Auburn Invitational: Day Three Prelims

Nov. 24, 2013

AUBURN, Ala. – Seven Tigers posted NCAA ‘B’ cut times and 34 swimmers advanced to Sunday’s finals during the final morning of prelims at the Auburn Invitational.

Marcelo Chierighini continued with his impressive performance at this meet with the top qualifying time in the men’s 100 freestyle, clocking 43.66 for his fastest swim of the season and recording a ‘B’ cut time. James Disney-May went 44.77 to earn a ‘B’ cut and finished fifth in the morning session. Kyle Darmody (44.72), Arthur Mendes (44.78) and Youssef Hammoud (44.94) earned spots in the consolation finals.

Zane Grothe will look to pull off a tough double in the pool later today. The senior clocked the second-fastest time of the morning in the 100 free at 43.68, a personal record and just .02 seconds of Chierighini’s top time. Grothe is scheduled to swim in the timed finals of the 1,650 freestyle before competing in this afternoon’s 100 free final.

Joe Patching posted the top time in the Sunday’s 200 backstroke prelims with a ‘B’ cut time of 1:45.88. The freshman will be joined by Taylor Copeland, who earned a spot in the finals by recording a time of 1:46.95 in his first swim in the 200 back this season. Hammoud sliced over nine seconds off his previous best to earn a spot in the consolation finals at 1:49.67. Jacob Siar (1:49.82) and Alex Goerzan (1:50.03) also will swim in the 200 back consolation final. William Anderson’s 1:50.56 got him back for the C-final.

Freshman Forrest Davis had a breakout swim for Auburn in the 200 breast prelims, finishing sixth at 2:01.73 to cut nearly nine seconds off his previous time from earlier this season. Michael Duderstadt clocked 2:02.12 to qualify eighth. Peter Haas (2:04.62), Jordan Jones (2:04.75) and Spencer Kerns (2:08.81) earned their ways into the consolation final.

For the women, Aubrey Peacock and Jillian Vitarius started morning off by recording NCAA ‘B’ cut times in the women’s 200 backstroke. Peacock qualified for the championship final, finishing sixth at 1:58.51, while Vitarius was seventh clocking a 1:58.53. Hallie Stupp (1:59.92) and Sarah Reynolds (2:00.45) earned spots in the consolation final. Aimee Middleton swam her way in to the C-final at 2:06.68.

Senior Emily Bos posted a season-best time of 49.66 in the 100 freestyle to finish sixth, earning a ‘B’ cut to advance to Sunday’s final. She will be joined by fellow classmate Haley Krakowski, whose 50.04 was the eighth-fastest time of the prelims. Megan Fonteno (50.57), Allyx Purcell (51.21) and Olivia Scott (51.36) made the consolation final for the Tigers.

In the 200 fly, Alex Merritt had the seventh-best time of the morning at 2:01.57, while Fonteno’s 2:02.58 was good enough for eighth. Both will swim in the ‘A’ finals, while Sarah Peterson (2:03.04), Kristen Murslack (2:03.37) and Siena DeVenuto will swim in the consolation finals. Valerie Inghels (2:07.80) and Maddie Martin (2:10.16) will represent Auburn in the C-finals.

Annie Lazor qualified for the consolation final in the 200 breast at 2:19.45.

Timed trials for the 1650 free and finals in the men’s and women’s platform diving competition were to take place in between sessions. The final session of the Auburn Invitational gets underway at 3 p.m. at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.

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