Oct. 11, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Auburn Swimming and Diving team will have both its men’s and women’s teams as well as the diving team travel to South Bend, Ind. this weekend for the Notre Dame Tri-Meet, one of Auburn’s biggest meets of the year. This will be the opening meet for the men’s team and diving team, while this is the second meet for the women.
Auburn’s men will be in the pool for the first time this year and will go up against top competition in Notre Dame and defending national champion, No. 3 Michigan. The women’s competition is no slouch as well as the Irish come in as No. 18 in the nation and Indiana will be in the field as well as No. 13. The weekend’s events will actually get started today with the Dennis Stark Relays starting at 5 p.m., while Saturday’s dual meets will start at 11 a.m. at the Rolfs Aquatic Center.
“It’s going to be a test for us,” Auburn head swim coach Brett Hawke said. “Over the last six weeks we’ve been building this team. It’s the first time the full team is going to be on the road and it’ll be a challenge for us. The men racing against a Michigan team, which is the defending champion. It’ll be interesting to see how we stack up in our first meet.”
The Auburn women are coming off a 158-44 win against Vanderbilt, where they won all 12 events. The freshman were the big story of the meet as they all came out to win helping Auburn stay on top. Freshman Annie Lazor and Ashley Neidigh placed first in the 200 breast (2:21.46) and 500 free (5:02.08) respectively, the only two events where Auburn did not take second along with first.
Seniors Emily Bos and Aubrey Peacock both finished races one second off their personal-best as Bos won the 50 free in a time of 23.12. Peacock took home the runner-up in the same event with a time of 23.94.
The women will be looking to make it four-straight wins over the Irish in the last four years, including last year’s 166-132 victory in the James E. Martin Aquatic Center. In that meet, Auburn swept the top three spots in the 100 free and also won the 400 medley relay (3:39.10).
The Auburn men are coming off a 5-1 dual record last year, with their only loss being to Florida. This will be the first meet for the men’s team this year and are returning a huge portion of their point scorers from a year ago. Six All-Americans will be back in the pool for Auburn, including 17-time All-American senior Marcelo Chierighini and Nine-time All-American senior Zane Grothe.
Saturday’s meet will be the first head-to-head dual for the Tigers against Notre Dame in the team’s history and only the second time Auburn has faced the Wolverines. Last time Auburn and Michigan competed in a dual was in the 2003-04 season when the Orange and Blue defeated seventh-ranked Michigan, 130-108, en route to a perfect 9-0 season and the national championship.
This weekend will also be the first day in the water for women’s divers, Cinzia Calabretta, Morgan Mullins and Shanna Schuelein. All three divers reached the NCAA Zone ‘B’ Diving Championships last year and will be looking to build on last year’s success.
As for the men, senior John Santeiu joins sophomore Andrew Laing as the only Auburn men in the field. Both divers qualified for the NCAA Zone ‘B’ Diving Championships a year ago, while Santeiu ended up winning the platform competition to advance to the NCAA Championships.
This weekend’s races will start with the Dennis Stark Relays tonight at 5 p.m., while Saturday’s dual meets will start at 11 a.m. in the Rolfs Aquatic Center in South Bend, Ind. Live stats for both days events can be found on Notre Dame’s website as well.
A full recap with complete results can be found online on AuburnTigers.com at the conclusion of Saturday’s dual meets.
Dennis Stark Relay Schedule of Events
200-yard Free Relay
400-yard Medley Relay
800-yard Free Relay
400-yard Individual Medley Relay
300-yard Fly Relay
300-yard Back Relay
300-yard Breast Relay
1,000-yard Free Relay
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Free Relay
1-meter Diving Relay
3-meter Synchronized Diving Relay
Saturday’s Schedule of Events
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay