"It was a great team effort and I'm really proud of the way they fought," Auburn coach Brett Hawke said. "Everybody stepped up and moved forward tonight and did what they needed to do. Tomorrow is a crucial morning for us. We need to bring our ‘A' game and compete."
Auburn's best showings were in the opening and final events of the night with second place finishes in both relays.
The 400 medley relay finished second to Cal. Pascal Wollach, Adam Klein, Tyler McGill and Gideon Louw combined for a season-best time of 3:05.24 to close day one's events.
In the opening event, the 200 freestyle relay of Adam Brown, McGill, Michael Silva and Louw finished second in 1:16.01 behind Cal.
The top individual performance was by sophomore Brown with a third place in the 50 freestyle in 19.03 while Lowe finished fifth in 19.14.
All-American diver Kelly Marx didn't qualify for the finals in the one-meter event and finished 11th.
"It was a very tough contest with more depth this year than last year," AU diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "Kelly stepped up in the consolation, moved up in two places and improved his score."