Distance Depth Helps Auburn Men Squeak Out Split with Alabama

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Mikkel Gadgaard; Photo Courtesy: Auburn Athletics

Distance Depth Helps Auburn Men Squeak Out Split with Alabama

Auburn’s distance depth led the Tigers to a four-point victory over rival Alabama in a dual meet Saturday. It allowed the Iron Bowl rivals to split the meet, with the Alabama women getting a decisive win on Senior Day in Tuscaloosa.

  • Men: Auburn 152, Alabama 148
  • Women: Alabama 161, Auburn 139

Aryan Makhija edged teammate Michael Bonson by eight hundredths of a second to win the men’s 1,000 free. Bonson got the win over Mikkel Gadgaard in the 500 free. Grant Davis was third in both races, points the Eagles would desperately need down the stretch. Gadgaard also won the 200 free.

Aidan Stoffle won the 100 backstroke for the Tigers, .01 ahead of Matthew Menke. Auburn took both butterfly races, with Matthew Yish winning the 100 and Mason Mathias the 200.

Alabama finished strong but couldn’t quite close the gap. Derek Maas (1:47.77) led a 1-2-3 result in the 200 IM, then the Tide won the 400 free relay with the foursome of Tyler Sesvold, Menke, Kaique Alves and Jonathan Berneburg. But those 25 points in the last two events were not enough.

Maas had earlier won the 100 breaststroke and 200 breast. Alves won the 100 free by a tenth ahead of Stoffle, and Menke claimed a tight race in the 200 back.

The squads split diving, with Alabama’s Kevin Li winning the 1-meter and Conner Pruitt claiming the 3-meter for Auburn.

On the women’s side, Alabama’s seniors did plenty of celebrating. Kensey McMahon won the 1,000 free, then finished second to classmate Morgan Scott in the 200 and later took first in the 500 free. Scott also won the 100 free and was part of the winning 200 medley relay.

Joining her was Rhyan White, the American Olympian who won three events Saturday. She claimed the 100 back in 53.09 seconds, the 200 back (1:54.93) and the 100 fly (53.86).

Freshman Avery Wiseman swept the 100 breast and 200 breast to go with the medley relay leg. The relay anchor, Kalia Antoniou, won the 50 free in 22.57 and was third in the 100 free. Tanesha Lucoe swept the diving victories.

Avery Bargeron won the 200 fly for Auburn in a 1-2 with Hannah Ownbey. Carly Cummings claimed the 200 IM.

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Zane
4 months ago

You called the Auburn Tigers the Eagles?!