March 28, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas– A pair of Auburn relays and two individuals will compete in finals Friday night at the 2014 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
The Tigers’ time of 1:28.84 was the third-fastest time of the morning, while Michael Duderstadt (100 breast) and John Santeiu (3-meter diving) earned individual berths in consolation finals. Auburn’s 800 freestyle relay team will also compete in the night session, as the seventh seed in the timed final.
Auburn started out Friday’s prelims with a strong performance in the 200 medley relay, picking up the No. 3 seed for the finals with a season-best time of 1:24.84 to finish second in its heat. Joe Patching, Duderstadt, Marcelo Chierighini and Kyle Darmody swam for the Tigers in the morning prelim and will return for Friday night’s final.
Duderstadt continued his run of good performances, taking 14th in the 100 breast prelims to earn a return swim. The freshman will compete in the consolation final for the Tigers after touching in at 52.74, just .07 seconds off his personal best.
In the 100 butterfly, Arthur Mendes was the top finisher for the Tigers with a time of 46.42 tying for 19th overall, missing a return swim by just .09 seconds. Chierighini was 31st at 47.15.
Zane Grothe finished 21st overall in the 200 freestyle with his season-best time of 1:34.91. The senior will be a key cog in Auburn’s 800 freestyle relay team that competes in the timed final Friday night.
Darmody was Auburn’s top performer in the morning session in the 100 back. The freshman’s 46.36 tied for 15th to force a three-way swimoff at the conclusion of prelims to decide the last two spots in the B-final. Darmody finished third in the swimoff at 46.90 and will be the first alternate in the 100 back.
Fellow freshman Joe Patching posted the eighth-best time in school history at 46.53 to finish 22nd overall in the 100 back, while senior James Disney-May swam a 46.71 to tie for 24th overall.
In the 3-meter diving prelims, John Santeiu took ninth with a score of 382.50. The senior just missed making the championship final by .45 points, but will dive in the consolation final on the 3-meter board Friday afternoon. Junior Fraser McKean’s six-dive list scored 307.10, which finished 31st overall.
Finals begin Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Fans can watch on WatchESPN/ESPN3 or follow along with live results here.
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Auburn Swimming & Diving Results
NCAA Men’s Championships – Day 2 Prelims
March 28, 2014
Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center – Austin, Texas
200 Medley Relay
3. Patching, Duderstadt, Chierighini, Darmody (1:24.84)
19. Arthur Mendes (46.42)
31. Marcelo Chierighini (47.15)
21. Zane Grothe (1:34.91)
14. Michael Duderstadt (52.74)
17. Kyle Darmody (46.36/46.90)
22. Joe Patching (46.53)
24. James Disney-May (46.71)
9. John Santeiu IV (382.50)
31. Fraser McKean (307.10)