The Auburn men are poised to win their 12th consecutive SEC swimming title; the Auburn women lead their title race, but are locked in a dogfight with Florida.
Auburn’s men extended their lead and the women surged into first place Friday in the Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships in Tuscaloosa.
The Tigers won eight titles on the day, four by the men and four by the women. With 597 points, the men lead second-place Florida by 150 points and are virtually assured of their 12th consecutive SEC championship. The women, with 492 points, are 16 points ahead of second-place Florida.
“I’m thrilled at how we brought our ‘A Game’ today, but we still have one more day,” said co-head women’s coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker. “Tomorrow is a really important session for us.”
Auburn coach Richard Quick said the men took care of business to put themselves in position to run away with the championship.
“We really had a good day,” Quick said. “Our guys really stepped up today, and I’m proud of them.”
No, that is not a misprint: the men have won 11 (eleven) consecutive conference championships and, barring a total collapse, will win their 12th (an even dozen).
Update 2/23: The men and women both won their championships!
The men’s team entered the final day of competition at Alabama’s Don Gambril Olympic Pool with a 150-point lead over Florida, its nearest competitor, cruising to a total of 806 points to beat out the Gators by 144 to win the championship.
Auburn’s women trailed after the first two days of competition, but took the lead from Florida on Friday night. The Tigers maintained that lead throughout Saturday’s finals, finishing with 761.5 points to Florida’s 706.