Oct. 23, 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 Butterfly Sneak Peek
A pair of seniors in captains Tyler McGill and Jordan Anderson will lead a solid group of butterfliers this season. Juniors Andrew Mitchell and Robert Looney and sophomore Aaron Middleton join the seniors and will add strength and experience.
"We have a solid group of guys in this stroke," assistant coach Richard Long said. "Tyler and Jordan will be great leaders and Andrew is very versatile and has a very strong stroke."
McGill enters his last season as a finalist at the 2009 World Championships in the 100m fly, while also earning gold as a part of the 400m medley relay. Anderson is a two-time SEC runner-up in the 100 fly and will be a key part of the Tiger 200 medley relay.
Mitchell and Looney will be key contributors in the 200 fly, seeing both come off successful sophomore seasons. Looney reached the finals of the 200m fly at the U.S. National Championships this summer and earned All-America Honorable Mention honors in the 200y distance at the NCAA meet. Mitchell came away with a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in the 200 fly and finished 10th in the event at the conference meet.
Newcomers Stuart Ferguson, Sam Kiefer and Tony Cox will give Auburn added depth in the butterfly events. Kiefer is a two-time Alabama state champion in the 100 fly, while Cox finished ninth in the 100 fly at the 2008 Short Course Junior Championships.
Women's Butterfly Sneak Peak
Seniors Alana Dillette
and Ava Ohlgren
, along with sophomores Stephanie Horner
and Kelsey Winters
, will be key components to Auburn's success in the butterfly.
"Alana and Ava had great summers and will be our go-to girls at most meets," Long said. "Stephanie has a great understanding of how to compete at high-level competitions."
Dillette represented the Bahamas at the 2009 World Championships, swimming in the 100m fly. Her strength is in the 100 fly and will be a key player in the sprint relays. Ohlgren took seventh in the 200m fly at the 2009 World University Games and is the current Auburn record-holder in the 200 fly.
Horner is a 2008 Olympian for Canada and finished 20th in the 200m fly. Winters swam in the consolation finals at last season's conference meet, finishing 11th in the 100 fly and 13th in the 200 fly.
Freshman Darcy Fishback joins the group of upperclassmen and will be a big contributor in the butterfly events. She currently holds the Ohio state record in the 100 fly and is a four-time state champion in the event.