Another Title for Auburn Swimmer

Auburn junior Adrianna Vanderpool-Wallace left no doubt that she is the fastest collegiate women's swimmer this season.

Austin, Tex.--Auburn junior Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace won her second sprint title at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships taking the 100 freestyle on Saturday night.

As a team the Tigers had a disappointing meet finishing eighth with 202 points. Cal took its second team title with 424 points scored during the three-day event.

SEC champion Georgia was the runnerup with 394 1/2 points while Southern Cal was third with 351 and Stanford took fourth place with 272 points.

Vanderpool-Wallace's victory was no surprise. At the SEC Championships this year she set the NCAA record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.81. In the prelims on Saturday she set the pool record with a time of 46.91 and in the finals the Auburn junior swam 47.07 to take a comfortable victory over senior Kate Dwelley of Stanford who swam 47.78.

"It feels awesome," Vanderpool-Wallace said of her second individual title. "I've been working hard on my sprint events, the 50 and 100, so to come up with the national championship in both is pretty great. I knew I was going to have to do whatever I could to get my hand on the wall first. It was eight great girls in that race so it was tough.

Vanderpool-Wallace scored 20 points for the team with her victory and Auburn senior Caitlin Geary added four points in the event with a fifth-place finish in the consolation final with a time of 48.51.

In the final event of the competition, Vanderpool-Wallace just missed her NCAA record by swimming a time of 46.82 on the opening leg of the 400 freestyle relay. The Tigers took second in the race as Georgia caught Auburn freshman Emily Bos on the fourth and final leg of the relay to win in an American record time of 3:11.03. Auburn swam a time of 3:11.70 to score 34 points in the relay.

Geary swam the second leg of the 400 freestyle relay for the Tigers while sophomore Hannah Riordan swam the third leg.

On Wednesday night Vanderpool-Wallace proved she was the fastest athlete in women's college swimming by taking the 50 freestyle.

"Arianna has been so focused all year and she's wanted to win this from the very first workout," Auburn coach Brett Hawke saif of her 100 title. "Once she sets her mind on something, it's hard to stop her with that kind of determination. She was going to be tough to stop tonight."

Vennie Dantin scored 13 points for the Tigers with a sixth place in the 10-meter diving competition. She finished with a score of 311.75. Brittany Viola of Miami won the event with a total of 354.25.

Commenting on the team's peformance, Hawke said, "It was a tough meet. Top to bottom there was some serious competition. I can't say enough about our senior class. They have given this program so much over the years and I can't express the gratitude that we as a staff feel for their efforts. Arianna getting the win in the 100 free was a big result--the first in school history. Vennie Dantin up on the platform finishing sixth was huge for us as well."

Commenting on Dantin, Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said, "It was a great meet for her. Sixth on one-meter and sixth on the tower is a fantastic showing. She hit three outstanding dives to start the finals, but got a little anxious with the kickout on her fourth dive and didn't quite finish it the way we wanted it to. It was a great contest."

The SEC champion Auburn men's team begins competition at the NCAA meet on Thursday in Minneapolis.


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