“It was just emotional,” said swimming coach Brett Hawke. “I really didn’t see her pulling it off. She’s just tough. She dug down, and I just stayed out of her way tonight. I tried not to give her too much advice. I just said, ‘Go have fun. Go race and see what happens.’ That last 10 yards, she just dug down and wanted it real bad. It was a great win for her.”
The Tigers finished the meet tied for seventh with a score of 249. Auburn finished the championship meet with 31 All-American honors, seven from Vanderpool-Wallace. The Tigers broke six previous school records at the meet.