Feb. 8, 2009

Courtesy of Auburn

TALLAHASSEE - The No. 5/6 Auburn swimming and diving teams earned a trio of victories Saturday at Florida State. The Auburn men beat the No. 18 Seminoles, 167-122, while the women defeated Florida State (166-120) and the eighth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies (142.50-140.50).

In all, 14 Auburn swimmers hit NCAA conditional qualifying times while a handful of Tigers saw career firsts.

The Auburn men started the day with a relay win, touching in at 1:26.37 in the 200 MR. The team of Jared White, Genaro Prono, Jordan Anderson and Karl Krug recorded the fastest 200 MR time for Auburn this season, earning a "B" cut in the process. White (21.71) and Prono (24.32) recorded new top split times for their respective legs.

Junior Pascal Wollach set a new Auburn top time in the 200 free, touching in at 1:36.43 to give the Tigers their first "B" cut in the event this season.

"Pascal was probably the performer of the day," said Auburn men's co-head coach Brett Hawke. "He really threw down in the 200 free and 200 back today."

Wollach (1:43.49) and freshman Max Murphy (1:44.95) finished first and second in the men's 200 back. The duo picked up a pair of "B" cuts for their efforts.

"As for the freshmen, I thought Max really stepped up today and showed me what he could do at SECs," said Hawke. "Genaro Prono dropped an enormous amount of time in his breaststroke to solidify a spot on the team."

Prono, the true freshman out of Paraguay, made the Auburn SEC Championship squad with his effort in the 100 breast. The 2008 Olympian won the event by over a second, swimming a 54.61 and earning the first individual NCAA qualifying time of his Auburn career.

The Auburn sprinters closed the opening session in style, dominating the 50 free. The Tigers claimed the top-4 spots in the event, with senior Jakob Andkjaer leading the way. His time of 20.02 hit the "B" cut time dead on.

The second session began much as the first ended. Senior Steve Scheren topped the 100 freestyle field with a 44.34. Juniors Tyler McGill (45.08) and Will Dove (45.72) placed second and third.

Sophomore Adam Klein (1:58.81) stepped up in the 200 breast and delivered a new Auburn top time and another Auburn win while senior Logan Madson (47.35) picked up the "B" cut and the win in the men's 100 fly.

Led by senior Logan Madson, the Tigers owned the 200 fly. The Bend, Ore., native gave Auburn its first conditional qualifying mark in the event, touching in at 1:44.61. Freshman Aaron Middleton (1:51.25) and sophomore Robert Looney (1:52.47) took second and third.

Sophomore Jared White hit the wall first in the men's 100 back. His time of 47.62 is the second fastest Auburn 100 back of the 2008-09 season - good enough for another Auburn "B" cut.

Junior Will Dove won the 500 free, clocking in at 4:29.88.

On the springboards, senior Scott Morgon and freshman Adam Godzinski posted top-5 finishes off the 1- and 3-meter springboard.

"We're still searching for a complete list of dives," said Auburn head diving coach Jeff Shaffer. "We made some corrections on some dives we've been working on but then we made some errors that kept us from scoring personal bests."

Morgan finished second in the 1- and 3-meters, scoring 304.14 and 317.45. Godzinski placed third in both events with a 266.80 and a 308.15, respectively.

The Auburn women earned five conditional qualifying marks as senior Rachel Goh earns a hat trick on way to ins over the Seminoles and Aggies.

"Rachel probably executed her races better than I have seen her all year," said Auburn women's co-head coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker. "In particular, the 50 backstroke leadoff on the 200 medley relay. That was mainly in the execution, something she's worked on quite a bit."

The team of Goh, Micah Lawrence, Alana Dillette and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace got the day going for the Tigers, winning the 200 MR. The team timed in at 1:41.49, earning the Tigers their third "B" cut in the event. Goh's backstroke leg of 25.15 is the fastest Auburn in the 200 MR this season.

Goh then returned for another victory, this time in the 100 back. Her time of 53.97 fell under the NCAA "B" cut time of 55.13. Goh completed her performance, winning the women's 100 free with a 51.39. The win marked the first time Goh led the Tigers in the 100 free this season.

Freshman Kelsey Winters picked up the first win of her Auburn career, winning the 200 fly in 2:00.32. The Savannah, Ga., native then found the first NCAA qualifying time of her career, putting up an exhibition 54.03 in the 100 fly.

Junior Maggie Bird became the sixth Auburn women's swimmer to earn a "B" cut in the 200 backstroke. The Muncie, Ind., native finished with a time of 1:57.34 to win the event.

Sophomore Melanie Roberts earned her second "B" cut of the season for her time of 4:15.35 in the women's 400 IM.

Sophomore Caitlin Geary claimed first in the 1000 freestyle, touching in with a new team top time of 9:48.06. Junior Ava Ohlgren swam a 1:49.29 to win the 200 free while sophomore Micah Martindale won the 500 free with a 4:50.96.

Freshman Anna Aguero (265.60) placed second in the women's 1-meter springboard followed by freshman Mary Catherine Cochran (248.50) posting a new top score to finish fourth.

Aguero (292.80) again led the Tigers in the 3-meter, placing third followed by freshman Venessa Dantin (290.35) in fourth.

The Auburn swimming and diving teams return to action Feb. 18-21 for the Southeastern Conference Championships at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn.