Oct. 21, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - The 2009-10 season is fast approaching, with the Auburn swimming and diving team opening the season on Oct. 23 at LSU. In anticipation for the upcoming season, AuburnTigers.com will take a sneak peek on each stroke leading up to the first meet.
Men's Breaststroke Sneak Peek
Just like the backstroke, the Tiger breaststrokers will be one of the strongest in the country, returning 2009 World Championships competitors junior Adam Klein and sophomore Genaro Prono, along with senior All-American Michael Silva.
"We have an extremely strong group of breaststrokers," assistant coach Aaron Ciarla said. "It's going to be an exciting year for them and we are all anxious to see how they perform."
Klein, the 2009 SEC runner-up in both the 100 and 200 distances, is coming off a successful summer where he competed in the 50m breast and 200m breast at the world meet in Rome, Italy. Prono represented Paraguay at the World Championships, while Silva is a four-time All-American and a member of the 2009 NCAA champion 200 medley relay squad.
Joining the trio will be freshman Stuart Ferguson, who enters his first year as one of the top breaststrokers out of high school. Ferguson spent three seasons as a member of the U.S. junior national team and is a two-time junior national champion in the 100 breast.
"Stuart is a great addition and will really push the upperclassmen throughout the season," Ciarla said.
Women's Breaststroke Sneak Peak
Senior Abby MacGregor, along with junior Melanie Roberts and sophomore Micah Lawrence, will lead the way for Auburn in the breaststroke events. The trio has extensive experience at both the conference and national level and will make big impacts on the team's success this season.
MacGregor had a great summer, competing in the 200m breast consolation final at the 2009 U.S. National Championships. Roberts and Lawrence both return as All-Americans and competitors at the U.S. meet. Lawrence had a successful 2009 NCAA Championships, finishing fifth in the 200 breast, setting a new Auburn record during the prelims.
Joining the three will be a trio of freshmen in Laura Johnson and Lauren and Lindsey Norberg. Johnson is an Alabama state champion in the 100 breast, while the Norberg twins both have recorded New York state championships in the 100 breast and are high school All-Americans.
"With our three returners and three freshmen, we're going to have a lot of much-needed depth at breaststroke," Ciarla said. "They will all push each other to continue to improve and we'll look to the upperclassmen to lead the young group."