March 30, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Auburn will have five scoring opportunities on the final night of the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships after a strong preliminaries session Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium.
Junior Marcelo Chierighini advanced to the championship final in the 100 freestyle with a time of 42.42, the third-fastest in the morning session. He took out his first 50 yards in a relatively easy 20.76, but had the second-best back-half split in the entire field with a 21.66 over his final 50 yards to come from behind and win his heat.
Fellow junior James Disney-May will get a return swim as well as he advanced to the consolation final with a personal-best time of 43.02, lowering his career-best mark by .36 seconds. It will be Disney-May's first finals appearance in the 100 free at the NCAA Championships.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Disney-May, Owens, TJ Leon and Chierighini will give Auburn one final scoring opportunity as they secured the third-best time of the morning, posting a 2:50.94 to win their heat. Owens and Chierighini provided splits of 41.98 and 41.87 as Auburn was the only team in the field to have two swimmers with legs under the 42-second mark.
Junior diver John Santeiu advanced to his third consolation final in as many days, earning a 15th-place finish in platform diving with a preliminary score of 321.85. Santeiu was outside the top-16 heading into the last round, but scored 72.00 points on his final dive to earn a spot in the consolation.
Owens and Stuart Ferguson wrapped up stellar individual Auburn careers Saturday morning with swims in the 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke, respectively. Owens clocked a 1:45.02 in the 200 back, finishing 39th overall, and Ferguson posted a 2:00.73 in his heat of the 200 breast to finish 38th overall. Freshman Arthur Mendes also competed in the 200 butterfly, posting a 39th-place time of 1:47.43.
Junior Zane Grothe will swim in the final heat of the 1,650-yard freestyle to lead off the Saturday finals session, and Chierighini, Disney-May, and the 400 free relay will wrap up the meet for the Tigers. Finals get underway at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) with a live broadcast on ESPN3.com. Fans can also follow @AuburnSwimming on Twitter for the latest updates.
Auburn Swimming & Diving
2013 NCAA Men's Championships - Day 3 Prelims
March 30, 2013
IUPUI Natatorium - Indianapolis, Ind.
39. Kyle Owens (1:45.02)
38. Stuart Ferguson (2:00.73)
39. Arthur Mendes (1:47.43)
400 Freestyle Relay
3. Disney-May, Owens, Leon, Chierighini (2:50.94) (A-Final)
15. John Santeiu (321.85) (B-Final)