Auburn proves national pool power
Notes: Wheaton freshman sets records, Kenyon dominates
Amy Hughes, NCAA.com
Top-ranked and defending NCAA Division I champion Texas traveled to No. 6 Auburn last Friday, and the dual meet came down to the last event of the day. The Tigers took advantage of the home pool at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center to come away with a 125.5-117.5 upset against the Longhorns.
Trailing 113.5-112.5 entering the final event, the Auburn team of Karl Krug, Marcelo Chierighini, Drew Modrov and Kohlton Norys won the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 2:57.12, more than two seconds ahead of the second-place Texas squad. It was the first time since the 2005-06 season that Auburn had defeated Texas in dual meet competition.
Auburn senior Adam Brown earned SEC Swimmer of the Week honors for his performance in the dual. He won the 50 freestyle in 19.87 and the 100 free in 43.62. Brown also participated on Auburn’s second-place 400 medley relay team, which finished in 3:13.89 behind another group of Auburn swimmers.
The Longhorns won seven events to Auburn’s six, but the host Tigers took both point-heavy relay wins, including a 1-2 finish in the 400 medley relay, a race where each of the top three teams posted NCAA-B standard times.
Of the 10 swimming events in the 13-event dual meet that had NCAA qualifying standards (does not include the 1,000 free as it is not an NCAA Championship event), at least one B-standard time was posted in nine events. Only the 500 freestyle did not have at least one finisher reach a B-standard time.
Need to Know
• Freshman Charlie Maier of Wheaton College set two school records among his three event victories last week en route to NEWMAC Diver of the Week honors. In Wheaton’s 175-118 dual victory against Clark last Friday, Maier swept the one- and three-meter boards with a school-record 251.48 on the one-meter and 229.65 on the three-meter. The next day, Maier broke a 10-year-old school record with a score of 237.30 on the three-meter board, good for second place in a double dual with Connecticut College and Trinity. He won the one-meter with 234.45 points.
• The reigning Division II National Swimmer of the Year, Drury’s Jun Han Kim continues to dominate his competition. This week, he won three events in a dual meet win against Division I Missouri State on Thursday, capturing the 200 IM, 100 fly and 100 breast titles.
• Kenyon College improved its dual meet record to 6-2 on the season last Saturday by sweeping a tri-meet at Carnegie Mellon. The Lords topped the host Tartans 169-115 and NCAC rival Allegheny 179-100. Kenyon won 11 of the 14 swimming events contested, but competed in the final two events, the 400 IM and 400 free relay, as exhibitions only.
• Carleton senior Eric Brenner was named the MIAC swimming and diving athlete of the week this week after winning the one- and three-meter boards at a home dual meet against Gustavus. Brenner’s one-meter score (282.25) met the NCAA qualifying standard and he was just four points away from the standard on the three-meter board (281.45). He won both events at that dual by more than 70 points. The following day, Brenner finished third in the one-meter and second on the three-meter in a meet at Saint John’s.
Clark University junior Ryan Garr was named the NEWMAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week after winning the 100 backstroke (54.55), 200 back (1:57.07) and 400 IM (4:25.82) in a dual against Wheaton. He was also part of the winning 200 medley relay squad (1:42.48). … Kentucky freshman Greg Ferrucci was named the SEC Diver of the Week after winning both the one- and three-meter boards against Alabama. His one-meter score of 362.25 was a career-best and ranks fourth on UK’s all-time list.