PHOENIX, Arizona, January 11. AUBURN'S men's and women's teams had no problem against the Texas Longhorns yesterday, beating both teams and continuing an unbeaten season. The men's meet was highlighted by Marcelo Chierighini's 19.87 in the 50 free and 43.57 in the 100 free, as well as Texas freshman John Marten's 1:49.4 to win the 200 fly. On the women's side, Laura Sogar had no problem dispatching of Olympian Micah Lawrence in the 200 breast, swimming a 2:10.32 to Lawrence's 2:12.16. The Auburn men won with a score of 166-132, while the Auburn women beat Texas 153-145.
The University of Michigan will hold a dual meet against Eastern Michigan today, and the pool will be set up for racing in 20 yards instead of 25 yards. Michigan coach Mike Bottom came up with the idea as a way for the teams to chase old AAU records that hadn't been valid since 1967, which certainly gives all of the swimmers an advantage. Goggles weren't worn in 1967, pools were wavier, suits were different and strokes were definitely different 46 years ago. For example, Steve Clark had the 20-yard course American record in the 100-yard freestyle in 1967 with a 46.3. Surely even after a couple of weeks of tough training half the 100 free field can do that time no problem. We'll bring you the results of the meet on swimmingworld.com. Michigan will follow that up with a regular 25-yard dual meet against Purdue tomorrow.
Also tomorrow is a Division II tri-meet hosted by UC San Diego and featuring Missouri Science and Technology, and the University of the Incarnate Word. The race to follow will be the men's 200 breast, which will feature Incarnate Word's Thiago Parravicini in his first race since breaking the NCAA record in this event three weeks ago with a 1:54.67. It's not likely that he'll be in form to chase that record tomorrow, but it will be a great race with him and UCSD's Nick Korth, who will be a challenger in the 200 breast final in March.
This weekend, SwimmingWorld.TV is at Rutgers University for the Cerave Invitational, and we are bringing you the live stream of all sessions on the event's landing page throughout the day, and the live stream of finals will be on our home page at swimmingworld.com each night. You'll be able to see some top flight swims from two Olympians. Lia Neal will be a standout in the sprint events for Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics, while Katie Ledecky will be doing her thing in the middle distance and distance events for Nation's Capital Swim Team. It's always a great event, and we are proud to bring it to you live.