Nov. 7, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. – Friday’s annual Orange & Blue intrasquad meet has taken on a new meaning for the Auburn swimming and diving team this season as the Tigers have turned the event into an opportunity to benefit Swim for MS.
The Tigers have exceeded their goal of raising over $20,000 for Swim for MS, but are still looking for more potential giver at Friday’s meet that is set to begin at 4 p.m. in the Martin Aquatics Center.
Auburn will divide into two teams, the blue squad led by Tigers head coach Brett Hawke, while the orange squad will be captained by his wife, Trudi. The meet will have 11 unique events, not normally featured in your typical meet.
"I wanted to do something as a team, but I wanted to do something for my wife. She does so much for everybody and I wanted a day to dedicate to her," Hawke said. "I wanted her to feel good about the money raised and it was a thought of getting the team together to raise money. I’m proud of how our team responded and worked to get these donations for a great cause.”
Each team will be combined with members of both the men’s and women’s squad competing against one other. The meet will feature events such as a 300 mixed medley relay, 700 distance free relay and knockout rounds in the butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke events.
The meet begins with thee 300 mixed relay and continues with a butterfly skins knockout round, 700 distance free relay and a backstroke skins knockout event before the diving break. The Tigers conclude the races with mixed crescendo relay that begins at 25 yards, builds to 100 yards and then progresses back to a 25-yard sprint to end the event.
After the conclusion of the meet the Tigers will present Swim for MS along with the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America with a check.
The Tigers return to action at home beginning on Nov. 22 by hosting the three-day Auburn Invitational at the Martin Aquatics Center.