Dec. 5, 2012
AUBURN - For the third time this season, Auburn junior Marcelo Chierighini was honored by the Southeastern Conference as he was named the SEC Co-Swimmer of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
Chierighini, a junior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, won two of three individual events he entered at last week's Georgia Fall Invitational in Athens. He also helped Auburn to three relay wins and a runner-up finish in another relay. He posted the fastest 50-yard freestyle in the SEC so far this year with a 19.37-second leadoff split in the 200 freestyle relay, and he later won the 50 freestyle event with a time of 19.50. Later in the meet, Chierighini went 42.73 to win the 100 free title, also the fastest time in the SEC. Both winning times fell just shy of the NCAA `A' standard but currently rank in the nation's top five.
He also helped four Auburn relays to NCAA automatic qualifying times. Chierighini swam leadoff on the 200 free relay team that clocked a 1:17.55 to win that event with the second-fastest time in the country this year. He then swam the anchor leg on a 400 medley relay squad that finished second in 3:10.74. With the butterfly leg on the 200 medley relay, Chierighini helped Auburn to a winning time of 1:25.18, and a strong anchor leg in the 400 freestyle relay gave the Tigers a huge win with a 2:51.46. All four relay times rank as the best in the SEC this year.
Chierighini shared this week's SEC Swimmer of the Week honor with Florida's Sebastian Rousseau, who also posted three NCAA `A' cut times at the Ohio State Invitational.
Chierighini and the Tiger swimmers will be back in action Thursday, Jan. 10, with a 3 p.m. dual meet against Texas at home. Auburn's divers will compete next at the Auburn Diving Invitational, which runs Dec. 17-19 at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center.