Auburn has added a breaststroker to their class of 2021– NCAP‘s Spencer Rowe, the defending 100 breast Virginia 6A Champion.
Im blessed to announce my commitment to swim at Auburn University! Thank you to my family, coaches and teammates!
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— Spencer (@SpencerRowe5) October 11, 2016
Rowe swam a 56.00 to win the Virginia 6A 100 breast title last season, and added a 5th place finish in the 200 IM (1:52.35). Additionally, Rowe split a 26.20 swimming breaststroke on Patriot High School’s victorious 200 medley relay, and anchored their 3rd place 400 free relay (47.83) right after his 100 breast swim.
*SCY unless otherwise noted*
- 50 breast – 25.90 (29.54 LCM)
- 100 breast – 54.30 (1:03.74 LCM)
- 200 breast – 1:57.79 (2:18.38 LCM)
- 200 IM – 1:51.54 (2:07.49 LCM)
- 400 IM – 3:58.90
- 100 fly – 50.28
- 200 free – 1:41.57
Rowe is certainly versatile, though his potential at Auburn lies in the breaststrokes. He qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 200 breast, where he would finish 63rd overall (2:19.23).
Rowe’s arrival to Auburn is incredibly timely– he’ll join the Tigers the season after elite breaststroker Michael Duderstadt graduates. Duderstadt is a current senior who scored in the B final of the 100 breast last season and won the event outright at last year’s SECs. He’s fast enough to qualify for A finals in both breaststroke races if he can put it all together at NCAAs this season, and he’ll leave a huge void in the Auburn lineup next season.
With his current times, Rowe is already capable of B-final scoring in the 200 breast and C-final scoring in the 100 breast at the SEC level. With Duderstadt’s looming graduation and the transfer of Jacob Molacek to NC State, the cupboards are looking pretty bare for the 2017-18 season. Rowe will get two seasons with Tommy Brewer, however, who scored in the 200 breast B final and 100 breast C final last season at SECs. Brewer’s breaststroke bests are nearly identical to those of Rowe’s.
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