Auburn Opens 2009-10 Season At LSU
Ava Ohlgren

Oct. 22, 2009

AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn swimming and diving team kicks off the 2009-10 campaign traveling to LSU Friday. The meet is set to start at 2:30 p.m. at the LSU Natatorium.

The Tiger men enter the season as the defending national champions and 13-time SEC champions, while the women look to build on last season when they finished second in the conference and sixth at the NCAA championships. Returning for the Tigers are 20 All-Americans and seven NCAA champions, as well as 15 SEC champions.

Auburn was well-represented this summer at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy, as eight current athletes took part in the international meet. Swimming for the United States were Caitlin Geary, Adam Klein and Tyler McGill. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and Alana Dillette represented the Bahamas, Pascal Wollach swam for Canada, Adam Brown was on Great Britain's squad and Genaro Prono represented Paraguay.

Also competing over seas this the summer were seniors Ava Ohlgren, Dan Mazzaferro and Kelly Marx, whom competed at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. Ohlgren picked up five gold medals for the United States, while Mazzaferro and Marx earned bronze on the 3-meter synchronized springboard.

The LSU teams opened up the season on Oct. 16-17, facing Tennessee at the LSU Natatorium. The men fell to the Volunteers, 134-166, while the women lost 130-170. A pair of freshmen in Andrei Tuomola and Craig Hamilton had a great start to their collegiate careers for the Tiger men. Tuomola picked up wins in the 50 free and 100 free, while Hamilton touched the wall first in the 500 free and 1000 free.



Mary Beck led the way for the women, recording three wins for the Tigers. Beck broke the school-mark in the 200 back, finishing in 1:57.45, while taking first in the 200 IM and 200 free. Sara Haley picked up a win in the 200 fly and Rebecca St. Germain took first on both springboard events.

Along with the trip to Baton Rouge, members of the Auburn swimming team will take part in the War Eagle Invitational hosted by the Auburn Aquatics club team at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The three-day invitational is an age-group clubs meet with swimmers of all ages set to compete. Tigers will compete in the 15 and over division that starts Friday.

Auburn returns to competition on Nov. 12, hosting in-state rival Alabama at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The meet is set for 5 p.m.