Nov. 13, 2007
AUBURN - Freshman swimmer Melanie Roberts has been named the Southeastern Conference's Female Freshman Swimmer of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. It is the first time this season for an Auburn athlete to pick up one of the league's swimming and diving honors.
Roberts was a key performer for the No. 1-ranked Tigers as Auburn beat No. 12 Tennessee, 201-146 in the team's first dual meet of the season. Competing for her first time at Auburn, Roberts went on to post NCAA provisional "B" cut times in three of her four individual events.
The Rochester, N.Y., native also earned her first win as a Tiger as she won the 200 breast with a time of 2:16.11, the fourth-fastest time in the SEC this season. She also finished runner-up in the 100 breast (1:03.54) and 200 IM (2:03.26). Her 100 breast time ranks eighth in the SEC this season while her 200 IM time comes in at fifth.
Roberts also helped out in the relays with a "B" cut performance in the 400 medley relay. She swam the breaststroke leg with a split of 1:03.20, helping Auburn post a time of 3:42.50 in the win. The time is the second best in the SEC this season in the 400 medley relay.
Next up for Roberts and the Tigers is the "Iron Bowl" of swimming as Alabama comes to town for a dual meet on Friday, Nov. 16. Action in meet is set to begin at 4 p.m. in the James E. Martin Aquatic Center.