Auburn men’s swimming and diving set for 2014 NCAA Championships

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Auburn swimming diving

by Tyler Pigg

March 26, 2014, AUSTIN, Texas (ISN) – The Auburn men’s swimming and diving team sends 13 athletes to compete at the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, which will run March 27-29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.

Preliminaries for the meet are set to begin each day at 11 a.m. CT with finals slated to start at 7 p.m. CT. Diving prelims are set to begin at 1:30 p.m. CT each with the championship final set to be held during the evening session.

Prelims will be streamed on TexasSports.com all week as well as Thursday night’s finals. Friday and Saturday’s final will be broadcasted on ESPN3.

11 swimmers and two divers will compete for Auburn as the Tigers make their 40th all-time appearance at the NCAA Championships. The last time the meet was held in Austin, Texas, in 2003, the Tigers picked up their third NCAA Championships, taking home three individual titles.

At last year’s meet in Indianapolis, Auburn picked up its ninth 200 freestyle relay title to open the event. Auburn enters the meet as the top seed in both the 200 free and 400 free relays, while senior Marcelo Chierighini comes into his final meet as a Tiger with the nation’s top time in the 100 freestyle (41.46) after setting the SEC record in February.

Chierighini, James Disney-May and TJ Leon all return from last year’s 200 freestyle relay that won the NCAA title. Freshman Kyle Darmody enters the meet seeded inside the top 10 in all three events he is set to compete in (50 free, 100 free, 100 back). Darmody comes into the NCAA Championships fresh off winning the 100 back title at the SEC Championships, and a pair of third-place finishes in the 50 free and 100 free.

Senior John Santeiu IV and junior Fraser McKean will represent the Tigers in diving. The pair earned spots after qualifying at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C. on March 10-12. Santeiu earned All-America honors at last year’s NCAA Championships, finishing in the top-16 in all three events.

AUBURN CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER

Seniors (5)

  • Marcelo Chierighini
  • James Disney-May
  • Zane Grothe
  • TJ Leon*
  • John Santeiu IV

Juniors (4)

  • Allen Browning
  • Alex Hancock
  • Fraser McKean
  • Tommy McKee

Sophomores (1)

  • Arthur Mendes

Freshmen (3)

  • Kyle Darmody
  • Michael Duderstadt
  • Joe Patching

AUBURN MEN AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Auburn’s men have won eight NCAA Championships, capturing the title in 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. The Tigers are making their 40th appearance at the NCAA Championships, where on 31 occasions they have finished in the top 10. The Tiger men have claimed 30 individual national championships and 28 relay titles in those appearances.

2013 AUBURN ALL-AMERICANS

  • Marcelo Chierighini (6) – 50 free, 100 free, 200 FR, 400 FR, 200 MR, 400 MR
  • James Disney-May (5) – 50 free, 100 free HM, 200 FR, 400 FR, 200 MR
  • Stuart Ferguson (2) – 200 MR, 400 MR
  • Zane Grothe (3) – 200 free HM, 500 free, 1650 free HM
  • TJ Leon (3) – 200 FR, 400 FR, 200 MR
  • Arthur Mendes (2) – 400 FR, 400 MR
  • Kyle Owens (5) – 100 back, 200 FR, 400 FR, 200 MR, 400 MR
  • John Santeiu (3) – 1M diving HM, 3M diving HM, Platform diving HM

OFF THE BLOCKS

  • The Tigers won their third NCAA Championship back in 2003, the last time the meet was hosted in Austin, Texas. George Bovell (200 IM), Fred Bosquet (50 Free) and Caesar Garcia (Platform diving) won individual titles that year.
  • Five Auburn seniors – Marcelo Chierighini, James Disney-May, Zane Grothe, TJ Leon and John Santeiu – will be appearing in their final meet as a Tiger.
  • Chierighini won the 100 free title for the third time at the 2014 SEC Championships last month, also setting the SEC record in the event with a leadoff split of 41.46 in the 400 freestyle relay.
  • The Tigers also send three freshman – Kyle Darmody, Michael Duderstadt and Joe Patching – to the NCAA Championships. Darmody won the SEC 100 back title and also picked up third-place finishes in the 50 and 100 free.
  • Auburn is the top seed in the 200 and 400 free relay events. The Tigers won SEC titles in the 200 free, 400 free and the 200 medley relay, while setting a school record in the 800 free relay.

ORDER OF EVENTS

Thursday, March 27

11 a.m. Prelims

200 freestyle relay

500 freestyle

200 individual medley

50 freestyle

400 medley relay

1:30 p.m. 1-meter diving prelims

3:30 p.m. 1-meter diving consolation

7 p.m. Finals

200 freestyle relay

500 freestyle

200 individual medley

1-meter diving

400 medley relay

Friday, March 28

11 a.m. Prelims

200 medley relay

400 individual medley

100 butterfly

200 freestyle

100 breaststroke

100 backstroke

1:30 p.m. 3-meter diving prelims

3:30 p.m. 3-meter diving consolation

7 p.m. Finals

200 medley relay

400 individual medley

100 butterfly

200 freestyle

100 breaststroke

100 backstroke

3-meter diving

800 freestyle relay (timed finals)

Saturday, March 29

11 a.m. Prelims

200 backstroke

100 freestyle

200 breaststroke

200 butterfly

400 freestyle relay

1:30 p.m. Platform diving prelims

3 p.m. Platform diving consolation

5 p.m. 1650 freestyle (all but fastest heat)

7 p.m. Finals

1650 freestyle (fastest heat)

200 backstroke

100 freestyle

200 breaststroke

200 butterfly

Platform diving

400 freestyle relay

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