Texas To Challenge AU Winning Streak

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's defending national champion men's and women's swimming and diving teams are expected to face serious challenges in dual meet competitions on Thursday at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.

The men's meet starts at 3 p.m. as third-ranked Auburn looks for its 45 straight dual meet victory. The Texas men are currently ranked No. 1 nationally. Auburn hasn't lost a dual meet since Texas defeated Auburn in January 2001. AU has won its last five dual meets vs. the Longhorns, who finished fourth at the 2006 NCAA Championships.

The women's meet follows the men's competition. The Auburn women are also ranked third nationally while Texas is 12th.

Auburn has an 11-6 record all-time in dual meets vs. the Texas men. This is the first time the women's teams have squared off in a dual meet.

"The men's meet should be really interesting," says AU coach David Marsh. "If we can counterbalance their top folks with really strong depth, we'll have a chance. We should do well in the diving events, and that will help a lot. We're just looking to see who will step up amongst our younger guys.

"We're really excited about having a whole event with both the men and women on Thursday, and it should be world class swimming. It's going to be a lot of fun and it should be a terrific five or six hours of events.

"We should do very well in the women's meet," Marsh adds. "Our seniors are coming together very nicely. It should be an interesting meet and you should see some national caliber if not world class times."

Kim Brackin

The Texas teams have a strong Auburn flavor. UT men's coach Eddie Reese is the former head coach of the AU men's team from 1973-78 and Kim Brackin is the former co-head coach of the AU women's teams from 2003-2005. Brackin came to AU as an assistant in 1997.

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