Tigers Hold On for 2nd at NCAA Swimming

Auburn came up short in its bid to win a third straight women's swimming and diving national championship.

Columbus, Ohio--After building a virtually insurmountable lead going into the final day of competition, the Arizona Wildcats denied the Auburn Tigers a third straight NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships title.

Arizona enjoyed a comfortable winning margin with 484 points after the final event on Saturday night. The Tigers were second with 348. Stanford was third with 343, Texas A&M was fourth with 315 and Cal finished fifth with 291.

"I was really proud of them today," Auburn coach Richard Quick said. "We had a real tough day yesterday and today was a measure of everyone's character and I thought we stepped up real hard today. I am proud of this team both as athletes and as people."

Ava Ohlgren set a school record on Saturday night with her time of 1:54.64 in the 200 butterfly. That was the top performance for the Tigers on day three of the competition on the campus of Ohio State University.

"I felt great about that race," said Ohlgren. "I went out real smooth like in my 400 IM and my arms did not feel like they were going to fall off so I was happy about that."

Ohlgren also helped the Tigers by swimming on the 400 freestyle relay to close the meet. Auburn had to finish ahead of Stanford in the race to take second in the team competition and the Tigers were fourth while Stanford was fifth as Emily Kukors, Emile Ewing and Kara Denby swam the event.

Ava Ohlgren sets an Auburn record in the 200 butterfly on Saturday night.

Stanford, with Quick as head coach, was the last non-SEC team to win the NCAA women's title back in 1998. Auburn has won five of the last seven championships. Quick took over the Auburn program this year from David Marsh.

Denby set an Auburn record in the 100 freestyle prelims with a time of 47.92. The senior was fourth in the finals in a time of 48.20.

Sophomore Maggie Bird took fourth place in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 15:59.81.

"Our team showed great courage today," said co-head coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker. "When you come to NCAAs, number one it is about coming here and number two it is about fighting, fighting for points, and this team did that today. We told them before the session that today was less about the scoreboard and more about getting your hand on the wall and fighting and this team did that today."


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