Auburn Closes SEC Meet with Champion Relay, Three Medals

SOURCE: AUBURN ATHLETICS

The Auburn women’s team closed out the 2020 SEC Championships in style with a first-place finish in the women’s 400 freestyle relay Saturday. It was the second women’s relay team to claim gold this week, and it pushed the Tigers ahead of Texas A&M for fifth place overall.

Seniors Julie Meynen, Claire Fisch and Robyn Clevenger were a part of both relays while freshman Abbey Webb took the place of AJ Kustch in the Saturday’s winning relay.

“I can’t say enough about those four women,” Auburn head coach Gary Taylor said. “They finished out the meet 3:09.18, which is an SEC record by almost a second and a half, breaking the record from last year that was set by a pretty similar group of Auburn women.

“It was a proud moment for the team and for the program. It was awesome to be in this facility and close out the women’s meet that way.”

On the men’s side, Auburn finished eighth at this year’s SEC Championships with 697 points.

Including the winning 400 freestyle relay, the Tigers had a total of three trips to the podium Saturday. Meynen took bronze in the women’s 100 freestyle, finishing with a lifetime-best 46.96. It was the senior’s fourth medal of the week as she was a part of both relay wins and also won bronze in the 50 freestyle on Wednesday night.

Freshman Gretchen Wensuc made her first diving final Saturday and responded with a personal best (276.90) to win bronze in the women’s podium event. The Auburn divers won a total of four medals this week, including two from senior Alison Maillard.

Maillard, who was SEC champion on the 1-meter, was named the SEC Female Diver of the Meet.

“It’s just a real honor,” Maillard said. “I remember being a freshman and a girl named Lauren Reed won it. She is just such a wonderful human being, worked her tail off all the time and just dove her heart out. So this award has always meant that to me. To medal twice after never having medaled and to end up with an SEC Diver of the Meet, I couldn’t ask for a whole lot more.”

With the SEC Championships over, the Auburn swimming and diving program will now turn its attention to the NCAA Championships next month.

TEAM STANDINGS

Women

1. Tennessee, 1108

2. Florida, 1079.5

3. Kentucky, 987.5

4. Georgia, 986

5. Auburn, 866

6. Texas A&M, 851

7. Alabama, 748

8. Missouri, 500

9. South Carolina, 427

10. Arkansas, 422

11. LSU, 417

12. Vanderbilt, 150

Men

1. Florida, 1194

2. Texas A&M, 975.5

3. Georgia, 953.5

4. Alabama, 935.5

5. Missouri, 846.5

6. Tennessee, 817

7. Kentucky, 724

8. Auburn, 697

9. LSU, 517

10. South Carolina, 504

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