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    SEC Swimming and Diving Today: January 9

    LSU MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING COLLECTS FIRST WIN OF YEAR OVER SMU

    BATON ROUGE -- The LSU men’s swimming and diving team collected its first win of the season over SMU 185-122 Thursday at the LSU Natatorium.

    “After not competing since midseason it was nice to come back and take advantages early on in the meet,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “We know we have some strong swims and we started early. We got momentum early and never let up. Everything is a process and its good to see our freshmen starting to see results.”

    Freshman Brandon Goldman led the Tigers with three wins in the 200 butterfly (1:49.95), 200 backstroke (1:48.34) and 200 IM (1:51.10). Goldman’s times were season highs.

    Freshman Elliot Dewlen touched the wall first in the 1000 freestyle (9:25.05) and 500 freestyle (4:34.73).

    “It’s good to see freshman fill some gaps for us and feeling more comfortable,” Geyer said. “Elliot (Dewlen) had a good break through swim in the 1000 and 500. It’s starting to fall in line. These are positive things for right now and the future.”

    Frank Greeff earned two victories on the day in the 200 freestyle (1:39.22) and 100 butterfly (49.58). Greeff also finished second in the 200 IM with a mark of 1:52.49.

    Ricardo Alvarado Jiminez notched a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:01.00) and a second place finish in the 100 breaststroke (56.26).

    Daniel Swietlicki finished first in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 50.21 and second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.07.

    Michael Saco finished first in the 100 freestyle (46.01) and second in the 50 freestyle (20.64).

    Gabe Rooker won the 100 breaststroke in 56.11 and third in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 4:42.95.

    Ricardo Alvarado Jiminez touched the wall first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:01.00.

    Matthew Schaefer finished second in the 1000 freestyle (9:34.50) and fourth in the 500 freestyle (4:44.96).

    Logan Rysemus and Michael Young finished second in the 200 butterfly (1:49.99) and 200 backstroke (1:49.67).

    LSU began the meet with a win in the 200-medley relay. The team of Rysemus, Alvarado Jiminez, Alex Linge and Saco finished in 1:30.41. The team of Linge, Saco, Tyler Crosson and Gonzalez finished first in the 400 freestyle relay with a mark of 3:03.36.

    In the diving events, senior Sean McKinney earned a second place finish on the 1-meter with a score of 349.35. McKinney also placed third on 3-meter with a final score of 360.23.

    Senior Kevin Leong finished fifth on 3-meter (328.35) and 1-meter (312.68).

    Freshman Zakary Rowton scored a season high score of 339.38 for a fourth place finish on 3-meter. Rowton also finished sixth on 1-meter with a score of 275.85.

    “I liked the spirit of what we showed to day,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “I expected things to be more challenging after such a hard grueling schedule. We were just really tired. I wanted to challenge them to perform in that environment. The mistakes you usually make in competition are because you are tired. It was a challenge today, but there were some good things out there.”

    Both the men’s and women’s team return to the pool Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. when they face Oklahoma Baptist in the LSU Relays

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    Auburn swimming and diving falls at No. 2/8 Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas -- The Auburn swimming and diving team fell to No. 2/8 Texas in its final non-conference dual meet of the sason on Thursday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

    The loss marked the first of the season in dual meet action for the 14th-ranked Auburn women (3-1) as the Tigers were defeated by the Longhorns 168.5-129.5. The loss also snapped the Tigers' streak of 10 straight dual meet wins dating back to the 2011-12 season.

    Texas' men downed Auburn (2-2) 162.5-132.5 as the team's meet for the 25th time. The Tigers swept the relay events and got a pair of victories from senior Marcelo Chierighini and freshman Joe Patching.

    "I definitely thought there was some good swimming, we were rusty in some areas since we haven't raced since the end of November," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. "We practiced through a huge training block and I think that was showing in some of the kids today, but there was definitely some fight out there. I thought as a team we stuck together really well."

    Auburn's men won seven events in Thursday's dual versus the Longhorns, while the women picked up six victories. Auburn's relay squads combined to win three of the four relays on Thursday.

    Three Tigers returned to their home state on Thursday as Jillian Vitarius, Jordan Jones and Sarah Peterson competed for Auburn. Peterson won the 200 fly and finished second in the 400 IM. Vitarius picked up a win in the 200 free, while Jones finished second in the men's 400 IM.

    "I was really happy with our three Texas kids. I thought they performed well in their home state," Hawke said.

    The Auburn women opened up the meet with a second-place finish behind the foursome of Emily Bos, Annie Lazor, Megan Fonteno and Allyx Purcell (1:40.47).

    The Tiger men won the 200 medley relay with a 1:28.88 behind Joe Patching, Michael Duderstadt, Marcelo Chierighini and James Disney-May.

    In the women's 200 free relay, group of Purcell, Bos, Fonteno and Aubrey Peacock guided the Tigers to a win in the 200 women's relay, finishing at 1:31.40.

    In the men's 200 free relay, the quartet of Chierighini, Disney-May, TJ Leon and Kyle Darmody went 1:19.05 to take first in the final event of the day.

    Freshman Ashley Neidigh earned her second win of the season in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:01.69. Siena DeVenuto finished sixth at 10:30.90.

    Senior Zane Grothe picked up a third-place finish with a swim of 9:30.09, while sophomore Tommy McKee was sixth at 9:40.51.

    In the women's 200 free, Haley Krakoski's 1:49.45 led the way for the Tigers, finishing third. Jillian Vitarius was fifth in the 200, swimming 1:53.07.

    McKee was Auburn's top-finisher, taking fifth with a time of 1:41.91.

    Neidigh continued her strong performance in the distance events and placed third in the women's 500 free with a 4:57.89.

    Grothe took third in the men's 500 free, recording a time of 4:35.26. McKee was fifth at 4:37.45.

    Freshman Allyx Purcell (22.94) was second in the women's 50 freestyle, while the senior pair of Haley Krakoski (23.28) and Megan Fonteno (23.64) finished third and tied for fourth, respectively.

    Senior Marcelo Chierighini claimed his first win of the day in the men's 50 free, taking first with a time of 19.90. Chierighini's victory was his fourth in the 50 free this season. The senior also claimed the men's 100 free after the meet's first break, posting a time of 43.20. Fellow senior James Disney-May was second at 44.34 to cap off a 1-2 finish for Auburn.

    In the women's 100 free, the Tigers swept the event as senior Emily Bos (50.00) took first, Krakoski (50.18) was second, while freshman Allyx Purcell (50.43) earned a third-place finish.

    Senior Emily Bos took the win in the women's 100 back at 53.41, while Sarah Reynolds took fourth place with a swim of 56.09.

    Freshman Joe Patching earned his second straight win the 100 back (48:09), while another freshman, Kyle Darmody, picked up a third-place finish with a time of 48.60.

    The Tigers took first and third in the women's 200 back as Jillian Vitarius posted her second win of the year in the event, with a swim of 1:56.67. Aubrey Peacock provided the Tigers with a third-place finish at 2:01.06 over Sarah Reynolds, who came in fourth at 2:01.09.

    In the men's 200 back, Patching was out-touched at the wall by Texas' Jack Conger to finish second at 1:44.89.

    Auburn picked up a 1-2 finish in the women's 200 fly as Sarah Peterson won with a time of 2:00.95, while Merritt claimed second at 2:02.94.

    On the men's side, Arthur Mendes was second at 1:50.16 in the 200 fly. Allen Browning took fourth with a mark of 1:50.61.

    Mendes claimed second in the longer of the two fly events with a 1:50.16. Texas' John Marten was first with 1:46.72. Allen Browning was fourth at 1:50.61, while Alexander Hancock took fifth at 1:51.16.

    Olivia Scott picked up her first victory of the season in the women's 100 fly, posting a time of 54.25.

    In his first appearance of the year in the 400 IM, Joe Patching won the race down the stretch with a 3:54.17. Jordan Jones took second with a 3:55.52.

    On the women's side, Peterson continued her strong performance of the day in the 400 IM with a time of 4:19.32 for second.

    Junior Cinzia Calabretta finished fourth for the Tigers in the women's 1-meter competition with a 276.68 to lead the way for Auburn. Carly Scheper finished sixth for the Tigers at 270.08.

    In men's 1-meter competition, Fraser McKean was the top finisher for the Tigers, taking fourth at 359.93, just 1.5 points out of third.

    Morgan Mullins turned in a personal best in the women's 3-meter event, finishing fifth with 292.28.

    John Santeiu IV took second for Auburn in the men's 3-meter with a score of 394.65, while McKean finished third at 383.33.

    Auburn returns to conference action on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Florida. The meet is set to begin at noon. The Tigers host South Carolina for Senior Day at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on Feb. 1.

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