Auburn Freshmen Swimmers Making Early Impact

Dec. 4, 2013

AUBURN, Ala. - The freshmen duo of Joe Patching and Allyx Purcell have made an impact for the Auburn swimming and diving team since their arrival on campus in August.

Patching currently ranks in the top-five in the nation in the 100 back (46.77) and the 200 back (1:40.98). The Ascot, England, native recorded his first NCAA automatic qualifying time of his career at the Auburn Invitational in the 200 back.

The freshman also swam in the leadoff spot for both the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that capturned 'A' cut times and first-place finishes at the Auburn Invitational nearly two weeks ago. Patching also picked up a fourth place finish in the 200 IM with a swim of 1:46.77.

Purcell opened her career with seven-straight combined wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. The Southport, Australia, native has provided the Tigers with a significant boost in the 200 and 400 free relay squads. Purcell earned NCAA 'B' cut times with a swim of 22.87 at the Notre Dame Tri-Meet on Oct. 12 in the 50 free and added another 'B' cut on Oct. 25 at the Royals Open in the 100 free with a time of 49.58.

Purcell also played a key part on the Auburn women's relays earning a pair of 'A' cuts in the 200 and 400 free relays. The freshman led off the 200 free relay at the Auburn Invitational, guiding the Tigers to a first-place finish with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:28.64 to earn a first-place finish. Purcell swam the final leg of the 400 free relay for Auburn, helping the Tigers post a mark of 3:15.32 for its second 'A' cut time of the Auburn Invitational.

The Tigers return to action on January 9, 2014 as they travel to Austin, Texas to face the Texas Longhorns in a dual meet.

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