Longhorns End AU's Dual Meet Streak

An Auburn University swimming and diving report is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--The No. 1 ranked University of Texas men's swimming team outscored Auburn 130-113 on Thursday, ending Auburn's dual meet victory streak at 44.

Auburn's last dual meet setback took place five years ago to the day when the Tigers lost to the Longhorns.

The Auburn women's team had more success. In its first ever dual meet vs. the Lady Longhorns, the defending national champions took a 140-91 victory Thursday night.

"It was pretty much what we anticipated," Auburn coach David Marsh said of the men's competition. "We knew it was going to be a tough meet for us. Texas just has a lot of front-line guys and they swam well. We swam pretty well. We needed a few more breaks and we needed a few more guys to step up, but I think we learned a lot, and this time of the season that's what you're looking for."

Marsh, whose team is the defending NCAA Champion, predicts Texas will be a tough opponent at this year's national meet.

Auburn women's team co-head coach, Dorsey Tierney-Walker, said, "The people that have done a nice job the last month or so it's really starting to pay off for them. There are still some others that need to improve in the next month or so and I think they will, but top to bottom we were very solid."

Steve Segerlin was the standout for the Tigers in the men's competition, winning the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions. Dan Mazzaferro placed second in the one-meter event with a zone qualifying score of 303.22. Four Tigers posted zone qualifying totals in the three-meter, led by Segerlin's 380.62. Kelly Marx placed second at 350.02, Mazzafarro was third at 342.07 and Scott Morgan took fourth 333.74 for the AU sweep.

"Overall, I was fairly pleased," said Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer. "We have some work to do in some areas, but Steve was real consistent, winning both events. I thought our freshmen would've performed a little bit better on the one-meter, but I'm happy with the basic results because they've never been put in a pressure situation before, and that's great for them to experience."

Alexei Puninski was the only Tiger to win an individual swimming race with his time of 20.27 in the 50 freestyle. He also contributed to AU's victory in the 400 freestyle relay as he joined Bryan Lundquist, Jakob Andkjaer and Scott Goodrich.

The men's team will return to action on Friday, Jan. 19th at 3 p.m. vs. visiting Florida.

Emily Kukors and Adrienne Binder won two individual events for Auburn with one ‘A' cut and one ‘B' cut performance while Kukors also anchored a relay to a provisional qualifying mark. Kukors posted her automatic qualifying time in the 200 freestyle, winning the event in 1:46.79, while Kristin Hastrup's second-place time of 1:50.08 met the ‘B' cut.

Kukors also won the 100 freestyle with a ‘B' cut mark of 50.18 seconds while Kara Denby was third with a provisional qualifying time of 50.91.

Binder led Auburn to a sweep of the top four spots in the 1650 freestyle cruising to victory with a ‘A' cut time of 16:01.35 while Hayley Peirsol (16:24.63), Chelsea Haser (16:51.02) and Maggie Bird (16:51.51) all met the provisional qualifying mark finishing second, third and fourth.

Binder also won the 500 free with a ‘B' cut mark of 4:47.31 while Ava Ohlgren met the ‘B' cut standard with a second-place time of 4:52.64 and Bird was third in 4:57.93.

In the 400 individual medley Ohlgren had an ‘A' cut performance with a winning time of 4:15.01 while Julie Stupp finished second in 4:19.99 and Anne Amardeilh was third in 4:22.86, both posting ‘B' cut times. Stupp also posted a ‘B' cut time in the 200 breaststroke, winning the exhibition event in 2:15.90.

Hastrup met the ‘A' cut mark in the 200 butterfly, winning the event with a time of 1:58.50, while Tawnie Bethune placed second with a ‘B' cut time of 2:00.49.

In the 200 back, Julianne McLane met the ‘B' cut mark with a winning time of 1:59.33, while Rachel Goh was second in 2:01.78.

Auburn took the top three spots in the 50 freestyle as Emile Ewing won in 23.53 seconds followed by Denby (23.63) and Melissa Marik (24.10).

In the 400 medley relay, Goh, Stupp, Ohlgren and Kukors posted a ‘B' cut time of 3:41.42. Goh, Ewing, Marik and Denby won an exhibition 200 free relay in 1:34.12 to finish the meet.

In the diving events, Corey Lynn Gerlach had the high score of 325.35 in the three-meter diving, but competed for exhibition only.

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