Dores to Host Tigers

Vanderbilt faces Auburn in season’s first home meet

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt swimming team will host Auburn in the first home meet of the 2022-23 season Friday at 1 p.m. CT at the Centennial Sportsplex. 

“It’s nice to be at home in front of your fans, it’s going to be a great environment,” said Vandy head coach Jeremy Organ. “Since this is Homecoming weekend we’ll have some alumni coming back as well, so everyone is really excited for the opportunity to race on Friday.”

The Dores began their season two weeks ago in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they faced off against LSU and Tulane in a dual meet. Vanderbilt picked up a win by defeating the Green Wave 148-114 while falling to the host Tigers.

Mercedes Traba led the Commodores with a win in the 500 freestyle and as a runner-up in the 1,000 freestyle, moving her to third on Vanderbilt’s all-time performer list in the latter event. She also ranks among the top 20 in the nation at both distances. 

Additionally, freshman Ellie Taliaferro placed second in the 200 individual medley along with fellow freshmen Ryen Bosuro and Taylor Carey posting top-five performances in their first collegiate meet with the program. 

“We want to see improvement in some of our race strategies, we need to clean those up a little bit,” Organ said. “With just two teams competing it gives us a chance to swim a couple more student-athletes in some events, which will be good since we’ll be able to see a bit more from everyone on the team this weekend.”

The last time the two teams faced off was Oct. 19, 2014, in Auburn, Alabama.