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AUBURN MEN FIRST, WOMEN THIRD AFTER DAY THREE OF SEC SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

ATHENS, Ga. - The Auburn men's swimming and diving team is in first place, while the women are third after the third day of the 2010 SEC Championships at the Gabrielsen Natatorium on the campus of the University of Georgia.  The men captured three individual events and one relay on Friday, while the women took home two individual titles and one relay.

 

Auburn's evening was highlighted by the men capturing four of the top five spots in the 100 breaststroke, Kelly Marx's victory in men's platform diving, Pascal Wollach's win in the 100 back and Micah Lawrence's school and SEC record in the women's 100 breaststroke.

 

"It was a great day for Auburn swimming and we fought like a true Auburn team," head coach Brett Hawke said. "Nothing is better than having your team dedicated to committing a task and going out there and accomplishing it. When that hard work pays off, it's an amazing feeling."

 

The men's dominance in the 100 breast was keyed by junior Adam Klein's first-ever SEC title, as he won in a NCAA "A" cut time of 52.78. With the victory, Auburn has won two of the last three 100 breast titles.

 

"Coming into the race, I knew I had to take it out quick," Klein said. "Michael (Silva) is really good in the first 50 and my strength is in the last 50. I knew that the race was going to be between me and him and I'm so happy with how we finished."

 

Coming in just .19 seconds in second was senior Michael Silva in a time of 52.97. Freshman Stuart Ferguson touched fourth with a "B" time of 53.64, while sophomore Chris Fox was fifth in 53.78.

 

"We knew we had to score a lot of points for the team and needed the points bad," Silva said. "Working with these four guys all year long, I knew we had it in us to do something special tonight. Going 1-2 with me and Adam means a whole lot."

 

The men continued to be a dominant force as the night went on, having four in the 100 back championship final. Wollach, a senior on the squad, came away with his second-consecutive conference title in an "A"

time of 45.69. Auburn has won the event six of the last seven years.

 

"It's a great feeling to win two years in a row," Wollach said.

"Swimming my time and going faster than I was at SECs last year just proved that I can do it. I know I can go faster in a month at NCAAs and I'm anxious for that."

 

Juniors Jared White and Kohlton Norys finished fourth (47.12) and fifth (47.25), respectively. Senior Jordan Anderson rounded out the championship final with an eighth-place finish in 48.30.

 

Lawrence was the only finalist entering the 100 breast championship final to go under a minute in the preliminaries, finishing in 59.89. The Pflugerville, Texas, product came out blazing in the evening race as she set a new school and SEC record with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of

59.29 to capture her first-ever SEC individual title. The school-record broke a seven-year old mark previously held by Maggie Bowen.

 

"Before the race all I was thinking was that I knew I could be fast," Lawrence said. "It's such a great feeling to win a title for the team. There's nothing like winning and I'm very excited to win my first ever conference title."

 

Marx continued Auburn's domination in the men's platform as, claiming the school's fourth consecutive SEC title in the event. The

2008 SEC 1-meter champion, Marx recorded his career-best mark on platform, winning with a score of 446.60.

 

"The platform as been such a tradition here at Auburn and for me to carry on the legacy, I couldn't be more proud," Marx said.  "Jeff

(Shaffer) is one of the best tower coaches in the nation and he had full trust in me. I went up there and stayed consistent and it ended up great."

 

Auburn swept the men's and women's 400 medley relay in the evening's final event, as the women touched home in an NCAA automatic time of 3:31.83, while the men won with a "A" cut time of 3:07.01.  The foursome of Melissa Marik, Lawrence, Ava Ohlgren and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace gave the women their fifth-consecutive SEC title in the event.  The men, who also won their fifth-consecutive conference title, saw Wollach give Auburn the lead after the opening leg, before turning it over to Klein, Tyler McGill, and Adam Brown.

 

"Right before the race, Paul (Yetter) pulled us aside and told us what we needed to do to win," Ohlgren said. "We had a plan, stuck to it and it was awesome to come out on top."

 

"It's a real tight meet and we were only up seven points going into the relay," McGill said. "It was huge for us to come out on top in terms of the team standings. It's going to be a tough battle tomorrow.

Winning this tonight is going to give us great momentum heading into tomorrow. These guys like to fight and I can't wait for tomorrow to see what happens."

 

Representing the Tigers in the women's 100 butterfly final was sophomore sprinter Vanderpool-Wallace. Coming into the last turn, Vanderpool-Wallace was on her way to the women's first swimming title of the meet as she finished in a NCAA "B" cut time of 52.55. The win was Auburn's first in the event since the 2002 championships.

 

"I went into the race just hoping to get a personal-best time,"

Vanderpool-Wallace said. "My goal was to move up to maybe third or fourth. Coming off that last wall, I saw I had the chance to win and I went for it."

 

Senior captains Tyler McGill and Jordan Anderson represented the Tigers in the men's 100 fly championship final, as the duo finished in second and fourth, respectively. McGill recorded a NCAA "A" cut time of 46.00, while Anderson finished in a "B" time of 46.43. Sophomore Adam Brown was 12th overall in the event with a time 47.33.

 

Marik, a senior from Naperville, Ill., put together a season-best swim in the 100 back to finish tied for third with a "B" time of 53.20.

 

Senior Ava Ohlgren opened the night competing in her fourth-consecutive 400 championship final. The captain finished fourth in a "B" cut time of 4:10.49. Ohlgren posted a season-best time of 4:09.35 in the prelims.

 

Freshman Katie Gardocki continues to be successful in her first conference championships, seeing her finish 13th overall in the 400 IM with a career-best time of 4:14.45.

 

Another freshman having an exceptional meet was Kyle Owens, who captured eighth in the 400 individual medley in a career-best time of 3:49.08. Classmate Chris Kramer and junior Robert Looney put in season-best times during the consolation finals, as Kramer took 13th

(3:52.16) and Looney was 14th (3:53.79).

 

A trio of Tigers recorded season-best times in the 200 free consolation final. Senior Maggie Bird swam a "B" time of 1:47.35 to finish ninth, while sophomore Stephanie Horner was 10th (1:47.62) and freshman Becca Jones took 12th (1:47.88).

 

Senior Will Dove put in Auburn's best time in the 200 free, finishing 13th in 1:37.05. Wollach was 14th in 1:37.66 and Gideon Louw was 16th in 1:38.77.

 

Competition continues at the SEC Championships Saturday with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, women's platform and the 400 free relay.

 

Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. from the Gabrielsen Natatorium, while the finals start at 6 p.m. with the 1650 free. Live results and video streaming are available at www.georgiadogs.com.

 

 

Auburn Swimming and Diving

2010 SEC Championships Day Three Finals

Friday, February 19, 2010

Gabrielsen Natatorium; Athens, Ga.

 

Team Scores:

Women:  1. Georgia - 555.5; 2. Florida - 466; 3. Auburn - 392; 4.

Tennessee - 321; 5. LSU - 205; 6. Alabama - 191; 7. Kentucky - 157; 8.

Arkansas - 149.5; 9. South Carolina - 128; 10. Vanderbilt - 56

 

 Men:  1. Auburn - 557; 2. Florida - 544; 3. Georgia - 401; 4.

Tennessee - 315.5; 5. Alabama - 246; 6. Kentucky - 242; 7. LSU - 203.5; 8. South Carolina - 140.

 

 

Auburn Top Finishers - Women: 400 IM -  4. Ohlgren (4:10.49); 100 Fly - 1. Vanderpool-Wallace (52.55); 200 Free - 9. Bird (1:47.35); 100 Breast

- 1. Lawrence (59.29); 12. Macgregor (1:02.05); 100 Back - T3. Marik (53.20); T15. Meissner (55.46); 400 Medley Relay - 1. Marik, Lawrence, Ohlgren, Vanderpool-Wallace (3:31.83).

 

Men: 400 IM - 8. Owens (3:49.08); 100 Fly - 2. McGill (46.00); 200 Free

- 13. Dove (1:37.05); 100 Breast - 1. Klein (52.78); 2. Silva (52.97); 4. Ferguson (53.64); 5. Fox (53.78); 100 Back - 1. Wollach (45.69); 4.

White (47.12); 5. Norys (47.25); 8. Anderson (48.30); 14. Krug (49.11); Platform - 1. Marx (446.60); 5. Ellis (332.15); 400 Medley Relay - 1.

Wollach, Klein, McGill, Brown (3:07.01).

 

 

 

 

Auburn Quotes

Head Coach Brett Hawke

On the day overall

 "It was a great day for Auburn swimming and we fought like a true Auburn team. Nothing is better than having your team dedicated to committing a task and going out there and accomplishing it. When that hard work pays off, it's an amazing feeling."

 

On Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace's 100 fly win "Arianna coming from lane seven in the 100 fly to win was an amazing performance. I told her that she could do it and she believed it, and that was the main thing. She went out and swam her race. "

 

On Micah Lawrence's 100 breast win

"Micah's breaststroke swim was huge, breaking the SEC record. We know she's the best breaststroker in this conference and she went out there and proved it. That's the main thing for these women, is now then know they can do anything. "

 

On the women's 400 medley relay

"Confidence is contagious and it's spreading through the entire team. We had just a great day and to finish off with wins in the 400 medley relay was huge. We really needed that.

 

On the men's performance

"We just had a lot of patience and knew we had a job to do at the end of the night. We had numbers on the back half of the day, so we had to capitalize and score the points when we had the opportunity to, which we did."

 

Head Diving Coach Jeff Shaffer

On Kelly Marx's platform win

"It was a great way to finish Kelly's SEC career. He stepped up and finished strong during the last half of the event."

 

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace – 100 fly winner On the race "I went into the race just hoping to get a personal-best time. My goal was to move up to maybe third or fourth. Coming off that last wall, I saw I had the chance to win and I went for it."

 

Kelly Marx – Platform winner

On playing a significant role on the team "This is exactly how I wanted to end my last SEC meet. We've been working so hard as a team and we're all one at this meet. Every point counts, whether you finish eighth, sixteenth, or first. To play a huge role on this team is a great honor. "

 

On winning the platform

"The platform as been such a tradition here at Auburn and for me to carry on the legacy, I couldn't be more proud. Jeff (Shaffer) is one of the best tower coaches in the nation and he had full trust in me. I went up there and stayed consistent and it ended up great."

 

Ava Ohlgren – member of the winning 400 medley relay On winning the 400 medley relay "Right before the race, Paul (Yetter) pulled us aside and told us what we needed to do to win. We had a plan, stuck to it and it was awesome to come out on top."

 

Tyler McGill – member of the winning 400 medley relay On winning the 400 medley relay "It's a real tight meet and we were only up seven points going into the relay. It was huge for us to come out on top in terms of the team standings. It's going to be a tough battle tomorrow. Winning this tonight is going to give us great momentum heading into tomorrow. These guys like to fight and I can't wait for tomorrow to see what happens."

 

Pascal Wollach – 100 back winner

On winning the 100 back

"It's a great feeling to win two years in a row. Swimming my time and going faster than I was at SECs last year just proved that I can do it. I know I can go faster in a month at NCAAs and I'm anxious for that."

 

Micah Lawrence – 100 breast winner

On winning the 100 breast

"Before the race all I was thinking was that I knew I could be fast.

It's such a great feeling to win a title for the team. There's nothing like winning and I'm very excited to win my first ever conference title."

 

Michael Silva – runner-up in the 100 breast On the importance of the 100 breast finish "We knew we had to score a lot of points for the team and needed the points bad. Working with these four guys all year long, I knew we had it in us to do something special tonight. Going 1-2 with me and Adam means a whole lot."

 

Adam Klein – 100 breast winner

On winning the 100 breast

"Coming into the race, I knew I had to take it out quick. Michael

(Silva) is really good in the first 50 and my strength is in the last 50. I knew that the race was going to be between me and him and I'm so happy with how we finished."

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