR)

400 Medley Relay
DQ. Patching, Duderstadt, Mendes, Chierighni

1-Meter Diving
11. Fraser McKean (351.60)
15. John Santeiu IV (332.15)