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.
|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|
|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|