Auburn entered the second day of the SEC Swim and Dive Championships and wasted no time to pick up its second gold medal of the five-day event.
Auburn’s relay team, composed of Julie Meynen, Claire Fisch, AJ Kutsch and Robyn Clevenger, took gold in the women’s 200 free relay.
"This is our race," Fisch said. "We practice this every day. This is our house, so it means that much more."
The relay was clocked at 1:25.41 which breaks the Auburn and SEC all-time record but also put them at the second fastest 200 free relay in NCAA history. The Tigers' relay finished just .86 of a second behind California's current record of 1:24.55.
"They broke the SEC record by more than a second and posted the second fastest time in the history of our sport," Auburn head coach Gary Taylor said. "What more can you say? Congrats to them. Major kudos to our coaches Duncan Sherrard and Gideon Louw on their work with those women in getting them confident and ready to go. They were fantastic tonight."
Meynen, Fisch and Clevenger are all seniors on the relay. Kutsch, the only non-senior, has maintained high praise for the other three swimmers throughout the entire season.
"I could not have done it without these girls," added Kutsch. "They mean the world to me, and this being their last SECs and being able to be a part of that – it's an indescribable feeling. I am so grateful for them."
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The two gold medals in two days of competition holds Auburn’s women’s team at third place overall with three days still to go.
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