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Auburn Sends Ten Athletes To NCAA Women’s Championships

Auburn Sends Ten Athletes To NCAA Women's Championships

AUBURN, Ala.  –The Auburn women's swimming and diving team is set to cap
of the 2010 season as 10 student-athletes will compete at the 2010 NCAA
Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., on the campus of Purdue

The three-day meet will begin Thursday, March 18, and runs through
Saturday. Preliminaries start each day at 11 a.m. EST, followed by
finals at 7 p.m. EST.

"This is probably one of the smaller teams we've had at Auburn," head
coach Brett Hawke said. "Despite that, we're really excited about the
quality of athlete we're bringing to the national meet. They are highly
motivated and the team is going to be more focused on their performance
than the final team outcome."

Auburn concluded the regular season with a 4-4 overall mark in dual
competition and were 2-2 in SEC meets. The team finished third overall
at the 2010 SEC Championships.

ESPNU is slated to broadcast the 2010 NCAA Championships as the network
will tape the three-day meet and air the women's portion on March 26,
2010, at 1:30 p.m. Live stats are available for each session and can be
found at

The Tigers will be represented by 10 student-athletes in eight swimmers
and two divers. The group includes three seniors, a junior, four
sophomores and two freshmen. The 10 combine for 57 total All-America
honors, two NCAA titles and 33 SEC titles.

-Maggie Bird
-Melissa Marik
-Ava Ohlgren
-Caitlin Geary
-Anna Aguero
-Vennie Dantin
-Micah Lawrence
-Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace
-Katie Gardocki
-Hannah Riordan

The Tigers have won five NCAA titles, winning 5-of-6 from 2002-07.
Auburn won its first NCAA title in 2002 at Texas and followed that up
with wins in 2003 at Auburn, 2004 at Texas A&M, 2006 at Georgia and 2007
at Minnesota.

Auburn took sixth at the 2009 NCAA Championships at the Texas A&M
Student Rec Center Natatorium, March 19-21. The team broke three school
records and earned 41 All-American honors split among 11
student-athletes. Auburn swimmers also hit 19 top-times and set 17
career bests during the meet.

The Auburn women finished third with 568 points at the 2010 SEC
Championships. It marked the 14th year in a row that the Tigers have
finished third or better at the conference meet. Georgia claimed the
title, while Florida was second.

A trio of sophomores picked up individual wins to lead the squad. Diver
Vennie Dantin captured the three-meter championship on the second day of
competition, while Micah Lawrence earned her first-ever conference title
in the 100 breast on day three. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace tallied two
individual titles, winning the 100 fly and the 100 free.

The team of Melissa Marik, Lawrence, Ava Ohlgren and Vanderpool-Wallace
took first in the 400 medley relay for the Tigers.

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