Tigers Extend Lead at SEC Swimming and Diving

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn men's team extended its lead in day two of the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships with its sprinters leading the charge

The highlight of Thursday night was a one-two-three-four sweep for the Tigers in the 50-yard freestyle as Matt Targett won the event with a time of 18.52, the second fastest in NCAA history behind former Tiger and Olympic gold medal winner Cesar Cielo's winning time of 18.47 at the 2008 NCAA meet.

The Auburn men have scored 329.5 points. Tennessee is second with 260.

The Auburn women's team, which was sparked by Ava Ohlgren's third SEC title in the 200 individual medley, is in third place with 254 points. Florida is in first with 312 and number one ranked Georgia is second with 260.5. Ohlgren's time of 1:55.18 was a James E. Martin Aquatics Center record.

In the men's 50 freestyle senior Jakob Andkajaer was second in 19.05 followed by two more Tigers, junior Gideon Louw in 19.28 and sophomore Kholton Norys at 19.51. Those three Tigers joined Targett to easily win the 200 freestyle relay to close Thursday's competition.

"Matt is definitely going fast," said Auburn co-head men's coach Brett Hawke. "He can go faster. We shaved him down for this meet, but we didn't rest him. He's definitely got more in him. He's been working hard all year. I'm certain he's going to go under that record."

Another highlight for Auburn on day two was junior Dan Mazzaferro winning the three-meter diving competition with a score of 420.90 with teammate Kelly Marx second at 418.05 with a career-best score.

AU diving coach Jeff Shaffer said, "Awesome, just awesome. What a great contest that was. You had to fight and claw for every point. Nobody had it won until the very last dive was done."

The competition in Auburn will continue through Saturday night as the AU men's team goes for a 13th consecutive SEC title.

Men's Scoring

Auburn 329.5

Tennessee 260

Florida 246

Georgia 152.5

Alabama 146

LSU 124

Kentucky 120

South Carolina 61

Women's Scoring

Florida 312

Georgia 260.5

Auburn 254

Tennessee 155.5

South Carolina 131

Alabama 120

Arkansas 115

Kentucky 105

LSU 84

Vanderbilt 42

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