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Auburn holds first After Day One of SEC Swimming Championships

Auburn Men and Women Hold First After Day One Of SEC Swimming Championships 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Auburn swimming and diving team stands in first after day one of the swimming portion Wednesday at the 2011 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the campus of the University of Florida. 

The Auburn men are first with 201 points and the Auburn women hold first with 166 points after adding the diving scores from last week. The Tennessee men are in a close second with 199.5 points, while the Florida women are in second with 153 points. 

"Overall, it was a solid team performance," head coach Brett Hawke said. "Some of the details got away from us tonight and it's something we have to focus on for the rest of the week. This is a tough conference and a tough meet." 

The Auburn women started the championships with a bang as the 200 medley relay team of Emily Bos, Lauren Norberg, Olivia Scott and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace captured the conference title in the event. The quartet notched a SEC and school-record time of 1:36.11, automatically qualifying the group for the NCAA championship. 

"This was the highlight of the night for the team," Hawke said.

"It was an outstanding performance by those women and it's nice to know all four will be back next year." 

The Auburn men opened with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of seniors Jared White, Adam Klein, Adam Brown and Kohlton Norys swam a NCAA "A" cut time of 1:25.52. 

The evening concluded with the 800 free relay and the men's squad of Kyle Owens, Zane Grothe, Karl Krug and Norys finished third in a season-best time of 6:21.79. That mark is also a NCAA "B" cut time.

The women's team of Micah Martindale, Caitlin Geary, Becca Jones and Katie Gardocki finished fourth in the event in a season-best and "B" time of 7:04.68. 

Thursday opens with the preliminary session at 10 a.m. from the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The morning starts with the 500 free and follows with the 200 IM, 50 free and 200 free relay. Live results and live streaming are available at www.gatorzone.com

Auburn Swimming and Diving

2010 SEC Swimming Championships - Day One Finals Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Stephen C. O'Connell Center; Gainesville, Fla. 

Team Scores

Women: 1. Auburn - 166; 2. Florida - 153; 3. South Carolina - 108; 4.

Georgia - 106; 5. Tennessee - 96; 6. LSU - 93.5; 7. Kentucky - 83; 8.

Arkansas - 76; 9. Alabama - 73.5; 10. Vanderbilt - 32.

Men: 1. Auburn - 201; 2. Tennessee - 199.5; 3. Florida - 129; 4. LSU - 99.5; 5. Alabama - 93; 6. Kentucky - 92; 7. Georgia - 73; 8. South Carolina - 50. 

Auburn Top Finishers - Women: 200 Medley Relay - 1. Bos, La. Norberg, Scott, Vanderpool-Wallace (1:36.11); 800 Free Relay - 4. Martindale, Geary, Jones, Gardocki (7:04.68). 

Men: 200 Medley Relay - 2. White, Klein, Brown, Norys (1:25.52); 800 Free Relay - 3. Owens, Grothe, Krug, Norys (6:21.79).

Notes

- The women's 200 medley relay broke a two-year school record and the SEC record when they finished first in 1:36.11. That time also is an NCAA Automatic Qualifying time.

- The 200 medley win was Auburn's first since 2007. The Tigers have won the event a total of seven times.

- Auburn men finished second in the 200 medley relay with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying time of 1:25.52.

- The men's time of 6:21.79 in the 800 free relay was a season-fastest time

- The women's time of 7:04.68 in the 800 free relay was a season-best time 

Quotes

Brett Hawke, head coach

On the women's 200 medley relay

"This was the highlight of the night for the team. It was an outstanding performance by those women and it's nice to know all four will be back next year." 

On the evening overall

"Overall, it was a solid team performance. Some of the details got away from us tonight and it's something we have to focus on for the rest of the week. This is a tough conference and a tough meet." 

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, junior

On winning the 200 medley relay

"We just wanted to do the best we could coming into the meet. Winning the 200 medley relay was a great way for the team to start and we're looking forward to the rest of the week."

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics

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