Alabama Women, Auburn Men Earn Victories in Split Dual Meet

by Anya Pelshaw 22

January 15th, 2022 College, News, SEC

Alabama Crimson Tide (women) Def. Auburn Tigers and Auburn (men) Def. Alabama 

  • Auburn vs. Alabama 
  • Alabama Aquatics Center, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • SCY (25 Yards)
  • Meet Mobile: “Alabama v Auburn”

The University of Alabama hosted Auburn University on Saturday, January 15th for senior day. Neither team suited up. On the women’s side, the Alabama women came out on top with a score of 161-139. The Auburn men came out with a close victory in a score of 152-148. 

Both teams had a scheduled meet for January 8th, but both meets ended up being canceled due to COVID-19. This was both team’s first season since their mid-season invites back at the end of November.

The meeting between the two teams has a long-standing history. The Auburn women lead the all-time series with 30 wins and 10 losses. The Auburn men also lead the series 32-18. Last season, the meet was canceled due to COVID-19. The most recent dual meet between the two teams was back in December 2019 when Auburn won both the men’s (175-125) and the women’s (169-131) meets. 

Women

The Alabama women won 13 out of 16 events. They were led by senior Rhyan White who had individual wins in the 100 backstroke (53.09), the 200 backstroke (1:54.93), and the 100 butterfly (53.86). White currently holds the #2 time in the NCAA this season in the 200 backstroke and the #3 time in the NCAA this season in the 100 backstroke. 

The Alabama senior class continued to make waves as both Kensey McMahon and Morgan Scott won two events. McMahon won both the 1000 freestyle (9:53.75) and the 500 freestyle (4:52.04). Scott won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:47.48 and the 100 freestyle in a time of 49.18. 

Alabama freshman Avery Wiseman won both the 100 (1:01.35) and the 200 (2:11.43) breaststrokes. Wiseman currently holds the #3 times in the NCAA this season in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. 

The Auburn women swept both the 200 butterfly and the 200 IM to keep the meet close. Freshman Avery Bargeron won the 200 butterfly (2:00.24) and was followed by sophomores Hannah Ownbey (2:02.57) and Elysse Pardus (2:02.95). Fifth year Carly Cummings led the way in the 200 IM (2:01.67) and was followed by sophomores Meghan Lee (2:02.12) and Hannah Ownbey (2:02.49). Auburn also got the victory to end the meet in the 400 freestyle relay beating Alabama in a time of 3:19.92 to 3:20.72 respectively. 

Both diving events went to Alabama junior Tanesha Lucoe. She scored a 270.68 in the 1 meter and a 295.43 in the 3 meter. 

Other women’s first place finishes: 

  • 200 medley relay: Alabama (1:38.45)
  • 50 freestyle: Kalia Antoniou, 22.57

Men

The Alabama men won 9 out of 16 events in what was a close loss to Auburn. The Alabama men swept the 200 IM. 

Alabama was led by junior Derek Maas who had three individual victories. Those victories came in the 100 breaststroke (53.44), the 200 breaststroke (1:59.30), and the 200 IM (1:47.77). Maas currently holds the #7 times in the NCAA this season in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. 

Junior Matthew Menke, who holds the #6 time in the NCAA this season in the 100 backstroke, won the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:46.26. Alabama also won both the 200 medley relay (1:25.99) and the 400 freestyle relay (2:56.13)

Auburn swept the 1000 and 500 freestyles, helping propel them to the win. Aryan Makhija kicked off the individual events with the win in the 1000 freestyle in a time of 9:14.60. Sophomore Mikkel Gadgaard kept the first-place finishes going as he won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:37.89. Later in the meet, Gadgaard also took second in the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:28.87 behind fellow teammate Michael Bonson who captured the win in a time of 4:26.90. 

Junior Aidan Stoffle out touched Alabama’s Matthew Menke in the 100 backstroke by 0.01 seconds. Stoffle captured the victory in 47.37 over Menke’s 47.38 respectively.

Diving was split between Alabama and Auburn. Alabama senior Kevin Li won the 1 meter in a score of 346.13, and Auburn senior Conner Pruitt won the 3 meter in a score of 376.43. 

Other men’s first place finishes include:

Auburn has their next meet scheduled for January 22nd at Florida. Both teams will then meet again at the Auburn Invitational from February 3rd through the 5th before SEC’s begin February 15th and continue through the 19th. 

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rolltideroll
4 months ago

Great to see the Bama women win for the second time in 26 years!! Huge accomplishment for them… can’t wait to see them kill it at SECs.

ArtVanDeLegh10
4 months ago

I swam in college from 2001-2005 and then coached til 2015. It’s pretty funny how some believe that college teams rest for dual meets.

Some teams might go easier 1 maybe even 2 days prior to a big meet, but that’s it.

What is much more likely is the big meet and great competition assisted in fast in season times.

Swimfan
4 months ago

On the ground here … they arrived Thursday. Needed a little pick me up before they get toasted at SECs I suppose! Try and earn at point at NC’s this year!

Bob
4 months ago

Lol if you think bama rested at all you’re a bot

RTR
4 months ago

Amazing meet!! So many close races! This is what it’s all about!

Swimmer Steve
4 months ago

Interesting Auburn seems to have rested for this meet instead of SECs.

turk men i stan
Reply to  Swimmer Steve
4 months ago

Yeah cause Alabama has never lost a swim meet unless the other team rested.

Swimm
Reply to  turk men i stan
4 months ago

Auburn got to Tuscaloosa on Thursday 2 days before the meet lol what team gets to a dual meet that early

Just the Facts
Reply to  Swimm
4 months ago

Incorrect. AU arrived Friday afternoon for a Saturday AM meet. This is fairly normal the last time I checked with my kiddo. And NO, Auburn was not rested for this. Look through the times and you’ll see they are doing a fair amount of work right now.

Bama Swim Fan
Reply to  Just the Facts
4 months ago

Crazy how much the culture of these 2 programs has changed. 4 years ago Bama was ecstatic to split the meet against auburn for the first time in years. Now it seems that the tide has turned, with auburn excited to come out with a split meet while winning 10/32 events.

Rowdy Marsh
Reply to  Bama Swim Fan
4 months ago

Who said Auburn fans were excited? Auburn fans know we can do better…just look at the disparity of banners hanging in our respective aquatics centers.

Bob
Reply to  Rowdy Marsh
4 months ago

Still living in the past lol

Rowdy Marsh
Reply to  Bob
4 months ago

Mentioning the accomplishments of the program =/= living in the past, but makeup whatever narrative you want to appease yourself…you’re not the first Bammer in this section to do so. We’ll also go ahead and say that Auburn was rested and Bama wasn’t and Auburn arrived on Thursday.

Last edited 4 months ago by Rowdy Marsh
Bob
Reply to  Rowdy Marsh
4 months ago

I don’t dispute auburn arriving Friday. But to assert that bama was rested when clearly you have no idea what you’re talking about is just not correct at all

Rowdy Marsh
Reply to  Bob
4 months ago

Bama were first in falsely asserting that Auburn rested for this meet.

Last edited 4 months ago by Rowdy Marsh
Walker
Reply to  Swimm
4 months ago

They got there on Friday

Rowdy Marsh
Reply to  Swimm
4 months ago

Lot of b***hurt Bama fans in here making stuff up…what’s new?

Think before you speak
Reply to  Swimmer Steve
4 months ago

Bama drop tapered, auburn got to tuscaloosa friday afternoon and didn’t do any kind of resting

Swimmer Steve
Reply to  Think before you speak
4 months ago

Suuuure, guess we’ll see how Auburn does at SECs. I’m predicting dead last again.

Rowdy Marsh
Reply to  Swimmer Steve
4 months ago

The ****hurt is real isn’t it?

Swimm
Reply to  Think before you speak
4 months ago

Lol they can enjoy getting 7th at SECs ig but go off for a dual meet win

Last edited 4 months ago by Swimm
Just the Facts
Reply to  Think before you speak
3 months ago

How many tapers can college age swimmers do in a season?