TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The Auburn Tigers continued to pull away from the field after day three of the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships Friday in the Alabama Aquatic Center. On the women’s side, Auburn holds a 492-476 lead over Florida through 29 events while the Auburn men have a 597-447 advantage over Florida.
“We really had a good day, our guys really stepped up,” Auburn men’s coach Richard Quick said. “I’m really proud of what everyone did today, swimmers and divers.”
Auburn concluded the evening by taking both 400 medley relays. The women turned in a SEC record time of 3:33.40 to beat out a 3:34.84 from the Florida team. In the men’s relay Auburn used a pool record time of 3:08.57 to beat out Tennessee's time of 3:09.54. The time by the Tigers was also the fastest time in the nation.
“I’m thrilled at how we brought our A Game’ today, but we still have one more day,” Auburn co-head women’s coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker said. “Tomorrow is a really important session for us.”
In the men’s platform competition Dan Mazzaferro of Auburn took the title with a total score of 444.65. Michael Neubacher of LSU took second with a score of 431.55. Stephen Andrews of Kentucky was third with a score of 397.30.
Michael Wolfe of Tennessee beat out Rexford Tullius and Kohlton Norys by less than a tenth of a second to claim the 100 backstroke title. Wolfe won with a time of 47.26 while Tullius of Florida was second with a time of 47.31. Norys was third with a time of 47.36.
Gemma Spofforth of Florida rallied off a SEC record time of 51.27 to beat Margo McCawley of Auburn (52.76) in the women’s 100 backstroke. Alek Putura of Georgia placed third with a time of 53.17.
Michael Silva of Auburn won the men’s 100 breaststroke in a time of 53.60. Will Vietti of Kentucky was second with a time of 53.76. Clark Burckle was third with a time of 53.87.
Kara Denby of Auburn turned in a new pool record time of 1:00.37 to claim the 100 breast title. Kelly McNichols of Georgia was second with a time of 1:00.43. Michele King of Tennessee was third with a time of 1:00.46.
Shaune Fraser of Florida won the title in the 200 free with a time of 1:34.23. Nolan Morrell of Tennessee was edged with a time of 1:34.29. Cesar Cielo of Auburn placed third with a time of 1:34.35.
Emily Kukors of Auburn turned in the second fastest time in the country and the sixth fastest 200 free ever to out-distance top qualifier Caroline Burckle of Florida. Kukors finished with a time of 1:43.47 while Burckle finished second with a time of 1:44.25. Chelsea Nauta of Georgia ends in third with a time of 1:46.32.
Alexei Puninski of Auburn set a SEC record in the 100 fly with a time of 45.60. Jordan Anderson finished second with a time of 46.88. Tyler McGill rounded out the top three with a time of 46.89.
Christine Magnuson of Tennessee continued her brilliance in Tuscaloosa by setting a new SEC record and in the 100 fly with a time of 51.00. Margo McCawley of Auburn finished second with a time of 53.22. Heather Bradford of Kentucky finished third with a time of 53.36.
Clark Burckle of Florida took advantage of entering with the top time by holding on to win the 400 IM with a 3:44.86. Sebastien Rouault of Georgia was second with a time of 3:45.56. Bradley Ally of Florida was third with a 3:46.00.
Ava Ohlgren of Auburn ran away from the field in the 400 IM, blistering the Alabama Aquatic Center with a new SEC record time of 4:05.78. The time was the second fastest swam in the nation. Stephanie Proud was second with a time of 4:11.58. Aleksa Akerfelds placed third with a time of 4:13.12.
The fourth and final day of the championships will begin with the women's 200 backstroke at 10 a.m. A total of six events are slated for tomorrow with the last event being the 400 free relay.