Dec. 1, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Auburn swimmers posted 11 NCAA `B' cut times, and 36 Tiger swimmers and divers advanced to Saturday's finals in their respective events in the second day of preliminaries at the Georgia Fall Invitational.
Junior Olivia Scott provided the biggest highlight of the morning for Auburn as she posted a time of 52.70 - just .59 seconds shy of an NCAA `A' cut - to qualify second overall and advance to the championship final. It was the fifth-fastest time in the country this year, and Scott posted the mark wearing a training suit instead of the "faster" racing suit.
She will be joined in the final by freshman Valerie Inghels, who came close to a B-cut time with a 54.65 to tie for 13th in prelims, and sophomore Megan Fonteno (55.15) and freshman Alex Merritt (55.49), who qualified for the C-final.
Another big swim came from senior Micah Lawrence, who qualified second in the 100 breaststroke prelims with an easy 1:01.10. She will have company in the A-final from senior Lauren Norberg, whose 1:01.76 was a season-best to place her fourth in prelims. Abby Duncan (1:02.51) was just shy of a B-cut time, and Tryshia Centeno (1:02.90) and Laura Johnson (1:02.97) will join Duncan in the consolation final. Lindsey Norberg clocked a 1:03.50 to take a spot in the C-final.
Lawrence also qualified for the consolation final in the 400 IM with a time of 4:18.35, another NCAA `B' cut performance. Sarah Peterson posted a 4:23.90 to finish 21st and qualify for the C-final.
In the women's 100 backstroke, Emily Bos posted a 53.67 to finish seventh in prelims and qualify for the championship final, and Auburn newcomers Aubrey Peacock (54.65) and Jillian Vitarius (54.77) both posted NCAA `B' cut times to make the consolation final.
On the men's side, senior Kyle Owens went an un-suited 47.76 in his morning swim for a B-cut in the 100 backstroke, finishing fourth and earning a spot in the championship final. Freshman Jacob Siar (50.18) and sophomore Kevin Behrens (50.20) swam their way into the C-final.
Senior Stuart Ferguson earned a B-cut time of his own in the 100 breaststroke with a 55.20 to qualify third overall and grab a spot in the championship final. Junior Peter Haas barely missed the A-final with a time of 55.77 - just .21 seconds shy of the 8th-place finisher - to qualify ninth overall. He will be joined in the B-final by Chandler Gerlach (56.16).
Another senior, Chris Kramer, posted a B-cut time of 3:54.12 in the 400 IM to finish eighth overall and qualify for the championship final, and freshman Jordan Jones had one of the best swims of his young career with a 3:54.25 to qualify ninth with a B-cut time of his own. McKee (3:58.63) and Spencer Kerns (3:58.77).
Tommy McKee continued his strong performances in the meet with a 1:38.04 in the 200 freestyle prelims to qualify 11th overall, just missing a B-cut mark. Zane Grothe was just behind McKee with a 1:38.21 to qualify 12th, and Sam Parker (1:39.18), James Disney-May (1:39.29) and Allen Browning (1:39.81) made their way into the C-final. In addidion, TJ Leon (49.96) and Behrens (50.23) qualified for the C-final in the 100 fly.
In diving prelims, sophomore Cinzia Calabretta led the way for the Auburn women with a 273.10 to qualify third in the 1-meter event. Shanna Schuelein (253.20) and Carly Scheper (250.40) posted seventh- and 10th-place finishes, respectively. For the men, sophomore Fraser McKean's fourth-place score of 359.90 led a group of three Tigers in the top eight of the three-meter event as freshman Andrew Laing posted a 341.00 to finish sixth and junior John Santieu scored a 340.70 to take seventh. Freshman Justin Youtsey earned a top-16 finish with a 12th-place score of 313.10.
Finals get underway at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT). Live results are available through GeorgiaDogs.com, and @AuburnSwimming on Twitter has live updates from the pool deck.