This past February Hugo Morris broke Rowdy Gaines’ longstanding 200 freestyle Auburn school record leading off the 4×200 freestyle relay at the 2015 SEC Championships, and in the past few days it has been truly recognized.
At the James E. Martin Aquatics Center, the plaque which had Gaines’ time, name, and the year he set the record was removed to make way for a new plaque which featured all the same information pertaining to Morris’ record.
The new record now stands at 1:33.39, just 0.41 seconds faster than the record which Gaines set 34-years earlier in 1981. The record ended up going down on Gaines’ 56th birthday, adding to the excitement behind the record-breaking swim.
With Morris now ranked as the fastest-ever 200 freestyler to hail from Auburn, Gaines’ swim is now moved to the second best, standing at 1:33.80. No other Auburn swimmer has ever been under 1:34.
Morris also cracked the Auburn all time top 10 in the 500 freestyle this season at the SEC Championships with his time of 4:20.66. That currently ranks him as the ninth fastest Auburn swimmer of all time in the event.
Morris, who was born in Australia, just completed his freshman season with the Auburn Tigers. He’s looking to be a crucial part of not only the Auburn relays, but the team’s points total as a whole, next season.