2008 Auburn Tigers Swimming and Diving
Auburn Tigers men's Swimming and Diving team enjoyed another two seasons of tremendous success in 2007 and 2008.The Tigers won its fifth straight national championship in 2007.
Auburn's men's team finished the year ranked #1 nationally. It was also the year of rewards for the individual performances.The Auburn men's swimming and diving team head coach David Marsh was named NCAA Division I Men's Swimming Coach of the Year.The top performer Cesar Cielo was the NCAA Division I Men's Swimmer of the Year and Steven Segerlin was named NCAA Division I Men's Diver of the Year. In 2008 The Auburn men's swimming and diving team won its 12th-straight SEC championship and became fifth in NCAA with 316 points.Once again the key performer of the team was Auburn junior Cesar Cielo,who set new Auburn, NCAA and U.S. Open records. Cielo set a new records in the 50 freestyle, clocking an 18.47, breaking his former record of 18.69. In the upcoming 2009 season the Tigers will aim to extend their dominance under the head coach Richard Quick.
Last Season's Discussion:
Auburn Tigers Swimming and Diving is far and away the best, not just in the SEC, but in the Nation. Once again, the Auburn Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving teams each won their respective NCAA National Championship's in 2007. The latest national polls have Auburn's men's team ranked #1 nationally, and their women's team ranked #1.
In October 2007, it was announced that 5 members (past and present) of the Tigers' swimming and diving team had earned places on the USA Swimming National Team.
Scott Goodrich, who finished third at the World University Games for the 50m free and had a time of 22.39 was selected to be on Team USA. Goodrich was a member of the Auburn Tigers swimming and diving team during the summer of 2007. Also on the team is Emily Kukors whom was selected due to her second-place finish at the Pan Am Games 200m IM. Kukors had a time of 2:13.88 for that competition.
Then, there are three former Auburn Tigers swimming and diving athletes who have been selected to be on the 2007 USA Swimming National Team. Margaret Hoelzer whom won the bronze medal at the FINA World Championships by finishing with a time of 2:07.70 in the 200m back. Also there is Mark Gangloff whom had a time of 1:01.24 at the Pan Am Games for the 100m breast which awarded him the silver medal for the competition. Lastly former Auburn swim team member Eric Shanteau who was a runner-up in the 200m breast, with a time of 2:10.65, at Nationals.
In order to be selected by the USA Swimming National Team one must have a time which is in the top six of the Olympic events from of the following in the previous year: World Championships, Pan-American Games, World University Games, or the U.S. Nationals.
On October 19th the Auburn Tigers swimming and diving season will open the War Eagle Invitational at James E. Martin Aquatic Center in Arizona. The Invitational will last until the 21st. The Southeastern Conference Championship for the Auburn Tigers swimming and diving team will be on February 20th and lasting until the 23rd. The Championship will last three days and will be held at the University of Alabama which is located in Tuscaloosa. The Auburn Tigers swimming and diving team has won 17 Southeastern Conference titles in the span of the team's history.
The season wrap up will be the James E. Martin Invitational on March 9th. From there the Tigers' women's team will visit Columbus, Ohio in order to participate in the NCAA Championship scheduled for the 20th of March and lasting until the 22nd. It will be held at the McCorkle Aquatic Center on the Ohio State University Campus. The Auburn Tigers swimming and diving men's team will head off towards Federal Way in Washington to take place in the NCAA Championships at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center on the 27th of March and lasting until the 29th.
Other meets throughout the season include a dual match with Tennessee and Texas which takes place on the 10th of January. Head Coach, Richard Quick, says that this match is a good indicator of how the season will go and just what kind of shape the team is in this year.
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