March 29, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas – Auburn’s men put together strong performances during the final day of prelims at the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Seven individuals will compete in finals Saturday night, while the Tigers’ 400 freestyle relay team swam the fastest time of the morning.
Auburn’s biggest contingent of finalists is in the 100 freestyle with three Tigers swimming Saturday night. Marcelo Chierighini’s 41.52 was the top time of the morning and he will be top seed in the championship final. The time by Chierighini is just .06 off his personal best from the SEC Championships of 41.46.
Freshman Kyle Darmody also will swim in the championship final, finishing eighth overall in the prelim at 42.40. Senior James Disney-May set a personal best with a time of 42.50 in the 100 free to pick up a return swim in the consolation final, tying for 13th overall.
Auburn closed out the prelim session with the top time of the day in the 400 freestyle relay at 2:50.00. The team of Disney-May, Alex Hancock, Darmody and Chierighini won the final heat in the prelims and will be the top seed Saturday night in Auburn’s last scoring opportunity of the meet. Darmody and Chierighini provided the Tigers with splits of 41.97 and 41.29, two of just three swimmers to go under 42 seconds during the morning session.
Freshman Joe Patching swam the sixth-best time in Auburn history in the 200 back during Saturday’s prelims, touching the wall at 1:40.82 to finish fifth in his heat, in what was the fastest in prelim of the morning session. Patching earned his first return swim of the week, tying for 11th overall Saturday morning.
Senior John Santeiu IV earned his third straight trip to the consolation final this time on the platform, narrowly missing the championship final by 2.7 points to finish at 379.30. Junior Fraser McKean overcame a slow start with a pair of strong dives to finish his list at 329.45, earning a spot in the B-final to take 15th in the prelims.
Arthur Mendes picked up the final spot in the 200 butterfly finals as his time of 1:43.45 was good enough for 16th overall. The sophomore will make his first appearance in an NCAA final as individual.
Michael Duderstadt also swam for the Tigers in the 200 breast, finishing 32nd overall with a time of 1:57.03. The freshman ends his first NCAA meet with a pair of All-American honors in the 200 medley relay and 100 breast.
Senior Zane Grothe will swim in the 1,650 freestyle timed finals later in the afternoon for the Tigers.
Auburn Swimming & Diving Results
NCAA Men’s Championships – Day 3 Prelims
March 29, 2014
Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center – Austin, Texas
11. Joe Patching (1:40.82) (PR)
32. Michael Duderstadt (1:57.03)
16. Arthur Mendes (1:43.45)
400 Freestyle Relay
1. Disney-May, Hancock, Darmody, Disney-May (2:50.00)