January Grudge-Match Set For Auburn/Florida Rivalry

The Auburn Tigers have released their 2013-2014 varsity swimming schedules, and there’s a lot of very interesting match-ups on the schedule, and specifically a whole lot of road meets.

The women will start early against in-conference rivals Vanderbilt on the road in Nashville in late September, a team that showed a lot of improvement in 2013, before both teams step into tri meets at Notre Dame: the men against defending champions Michigan and the Irish, and the women against Indiana and the Irish.

Two weeks after that, it’s back on the road as Auburn takes on Queens University in North Carolina. Queens has a close relationship with SwimMAC Carolina, whose CEO is former Auburn head coach David Marsh. This meet will be the first huge showdown in Queens’ new facility.

Next up, on November 2nd, the Auburn men, only, will swim at LSU.

“We’re on the road a lot, which is challenging,” Hawke said. “However, I think this sets our athletes up well for the end of the year when they have to compete at the SEC Championships and NCAA Championships. We’re really trying to get them used to performing on the road. We’re certainly excited about seeing Notre Dame and Michigan at the start of the year for the men and then also for the women to face Indiana and Notre Dame as well. It’s good to get out of conference and get different looks.”

At the end of that month, the Tigers will finally have their first home meet, the Auburn Invitational, from November 22nd-24th. Georgia, Florida State, and Alabama are among the committed teams, which means that Auburn will see both defending national championship this month.

The swimmers will then hit Winter Nationals in Knoxville (divers go to Austin closer to Christmas) and retire to their holiday training.

The Divers will be in Athens for a diving invite there, before the whole team goes to Austin to face the Texas men and women in a dual on January 9th.

The Ralph Crocker Invite will run January 18th and 19th, though that’s expected to be a light meet, before the Tigers head to Florida for a dual meet.

The Florida men upset Auburn’s 16-year SEC Championship streak at last year’s meet, so Auburn should be focused going into that meet.

The Tigers welcome in South Carolina on February 1st to finish the regular season. SEC’s will be in Athens at the University of Georgia from February 18th-22nd, and a last-chance meet will see portions of the team right back there March 1st and 2nd.

Auburn is assigned to the Zone B Championships in Greensboro before the women move on to Minneapolis and the men to Austin for the NCAA Championships.

2013-2014 SCHEDULE
Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
09/27/13 at Vanderbilt (Women Only) * Nashville, Tenn. 4:00 p.m. CT
Notre Dame Tri-Meet
10/11/13 Notre Dame Tri-Meet South Bend, Ind. 5:00 p.m. CT
10/12/13 Notre Dame Tri-Meet South Bend, Ind. 11:00 a.m. CT
10/25/13 at Queens (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C. 4:00 p.m. CT
11/02/13 at LSU (Men Only) * Baton Rouge, La. 11:00 a.m. CT
Auburn Invitational
11/22/13 Auburn Invitational Auburn, Ala. All Day
11/23/13 Auburn Invitational Auburn, Ala. All Day
11/24/13 Auburn Invitational Auburn, Ala. All Day
Winter Nationals (Swim)
12/05/13 Winter Nationals (Swim) Knoxville, Tenn. All Day
12/06/13 Winter Nationals (Swim) Knoxville, Tenn. All Day
12/07/13 Winter Nationals (Swim) Knoxville, Tenn. All Day
12/08/13 Winter Nationals (Swim) Knoxville, Tenn. All Day
Tuscaloosa Diving Invite
12/16/13 Tuscaloosa Diving Invite Tuscaloosa, Ala. All Day
12/17/13 Tuscaloosa Diving Invite Tuscaloosa, Ala. All Day
12/18/13 Tuscaloosa Diving Invite Tuscaloosa, Ala. All Day
Winter Nationals (Dive)
12/17/13 Winter Nationals (Dive) Austin, Texas All Day
12/18/13 Winter Nationals (Dive) Austin, Texas All Day
12/19/13 Winter Nationals (Dive) Austin, Texas All Day
12/20/13 Winter Nationals (Dive) Austin, Texas All Day
12/21/13 Winter Nationals (Dive) Austin, Texas All Day
12/22/13 Winter Nationals (Dive) Austin, Texas All Day
Athens Diving Invite
01/03/14 Athens Diving Invite Athens, Ga. All Day
01/04/14 Athens Diving Invite Athens, Ga. All Day
01/05/14 Athens Diving Invite Athens, Ga. All Day
01/09/14 at Texas Austin, Texas TBA
Ralph Crocker Invite
01/18/14 Ralph Crocker Invite Auburn, Ala. All Day
01/19/14 Ralph Crocker Invite Auburn, Ala. All Day
01/25/14 at Florida * Gainesville, Fla. 12:00 p.m. CT
02/01/14 vs. South Carolina * Auburn, Ala. TBA
SEC Swimming and Diving Championships
02/18/14 SEC Championships Athens, Ga. All Day
02/19/14 SEC Championships Athens, Ga. All Day
02/20/14 SEC Championships Athens, Ga. All Day
02/21/14 SEC Championships Athens, Ga. All Day
02/22/14 SEC Championships Athens, Ga. All Day
Bulldog Last Chance
03/01/14 Bulldog Last Chance Athens, Ga. All Day
03/02/14 Bulldog Last Chance Athens, Ga. All Day
NCAA Zone B Diving
03/11/14 NCAA Zone B Diving Championships Greensboro, N.C. All Day
03/12/14 NCAA Zone B Diving Championships Greensboro, N.C. All Day
03/13/14 NCAA Zone B Diving Championships Greensboro, N.C. All Day
NCAA Women’s Championship
03/20/14 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships Minneapolis, Minn. All Day
03/21/14 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships Minneapolis, Minn. All Day
03/22/14 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships Minneapolis, Minn. All Day
NCAA Men’s Championship
03/27/14 NCAA Men’s Swimming Championships Austin, Texas All Day
03/28/14 NCAA Men’s Swimming Championships Austin, Texas All Day
03/29/14 NCAA Men’s Swimming Championships Austin, Texas All Day

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