Feb. 5, 2009

Courtesy of Auburn Athletics

AUBURN - The defending Southeastern Conference champion Auburn swimming and diving teams return to action this Saturday as the men’s and women’s teams face off with the Florida State Seminoles.  The women will also compete against Texas A&M as part of the meet.

The meet is set to begin at 11 am Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Morcom Aquatics Center in Tallahassee, Fla.

This weekend marks the final competition for Auburn prior to the SEC Championships.  The men’s and women’s teams will be looking to nail down their SEC lineups.

“We’ll be testing five or six athletes against each other,” said Auburn men’s co-head coach Brett Hawke.  “They’re fighting for those last few spots still open SECs.”

Each school brings 18 swimmers and three divers to the SEC Championships.  Each competitor is allowed to compete in three individual events.

“We’ll be looking to find those second and third events for our swimmers,” said Auburn women’s co-head coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker.
“We are focused on winning this meet.”

The Auburn men’s and women’s diving teams are returning from strong showings against Florida on Jan. 24. 

“It’s our last dual meet of the season so we’re trying to finish with a solid performance,” said Auburn head diving coach Jeff Shaffer.
 “All four women will go.  Adam Godzinski and Scott Morgan are going on the road for us.  This is an excellent opportunity to focus on the corrections they’ve been making in practice – taking those efforts from practice to competition.”

The last time the Tigers squared off with ‘Noles, Auburn earned three victories as the fifth-ranked Tigers swept Florida State along with a women’s victory over Arkansas. The men’s team defeated the Seminoles 190-106, while the women earned a 177-118 victory over No. 22 FSU and a
182-113 win over Arkansas.

Same was the story for Auburn last meeting with the Aggies. Auburn picked up a trio of wins at Texas A&M as Auburn’s No. 8-ranked men dominated the No. 20 Aggies, 210-90. The top-ranked women pulled out wins over No. 6 Texas A&M (155-139) and No. 12 Southern Methodist (218-72).