Sep 9, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn swimming and diving team has gotten a full week’s worth of practices under its belt already as it prepares for its first meet of the fall semester. The women open at Vanderbilt on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m., while the men will have their first competition alongside the women at the Notre Dame Tri-Meet starting on Oct. 11.
“It’s an exciting time,” head coach Brett Hawke said. “Seeing new faces and getting the old faces back as well and thinking about the new season. Once they’re all on the deck and in their suits, it’s like home again. We’re ready to get this thing rolling.”
Combined in both the men’s and women’s teams, 10 All-Americans from a year ago will be returning to the pool in the orange and blue, including NCAA 100 fly champion, Olivia Scott and SEC 1,650 free champion, Zane Grothe.
Along with Scott and Grothe will be a strong senior class made up of multiple NCAA and SEC champions across all events that Hawke believes will provide the leadership he needs for the 16 newcomers that will be completing the roster this year.
“I like the senior leadership we have for this year,” Hawke said. “You never know how the new faces are going to perform, so it’s good that they are able to come in, see how we do things. Right now, we’re just trying to build on the ‘team’ aspect of things, get everyone on the same page and keep moving forward for the next few months.”
The Auburn swimming and diving team will be on the road for its first four contests, traveling to Charlotte, N.C. for a dual against Queens University after the women’s opener at Vanderbilt and the Notre Dame Tri-Meet. The men only will then travel to Baton Rouge, La. to take on LSU for their conference opener before coming home to host the combined Auburn Invitational in the James E. Martin Aquatic Center Nov. 22-24.
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