Auburn tankers sweep LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. (auburntigers.com) – Another dual meet, another sweep. For the third time in three tries, Auburn’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs both posted dual meet wins on Friday, traveling to Baton Rouge and defeating conference foe LSU. The 10th-ranked women’s team won 162-138 while the No. 10 men’s team won 153-147.
“I’m really proud of the way the team responded to adversity today,” Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. “It was one of those fourth-quarter comebacks that you have in football. We were definitely tested but we stuck together, found a way to win some close races at the end and come away with the win.”
Auburn found itself in a battle throughout the night as it won eight events in the men’s lanes and eight in the women’s lanes.
“The theme today was versatility,” associate head coach Lauren Hancock said. “(Assistant coach) Tyler (McGill) addressed the team after the meet and asked anyone who got fourth or fifth-place today to raise their hand. We had more people get fourth or fifth place than we had winners and the fourth and fifth place people won the meet for us. If those same people had gotten fifth or sixth, we wouldn’t have won either the men’s or women’s meet.”
Luis Martinez (100 & 200 fly) and Joe Patching (200 back, 200 IM) each won two events for the men while Peter Holoda and Zach Apple went 1-2 in both the 50 and 100 freestyles.
In the women’s races Erin Falconer (200 free, 200 back) and Zoe Thatcher (100 back, 500 free) were multiple event winners. Falconer’s 200 free win was part of a 1-2-3 sweep in the event with Aly Tetzloff, who won the 100 fly, and Julie Meynen, who won the 100 free, touched behind her.
In the diving well, Alison Maillard and Maddie Cox combined for a 1-2 showing on both boards.
“I was pleased with our effort,” diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. “Alison showed improvement on 3-meter in improving her level of consistency and it’s always great to come away with two wins. Overall we’re getting better but still have a long way to go to reach our true potential.”
Auburn returns home for its next dual meet, playing host to Alabama on Friday, Nov. 4. Diving begins at 2 p.m. and swimming at 3 p.m. Admission to the meet is free. The meet also coincides with the Beat Bama Food Drive and fans are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate at the doors.