Nov. 26, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - Senior Marcelo Chierighini and freshman Joe Patching were honored by the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday for their performances this past weekend during the Tigers' final competition of the fall at the Auburn Invitational.
Chierighini was named SEC Co-Male Swimmer of the Week, while Patching earned Male Freshman of the Week. This honor is the second time Chierighini has been named SEC Male Swimmer of the Week this year, while this marks the first honor for Patching.
The pair teamed together to help the Tigers post an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 400 medley relay with a swim of 3:09.21. Chierighini and Patching also guided Auburn's 200 medley relay team to a time of 1:25.98 to earn another `A cut for the Tiger relays in a first-place finish.
Chierighini was a part of five automatic qualifying times on the weekend. The senior posted the nation's best time this season in both, the 50 and 100 freestyle. The senior finished second to former Auburn swimmer Adam Brown in the 50 free, but clocked an impressive swim of 19.25. Chierighini cruised to a win in the 100 free during the event's final day with the best time of the season at 42.04, while adding a victory in the consolation final of the mens' 100 fly at 47.37.
The Sao Paulo, Brazil native also played a major role in wins for the 200 and 400 free relay squads. Auburn posted `A' cut times in the 200 free relay at 1:17.22 and in the 400 free relay at 2:52.35.
Patching earned his first career NCAA automatic qualifying time with his fastest swim of the year in the 200 backstroke, finishing second with a mark of 1:40.98. Patching's time ranks as the seventh-best swim in Auburn history and currently is the third-best time in the nation.
The freshman scored valuable points in Auburn's first-place team finish over the weekend, posting a win in the 100 back by swimming 46.77. His swim in the 100 back is the fifth-best time in the NCAA in 2013 and ranks tied for eighth in Auburn history with former Tiger swimmer Bryan Lundquist.
Patching led off for both the 200 and 400 medley relay teams, guiding the Tigers to wins in both events. The freshman also turned in a season-best time with a fourth-place finish in the 200 IM.
The pair of honors marks the fourth time this season the Tigers have awarded by the SEC. Chierighini and women's freestyler Alyxx Purcell were honored by the league for their performances at the Notre Dame Tri-Meet. Purcell was named the SEC Female Swimmer of the Week for her pair of individual wins at the Royals Open on Oct. 25. John Santieu took home SEC Male Diver of the Week honors after the Tiger men took down LSU on the road Nov. 2.