Auburn, AL – The Auburn Tigers defeated the Florida Gators Saturday afternoon in the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The women won 11 events to win 177-123, moving their record to 5-0, and 3-0 in the SEC. The men won eight events to win 159-135, placing their record at 3-1, and 2-0 for the conference. The Auburn men are currently ranked 4th and the women are ranked 6th.
“These were two totally different meets,” said Head Coach David Marsh. “The women came out and took control of the meet. This competition was good because it allowed us to work on our versatility as a team since there were some races here that we haven’t swum so far this season.”
Junior Brook Monroe took control of the breaststroke winning both the 100-yard and 200-yard events. She swam a 1:02.13 in the 100 breast, which is an automatic qualifying time for NCAA’s, and her time of 2:17.07 in the 200 is a provisional qualifying time.
Senior Katie Ryan won the 100-yard back in 55.06, while senior Mimi Bowen swam a 2:00.63 in the 200-yard fly, both are B-standard qualifying time. Also, senior Rada Owen won the 200-yard free with a time of 1:47.43, a NCAA A-standard time.
“Our men came out slow and Florida came out and surprised us. We knew we had to turn up the enthusiasm, and that’s exactly what we did,” said Marsh.
Seniors Matt Busbee and Aaron Ciarla tied for first in the 50-yard free with a time of 20.20, while Carter Hull swam 48.63, winning the 100-yard fly. Junior Greg Busse won the 100-yard free in 44.58, while junior Jeff Somensatto went 1:46.94 to win the 200-yard back. Sophomore Kirk Hampleman won the 400 IM in 3:54.41, and junior Dave Denniston swept the 100-yard and 200-yard breast in 54.92 and 1:59.19 respectively. All of these winning times provisionally qualify these men for the NCAA Championships.
The Tiger men and women will compete again on Friday, January 28, 2000 at 5 p.m. against the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Martin Aquatics Center. Admission to the meet is free.