Tigers Host Georgia For Big SEC Match-Up


Nov. 19, 2009

AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn swimming and diving team welcomes Georgia to the James E. Martin Aquatic Center for a big Southeastern Conference meet on Friday. Diving is set to start at 3 p.m., while swimming starts up at 4 p.m.

"This will be our toughest test so far this season," head coach Brett Hawke said. "Georgia has a fantastic program with a great history of performing at the highest level. They are coached well and will be ready to race."

The men enter the meet as the fifth-ranked team in the country, while the women sit at No. 7.

The Tigers combined for 16 event wins and 12 NCAA Provision "B" cut times Thursday as the Tigers swept in-state rival Alabama in front of 1,156 fans at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center. The women topped the Crimson Tide, 134-107, while the men defeated Alabama 142-101.

Freshman Katie Gardocki led the women individually, picking up a pair of wins for the second-consecutive meet. The Suffield, Conn., native recorded her first-career B cut time, taking first in the 1650 free in 16:34.88. Gardocki also took first in the 500 free in 4:53.40. Sophomore Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace returned to the pool and also came away with double wins. She captured first in the 50 free in 23.17 and recorded a B time of 50.18 took take first in the 100 free.

Leading the way for the men was senior Gideon Louw, who picked up a pair of wins and B times in the 50 free (19.87) and 100 free (44.20). Classmate Tyler McGill tallied a B time of 1:47.56 to take first in the 200 fly, while junior Adam Klein touched the wall first in the 200 breast with a time of 2:00.21. Freshman Kyle Owens celebrated his 19th birthday with a big win in the 200 individual medley. The Johnson City, Tenn., native came in first with a B time of 1:49.31. Junior Andrew Mitchell came in a close second, finishing in 1:49.86.



The Georgia women's swimming and diving team enter competition as the top-ranked team in the nation according to the College Swim Coaches Association of America. The men come to Auburn as the seventh-ranked team.

The Lady Bulldogs are led by a handful of tough swimmers including Allison Schmitt, who holds SEC-best timesin the 100, 200 and 500 free. Troyden Prinsloo leads the men with two top times in the 500 and 1000 free.

Senior Gideon Louw and freshman Katie Gardocki each picked up their first career Southeastern Conference weekly honor after leading the Auburn swimming and diving team to wins over in-state rival Alabama on Thursday.

Following Friday's competition, the Auburn diving team heads to Atlanta for the three-day Georgia Tech Diving Invitational.

The Tigers travel to Austin, Texas, for the Texas Invitational. Auburn will take part in the three-day invite, Dec. 3-5.