AU Swimmers Setting Records at SEC Meet

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn men's and women's swimming teams got off to a great start on day three of the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships and kept the pressure on their opponents with a big finish on Friday night.

Going into Saturday's final day of competition at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center, the Auburn women are making a strong run for the title. Auburn clipped 33 points off Florida's day two lead and the Tigers are only eight points behind the Gators and are27.5 points ahead of No. 1 ranked Georgia.

The Auburn men put the hammer down on Friday and have left second place Florida in their wake by building their lead to 182.5 points. The Tigers are in excellent shape to win their 13 consecutive SEC title.

Going into the final day of competition, in the women's events Florida has 534 points and is followed by Auburn at 526, Georgia at 498, Tennessee at 279.5, Alabama at 210, Arkansas at 191, South Carolina at 175, Kentucky at 155, LSU at 152 and Vandy at 56.

In the men's competition, Auburn has 588.5 points and is followed by Florida at 405, Tennessee at 397.5, Georgia at 287.5, LSU at 237, Alabama at 195, Kentucky at 191.5. 8 and South Carolina at 126.

Both the Auburn men and women left the pool with tremendous momentum on Friday night.

In the final event of the night, the Auburn women's 400 medley relay team team featuring Rachel Goh, Micah Lawrence, Ava Ohlgren and Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace set an SEC record time of 3:31.28.

That swim came immediately after the Auburn men's 400 medley relay team set an SEC record in the event at 3:04.58. Pascal Wollach, Adam Klein, Logan Madson and Matt Targettt smoked the field with runnerup Georgia nearly five seconds off the winning pace.

Auburn's start on Friday night was just as impressive as Ohlgren broke her own SEC record in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:03.70, the second fastest time ever in the event. It was the fifth SEC title for the two-time NCAA champion and it was a 10th straight year an Auburn swimmer has won the event at the SEC meet.

Triple Olympic medal winner Targett won the 100-yard butterfly in an SEC record of 45.02, breaking the mark of 45.60 held by former Auburn star Alexei Puninski. It was the fifth fastest time ever in the event. Teammates Logan Anderson (45.70) and Tyler McGill (46.00) placed second and third while Tigers Logan Madson (46.10) and Jakob Andkjaer (46.49) took the fifth and seventh places in the point-rich event for the Tigers.

Another Tiger, Pascal Wollach won an individual title with a pool record time of 46.04 in the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Kohlton Norys (46.48) placed third followed by sophomore Jared White (47.46) in seventh.

For the women sophomore Caitlin Geary won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:43.17 for a new Auburn record.

Auburn team members cheer during the backstroke competition on Friday night.

In the men's 100 breaststroke sophomore Adam Klein swam the third fastest time in AU history to take second place in 52.73.

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