Swimming And Diving Announces 2009-10 Schedule
Sept. 4, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn swimming and diving team announced its 2009-10 schedule Friday. The schedule features eight dual meets and concludes with the 2010 NCAA Championships.
The men look to defend their SEC and NCAA titles, while the women hope to place themselves back on top both in the conference and nation.
"It is always hard to defend a title, but I feel that we have had great success of doing that in the past even though there are no guarantees," Brett Hawke, head swimming coach, said. "The schedule will help us see where we are as a team and prepare us for the end of the season."
After competing in a pair of intrasquad meets in September, the Tigers open the regular season with a SEC dual meet at LSU on Oct. 23 and also host the War Eagle Invitational, Oct. 23-25.
November is highlighted by a pair of SEC meets, beginning with the squads' All-Auburn All-Orange meet against rival Alabama, Nov. 12 at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center. Auburn follows with a home meet with conference rival Georgia, Nov. 20.
"The Alabama meet is always a strong meet," Hawke said. "With Georgia the following week, we will have two big SEC duals that week that will really test us."
The diving squad closes out the month, traveling to Atlanta for the Georgia Tech Diving Invitational, Nov. 20-22.
December opens with a major mid-season test for the team in the Texas Invitational, Dec. 3-5. Tiger diving takes part in a pair of invites during the month as well, traveling to the Georgia Diving Invitational, Dec. 3-5, followed by the Alabama Diving Invitational, Dec. 17-19.
Auburn returns from Holiday break by sending the divers to the Bulldog Diving Invitational in Athens, Ga., Jan. 3-5. The squad gets back to the dual season, traveling to Texas for a trio of duals at the beginning of the month. The Tigers takes on Texas, Jan. 7, in Austin and then go to College Station for a tri-meet with Texas A&M and Southern Methodist on Jan. 9.
"The Texas meet is our biggest dual meet of the season for both the men and the women," Hawke said. "Texas always produces a Top 10 team and that will be a true test for us."
The Tigers take a couple weeks off before heading to Gainesville, Fla., for the final SEC dual of the season against Florida on Jan. 22. Auburn returns home the following weekend to host the Ralph Crocker Invitational, Jan. 29-31.
The final dual meet of the season takes place Feb. 6 when the Tigers host Emory at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center.
Championship season starts Feb. 17-20 with the Southeastern Conference Championships held in Athens, Ga. The women will then travel to West Lafayette, Ind., for the NCAA Championships, March 18-20, while the men will look to defend their title, March 25-27, in Columbus, Ohio.
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