Auburn Swimmers Win 18 Individual Races at Royal Open

Oct. 25, 2013

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Auburn men's and women's swimming and diving team won 18 individual races and all four relays at the Queens University hosted Royal Open. In addition to the Tigers and Queens, former Auburn swimmers Micah Lawrence and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace took to the pool as well as Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte.

"We had some good tough racing today with a lot of season bests," head coach Brett Hawke said. "In this meet, we were trying to come together as a team and see how we could race tired, and I think we did a good job of that. We had a lot of people invested in other people's performances."

Freshman freestyler Allyx Purcell continues to shine at the collegiate level, keeping her win streak alive in both the 50 and 100 free. She posted a season-best time in the 100, posting a sub-50 second, 49.58, and beating former Auburn national champion in the event, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace.

"I was really impressed with Allyx (Purcell). She hasn't lost a race yet, and came up against an NCAA record holder," Hawke added. "It was her first time under 50 seconds in the 100 free. James Disney-May had a strong meet, winning the 100 free. Overall good to see people racing in different events, and racing tough."

Purcell wasn't the only freshman Auburn swimmer with multiple event wins as distance swimmer Ashley Neidigh took wins in both the 500 (5:00.37) and 1000 free (10:06.19). Senior Emily Bos swept the backstroke races, taking first in both the 50 and 100.

On the men's side, three members of the senior class dominated with five of the eight wins, a pair of those coming for Disney-May in the 100 free and 50 back (tying with freshman Kyle Darmody). Zane Grothe took both victories in the 500 and 1000 freestyle events, while fellow senior Marcelo Chierighini won the 50 free with a 20.14.

Not to be outdone, freshman Michael Duderstadt won the 200 breast with a season-best 2:04.76 and Joe Patching took first in the 200 back with a 1:46.45. Patching held his own against Olympic standout Lochte in the 200 IM finishing three seconds off his 1:47.29 time, posting a 1:50.58.

NEXT UP: The Auburn men return to action on Nov. 2 when they travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU. The women will be back in the pool when both teams host the Auburn Invitational on Nov. 22-24.

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Men's Events                                                                                                                       

200-yard Medley Relay
1. Auburn A (Patching, Duderstadt, Chierighini, Darmody), 1:30.59
3. Auburn B (Disney-May, Haas, Mendes, Leon), 1:32.84
4. Auburn C (Behrens, Davis, Hancock, Hammoud), 1:34.69

1,000-yard Free
1. Zane Grothe, 9:27.00
3. Tommy McKee, 9:41.06
4. Jordan Jones, 9:46.54

50-yard Breast
3. Michael Duderstadt, 26.21
5. Forrest Davis, 27.09
7. Peter Haas, 27.42
8. Spencer Kerns, 27.81

200-yard Free
2. Zane Grothe, 1:39.28
5. Alexander Hancock, 1:42.67
6. Kyle Darmody, 1:43.11
8. Youssef Hammoud, 1:45.64

100-yard Back
2. James Disney-May, 49.00
3. Joe Patching, 29.14
4. Jacob Siar, 51.34

100-yard Breast
2. Michael Duderstadt, 56.62
5. Forrest Davis, 59.26
7. Spencer Kerns, 1:00.78

200-yard Butterfly
1. Allen Browning, 1:51.15
2. Arthur Mendes, 1:51.83
3. Kevin Behrens, 1:53.43
4. Alexande Hancock, 1:57.13

50-yard Free
1. Marcelo Chierighini, 20.14
4. Kyle Darmody, 20.84
5. TJ Leon, 20.94
6. Alex Press, 21.08

100-yard Free
1. James Disney-May, 44.77
3. Marcelo Chierighini, 45.62
8. Matt Long, 47.66
9. Allen Browning, 48.22

200-yard Back
1. Joe Patching, 1:46.45
2. Jacob Siar, 1:51.76
3. Kyle Darmody, 1:51.97
5. Youssef Hammoud, 1:58.82

50-yard Butterfly
2. Arthur Mendes, 22.27
3. Alex Press, 22.67
5. TJ Leon, 22.89
6. Kevin Behrens, 22.95

200-yard Breast
1. Michael Duderstadt, 2:04.76*
2. Jordan Jones, 2:09.22
4. Forrest Davis, 2:10.29
6. Peter Haas, 2:11.00

500-yard Free
1. Zane Grothe, 4:34.68
3. Tommy McKee, 4:39.18
5. Spencer Kerns, 4:45.90
7. Allen Browning, 4:56.73

50-yard Back
1. James Disney-May and Kyle Darmody, 23.16
3. Joe Patching, 23.20
4. Jacob Siar, 23.89

100-yard Butterfly
3. Arthur Mendes, 49.04
4. TJ Leon, 50.28
5. Marcelo Chierighini, 51.24
6. Matt Long, 52.56

200-yard Individual Medley (Ryan Lochte won race with 1:47.29)
3. Joe Patching, 1:50.58
4. Michael Duderstadt, 1:54.84
5. Alexander Hancock, 1:54.90
6. Jordan Jones, 1:57.48

200-yard Freestyle Relay
1. Auburn A (Chierighini, Disney-May, Darmody, Leon), 1:20.61
2. Auburn B (Press, Mendes, Hammoud, Long), 1:24.77

Women's Events                                                                 
200-yard Medley Relay
1. Auburn A (Bos, Lazor, Fonteno, Purcell), 1:42.56
2. Auburn B (Reynolds, Murslack, Scott, Krakoski), 1:44.24
4. Auburn C (Warhol, Peterson, Martin, Peacock), 1:49.36

1,000-yard Free
1. Ashley Niedigh, 10:06.19
2. Siena DeVenuto, 10.06.75

50-yard Breast
1. Kristen Murslack, 30.40
2. Annie Lazor, 31.03
3. Sarah Peterson, 31.41

200-yard Free
1. Haley Krakowski, 1:51.80
2. Mary Elizabeth Warhol, 1:51.88
4. Alex Merritt, 1:52.99
5. Ashley Neidigh, 1:53.70
6. Siena DeVenuto, 1:54.29
7. Micah Lawrence, 1:57.24 (former AU swimmer)

100-yard Back
1. Emily Bos, 54.22
2. Sarah Reynolds, 56.14
4. Hallie Stupp, 57.30
5. Aimee Middleton, 58.66

100-yard Breast
2. Kristen Murslack, 1:06.38
3. Annie Lazor, 1:06.57
4. Sarah Peterson, 1:07.17

200-yard Butterfly
2. Megan Fonteno, 2:03.82
3. Alex Merritt, 2:07.45
4. Olivia Scott, 2:08.74
5. Valerie Inghels, 2:10.33

50-yard Free
1. Allyx Purcell, 22.90
3. Haley Krakoski, 23.57
5. Aubrey Peacock, 23.88
7. Maddie Martin, 24.99

100-yard Free
1. Allyx Purcell, 49.58
2. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 49.85
4. Emily Bos, 50.16
5. Haley Krakoski, 50.80
7. Megan Fonteno, 51.45

200-yard Back
1. Aubrey Peacock, 1:59.38
2. Hallie Stupp, 2:00.14
4. Sarah Reynolds, 2:02.82
5. Aimee Middleton, 2:08.87

50-yard Butterfly
1. Olivia Scott, 24.96
2. Allyx Purcell, 25.19
4. Sarah Reynolds, 26.00
5. Valerie Inghels, 26.56

200-yard Breast
1. Micah Lawrence, 2:15.33
2. Sarah Patterson, 2:23.20
3. Annie Lazor, 2:34.29
4. Kristen Murslack, 2:28.43

500-yard Free
1. Ashley Neidigh, 5:00.37
2. Siena DeVenuto, 5:01.17
3. Mary Elizabeth Warhol, 5:04.35
8. Valerie Inghels, 5:36.21

50-yard Back
1. Emily Bos, 25.66
2. Aubrey Peacock, 25.91
3. Sarah Reynolds, 26.36

100-yard Butterfly
1. Olivia Scott, 55.02
2. Megan Fonteno, 56.54
3. Maddie Martin, 56.72
4. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 57.00
6. Alex Merritt, 57.80

200-yard Individual Medley
3. Sarah Patterson, 2:07.62
4. Annie Lazor, 2:08.74
5. MaryElizabeth Warhol, 2:11.-3
6. Kristen Murslack, 2:11.10

200-yard Freestyle Relay
1. Auburn A (Bos, Purcell, Krakoski, Fonteno), 1:31.98
2. Auburn B (Scott, Peacock, Martin, Merritt), 1:36.14
4. Auburn C (Stupp, Middleton, Neidigh, DeVenuto), 1:39.91