INDIANAPOLIS - Auburn's 400-yard medley relay won the consolation final as Auburn wrapped up a light first day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday night at the IUPUI Natatorium.
"We had some disappointment this morning, a little bit of a setback," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. "But the girls rebounded tonight and swam really fast, actually with our best time of the season in the medley relay. We've got a lot of positive momentum going into tomorrow morning for us. Our 100s of stroke are really strong, so we're hoping to get several women back in the top 16 tomorrow."
The 400 medley relay team of Emily Bos, Micah Lawrence, Olivia Scott and Hannah Riordan ran away from the field in the consolation final, grabbing ninth-place points with a winning time of 3:31.40 that dropped more than two seconds off their prelim time from the morning session. The Tigers were in second place after the breaststroke leg, but a blazing 51.68 from Scott in the butterfly made for a two-second swing and gave Auburn an insurmountable lead as Riordan brought it home in 48.08.
Bos earned a second All-America honorable mention finish with a 14th-place time of 22.55 in the 50-yard freestyle consolation final. Her time of 22.35 in this morning's preliminaries was a personal-best and the eighth-fastest time in Auburn history.
Auburn is in 15th place with 21 points after their lightest day of competition this week, and missed out on another 20 or more points after their 200 freestyle relay was disqualified in the morning prelims session. The Tigers will have 11 individual entries and two relays on Friday. Georgia owns the first-day lead with 163 points, followed by Tennessee (150.5), Arizona (127) and defending champ California (102).
The second day of prelims gets underway at 11 a.m. ET Friday with racing in the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Links to live results and live video can be found at AuburnTigers.com, and fans can follow @AuburnSwimming on Twitter for updates.