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Diving, relays give No. 10 Auburn lead after day one of SEC championships

No. 1 Florida, No. 10 Auburn at SEC championships

ATHENS, Ga. --  Auburn’s men’s 800 freestyle relay team set the school record and two divers reached the finals on the 3-meter springboard to put the Tiger men into first place following the first day of the 2014 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Auburn’s 192 points give the Tigers a 50-point lead against second-place Texas A&M as both teams collected strong diving performances on Monday. Defending SEC champion Florida is third with 139 points followed by Tennessee with 135 points.

The Auburn men closed out day one with school record-breaking performance in the men’s 800 freestyle relay as James Disney-May, Zane Grothe, Kyle Darmody and Arthur Mendes posted a time of 6:17.36 to break the Auburn record set in 2009. Disney-May led off with a split of 1:34.69, which ranks as the fifth-best mark in school history in the 200 freestyle.

Auburn’s divers gave the Tigers a stellar performance on the opening day of competition placing four in the top 10 on the 3-meter board. Fraser McKean earned fifth place with a season-best score of 389.65, while John Santeiu IV was sixth at 362.55. It marked the second appearance for McKean in the championship final, while Santeiu made his fourth consecutive appearance in the 3-meter final.