Dec. 3, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - Sophomore Olivia Scott broke the Auburn record in the 100-yard butterfly to highlight a great Saturday morning of fast swimming for the Tigers on the second day of the Georgia Fall Invitational.
Scott became the second Auburn women's swimmer to break the 52-second mark in the 100 fly, clocking a 51.86 to break teammate Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace's record of 51.98, earning an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the process. Scott's previous best time in the event was a 52.29 at last year's NCAA Championships.
Vanderpool-Wallace, meanwhile, finished just behind her teammate with a 52.62 as the Auburn duo were the top two collegiate qualifiers in the race. Former California swimmer and 11-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, swimming unattached, clocked a 50.87 for the top time in prelims.
The women's 100 fly was one of many highlights to the morning that saw the Auburn men and women combine for one NCAA A-cut, 20 NCAA B-cuts and 37 spots in the evening's swimming finals.
Sophomore Emily Bos just missed the women's 100 fly A-final with a B-cut time of 54.16, and senior Kelsey Winters was just behind her in 54.18. Haley Krakoski earned a spot in the C-final with a time of 55.66.
Bos, however, would advance to the championship final in the 100 back with a time of 52.88, just three-tenths shy of an A-cut. Scott took 16th for a spot in the B-final with a B-cut time of 54.31, while Hannah Riordan posted a 54.74 for a berth in the C-final and a B-cut of her own.
In the women's 100 breaststroke, junior Lauren Norberg was the No. 2 qualifier with a B-cut time of 1:00.37. Freshman Abby Duncan just missed the championship final with a 1:01.38 to finish 10th, while Laura Johnson (1:02.33) and Lindsey Norberg (1:02.81) both posted `B' cuts and earned return trips to the finals.
Freshman Sarah Peterson had Auburn's top time in the 400 IM, a B-cut clocking of 4:16.69, to earn a spot in the B-final. Katherine Daniels will swim the C-final after a 4:31.14. And in the 200 free, Becca Jones (1:47.69) and Katie Gardocki (1:47.78) both posted B-cut times and earned spots in the bonus final.
For the Auburn men, junior Kyle Owens was the top qualifier in the 100 back with a time of 47.00; senior Max Murphy was fourth with a 47.93. Both times were NCAA `B' cuts. Brandon Siemasko also earned a spot in the championship final with a sixth-place time of 48.67, barely missing a B-cut of his own. James Disney-May took 10th in the prelims with a 48.91, and Kevin Behrens earned a second swim with a 50.42 to finish 24th.
The Tigers also got three back in the A-final of the 100 breast. Stuart Ferguson qualified second with a 54.60, Chris Manning was sixth with a 55.18, and Chandler Gerlach was eighth in 55.51; all three times were NCAA `B' cuts. Peter Haas was 12th with a 56.63 to earn a berth in the consolation final.
The 100 butterfly saw TJ Leon (48.50) and Marcelo Chierighini (48.57) qualify fourth and sixth, respectively, to move into the championship final. Owens barely missed the championship with a 48.79 to finish ninth, and Kevin Behrens (49.72) and Piankhi Gibson (49.98) made their way into the C-final.
Sophomore Zane Grothe continued his strong week by qualifying fifth in the 200 freestyle with a B-cut time of 1:37.25; Drew Modrov was seventh in 1:37.73. Disney-May barely missed both a B-cut and a championship finals berth with a ninth-place time of 1:38.40, and freshman Sam Parker will join him in the consolation with a 13th-place time of 1:39.26.
In the diving well, seniors Anna Aguero and Vennie Dantin were the top two qualifiers in the women's 3-meter prelims with Aguero scoring a 332.05 and Dantin posting a 327.50. Freshman Shanna Schuelein also advanced to the finals with an eighth-place score of 280.20, and Cinzia Calabretta was 12th with a 237.05.
For the men's divers, sophomore John Santeiu was the top qualifier with a score of 334.80 in the 1-meter preliminary. Senior Adam Godzinski was seventh with a 277.40 and freshman Michael Beran qualified eighth with a 274.70.
Finals get underway at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT) with competition in all of the above events along with the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay. Live results are available through GeorgiaDogs.com, and fans can follow @AuburnSwimming on Twitter for updates throughout the meet.