Scott, Dantin Lead Tigers At NCAA Swimming

A report on day two of the NCAA Women's Swimming And Diving Championship is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Sophomore Oliva Scott led Auburn on the second night of the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships with a second place in the 100 butterfly, but the Tigers fell three spots to eighth place.

Going into Saturday's competition, the final day of the three-day event, Cal leads with 311 points. Georgia is second with 247 points followed by Arizona and Southern Cal with 226 apiece. Stanford is fifth with 222 followed by Tennessee (186), Texas A&M (185), Auburn (184), Texas (146) and Arizona State (99).

Scott's time of 51.61 was bettered only by Cal's Sara Isakovic, who won the event with a time of 51.49. Scott had the fastest time of the day in winning the prelims with a school-record time of 51.46. Her second place finish was worth 17 points for the Tigers.

"It was really exciting," Scott said. We were all going in there wanting to win. There were so many great athletes in that heat. I was happy with the outcome of it.

"I was just trying to stay calm," the sophomore added. "At SECs I was getting really nervous before each race, but I was just tyring to stay calm and not worry about what everyone else was doing around me. I've been working on it, just taking deep breaths, nothing really that special. I was trying to keep to myself and swim my own race."

Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace finished fifth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.79 to score 14 points. The senior was also faster in the prelims with a time of 51.57.

Auburn picked up 30 points in the opening event on Friday night, the 200 medley relay with a fourth place finish in a time of 1:36.19. Sophomore Emily Bos, freshman Abigail Duncan, Scott and Vanderpool-Wallace swam for the Tigers.

Cal won the event with an NCAA record time of 1:34.24.

Senior Vennie Dantin continued to dive well for the Tigers. She finished fourth in the three-meter springboard competition with 379.55 points, just .20 points out of third place. Texas A&M's Jaele Patrick finished first with a score of 410.15 points.

"I'm extremely happy with how I've placed thus far," Dantin said. "The springboards are always where it's really competitive. On three-meter I had a little lower (degree of difficulty) than some of the girls with their pike list and my tuck list, but it was all about staying calm, deep breaths and having fun with it. I'm just excited about the overall finish."

Both of Dantin's springboard scores were school records. "It means so much," she said. "Last year I didn't do so well on three-meter as I would have liked. I'm really excited about the improvement and that it is at my home pool makes it that much more special."

Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said, "It was just a great performance right from dive one. She stepped up and was competitive on every one of her dives. Another new school record on her last three-meter event. I just couldn't be more proud of her."

Dantin, who finished third in the one-meter competition on Thursday night, will be in action on the platform on Saturday.

NCAA Swimming, Day 2 Results


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