Auburn Men Back in Action at LSU on Saturday

Nov. 1, 2013

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BATON ROUGE, La.
– The Auburn men’s swimming and diving team (1-1, 0-0) gets back into the pool for the second straight weekend and travel to LSU for its first competition against an SEC foe this season on Saturday at the LSU Natatorium.

The meet is set to start at 11 a.m. and marks the second home meet against an SEC opponent for LSU’s men this year.

“It’s a great chance to swim in conference competitor, LSU is always a strong team. The guys are still in very intensive training,” Auburn coach Brett Hawke said of his team. “We’re trying to get different looks to see how they are progressing.”

Auburn’s men and women combined to record 18 wins in action last Friday at the Royals Open hosted by Queens (N.C.) University. Facing Olympic competition, the Auburn men picked wins in 10 events in their second meet of the year.

Senior and reigning SEC Men’s Swimmer of the Year Marcelo Chierighini posted his second straight win in the 50 free, while freshman Joe Patching earned his second straight victory in the 200 back. Senior Zane Grothe add wins in the distance freestyle portion of the meet, taking the title in both the 500 and 1,000 free races.

Auburn also swept the relay events, picking up both the 200 free and 200 medley relays. The team of Chierighini, James Disney-May, Kyle Darmody and TJ Leon posted the nation third-best time (1:20.61) in the 200 free. In diving, Auburn’s Andrew Laing and John Santeiu return to action after a three-walk layoff.

LSU (0-1, 0-1) dropped its first meet of the year against Georgia, 170.5-118.5) on Oct. 18 to begin the 2013-14 season at home. Saturday’s dual meet marks the second straight season both teams have met. Last year, Auburn defeated LSU, 218.5-78.5, at the Martin Aquatics Center on Oct. 20, 2012 and leads the all-time series 18-6.

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