Tiger Swimmers 5th at NCAA Championships

A report on the Auburn women's swimming and diving team is featured.

College Station, Tex.--Defending national champion Arizona is the leader after the first day of three days of competition at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships where the Auburn Tigers are in fifth place after Thursday's events.

Auburn's score of 91.5 points puts the Tigers behind Arizona (141.4), Georgia (133), California (126) and Stanford (105) in the competition on the campus of Texas A&M.

Arizona set the tone for the first evening of competition by winning the 200 freestyle relay to take the lead. Auburn finished third in a time of 1:27.48, just .03 off the school record the Tigers set in the prelims. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (22.10), Emily Ewing (21.81), Melissa Marik (21.90) and Caitlin Geary (21.67) swam for the Tigers.

Magggie Bird set an Auburn record of 4:36.62 in preliminaries of the 500 freestyle. The junior finished third in the finals with a time of 4:36.89. Georgia's Allison Schmitt swam 4:35.17 to win the race.

Junior Ava Ohlgren was not able to defend her NCAA title in the 200 individual medley finals as she was third despite swimming her best time of the season in 1:54.08. Stanford's Julia Smit set an NCAA record to win the event in 1:52.79.

The Tigers lost ground to the leaders in the last event of the evening, the 400 medley relay. Auburn didn't make the "A" finals, but scored 18 points for winning the consolation finals for ninth place despite having the fourth fastest overall time in the finals. That time would given them team an extra 12 points if AU had qualified for the "A" finals.

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