We’re fully into the swing of the spring semester now, and with it, we’re into the swing of the winter and spring sports schedule. Basketball is streaking, but let’s get a full recap.
Auburn split the week’s two SEC games, falling at Alabama 76-71 on Wednesday night before erasing a fourteen-point halftime deficit against Georgia yesterday in recording a 79-65 win. Bruce Pearl’s team is 17-2 overall and 5-1 in the SEC and will play at Missouri on Wednesday night before returning home to face off against Vanderbilt next Saturday at 7:30 pm CST.
Unfortunately, as well as the men’s team is playing, the women’s team is having the opposite run at the moment. After beginning the season 10-3, and winning the SEC opener over Florida, Auburn’s lost six straight games in conference play. This past week, the Tigers fell at LSU 59-56 and today as well at Georgia 60-48. Terri Williams-Flournoy’s team will take a week off and play Alabama next Sunday at 4 pm CST at Auburn Arena to try and break that six-game losing streak.
The equestrian team is in the middle of a road swing, beginning the second half of the season at Alabama for a hunt seat exhibition, and beating the Tide 8-4. Auburn will head to Big 12 county at the beginning of February where they’ll play at Baylor and at Oklahoma State before going to face Georgia, who’s already beaten the Tigers once this season.
Both the men’s and women’s golf teams will be on the road for tournaments to begin the spring at the start of February. The men will be playing at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii while the women will head down to Orlando for a revenge tour against UCF at the UCF Challenge the first weekend in February.
The gymnastics team has begun the season by splitting SEC competitions, taking down Missouri at home on 1/12 before falling at Georgia this past Friday night in a close contest. Auburn will return home to Auburn Arena for two straight meets as Kentucky visits this coming Friday before Florida heads to the Plains a week from Friday.
We’re eighteen days away from the start of the softball season, which begins on 2/8 with the Plainsman Invite. Auburn will welcome Marshall, Wichita State, Tennessee Tech, and Furman to Jane B. Moore Field, and we’ll get to see new head coach Mickey Dean’s first Tiger squad.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Auburn split a dual meet at Florida yesterday, as the 12th ranked women’s team beat the 16th ranked Gators 160-139 thanks to Aly Tetzloff and Carly Cummings’ five individual wins. It’s the first time that Auburn’s beaten Florida in back-to-back meets in a decade.
The men did not fare as well, falling to the 4th ranked Gators 183-114. Auburn’s going to have a final chance to prepare for the SEC Championships when they host the Auburn Invitational beginning on February 2nd.
The men’s tennis team began the week well by sweeping Jackson State last Sunday in three separate matches, but fell today to Georgia Tech 6-1 in Atlanta. Next week the Tigers will head to Cambridge for some work at the Harvard Indoors, which begin on the 26th.
The women had a perfect week, taking down Louisiana-Monroe, Georgia State, and Oklahoma at home. They’ll take on Tulane next Saturday at 11 am CST in Auburn.
TRACK & FIELD
Auburn set 20 personal bests overall at the Vanderbilt Invitational over the weekend, including seventeen yesterday in the final day of competition. On Friday, Jonielle Smith won the 200-meter, and Coleman Churitch placed second in the men’s 5K.
Saturday saw the Tigers perform very well, highlighted by Nathon Allen and Randall Ceneus placing first and second in the 400-meter. Auburn will be back in action next Friday at the Bob Pollack Meet in Clemson.