National Championship Whispers Are in the Spring Air
Now that high school players have signed the dotted line pledging their allegiance to their new college football programs, there is weeping and moaning among the fans which signifies to most that college football is now in hibernation.
Basketball has now taken center court, but here on the Plains, the men’s team continues to struggle as they are pummeled with injuries and suspensions. The women’s basketball team is setting up nicely as AubTigerman has recently posted. So it’s often the case that fans tone it down on coming to their favorite blogs to follow sports during this time of year.
But I say, “Hold on! You may be missing out on some exciting things!” I want to entice you for a moment to keep coming back here to Auburn’s oldest and most read independent blog.
The reason? Auburn spring sports have now begun, and national championships are being whispered in the locker rooms of some of the spring teams that, many times, are hidden behind the football team news. Keep an eye out on these teams below, and you may see some national championship trophies hoisted by the end of the spring.
No. 4 Auburn Tigers Softball
There are a lot of expectations surrounding the 2016 softball team after its first trip to the Women’s College World Series last year. Demands for Auburn softball tickets are growing, which has led to an expansion of more than 800 temporary seats at Jane B. Moore Field.
Third-year coach Clint Myers brings back a team that boasts of three All Americans from last year: Emily Corasone (2B), Kasey Cooper (3B) and outfielder Tiffany Howard. “The excitement is in the air”, says Coach Myers. Oklahoma City waits at the end of the line, and we will see if the team can go beyond last year’s exciting run.
Auburn is hosting the Plainsman Invitational this weekend. If your in the area, why not come out and support the Tigers as they start what is sure to be another great season.
No. 1 Auburn Men’s Golf Team
The Men’s Golf Team has begun its spring by being ranked the number 1 golf team in the nation according to GolfWeek. Not only is the team ranked number one, but …
Michael Johnson, an All-SEC Senior, is also ranked the no. 1 golfer in the nation. He has been added to the watch list for the most prestigious award in men’s college golf, the Ben Hogan Award. Johnson and the no. 1 Tigers will begin tournament action on Feb.22 – 23 at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate in Mobile, Ala.
No. 1 Auburn Women’s Equestrian
Two freshmen ladies, Ashton Alexander and Ali Fratessa, lead the no.1 Auburn women’s equestrian team. Both were recognized just a couple of weeks ago as Riders of the Month by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, after helping to beat no. 3 Baylor. The women’s equestrian team has had a reputation of being one of the top programs in the nation, and this year seems to follow the same narrative. Look for a big match against no. 2 Georgia this Saturday.
No. 8 Auburn Gymnastics
Tonight will set the bar for the gymnastics team as it hosts no. 4 Alabama. It will not be easy as the Auburn Tigers have come short 117 straight times. The outcome, win or lose, will not dictate the rest of the season, but be assured, the Auburn Tigers want a win against their arch rivals. The meet will be televised tonight at 7:30 pm CT on the SEC Network. A win could put the Tigers in a top-five race for the national championship. We are behind you Tigers, and War Eagle!
No. 7 Auburn Men’s Swimming and Diving
The men’s swimming team started off with a bang by overtaking the No. 3 Florida Gators on their home turf. It was the first victory over Florida since 2011. Sophomore Luis Carlos Marinez was one of the men who led the way to the victory. Look to hear his name more as he has already accepted an invitation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
No.11 Auburn Women’s Swimming and Diving
Senior Annie Lazor looks to finish out her Auburn career strong. Collecting All-American honors in the breast stroke and swimming in the NCAA Championship last year has earned Lazor a leadership role for the team. The SEC meet begins this weekend and the Olympic trials shortly after that. “We plan to kill it at SEC and then kill it at NCAA and then we kill it at nationals as well”, Lazor said with confidence.
The Butch Thompson era begins this year as the baseball team takes the field Feb. 19th against Sacramento State. Coach Thompson arrived from Mississippi State where he served as pitching coach. He brings with him 14 years of experience in the SEC and is known as one of the top recruiters in the country.
He also inherits a talented roster led by All-SEC right-hander Cole Lipscomb. While stability will play an important role as Auburn returns nine key players, pitching talent could be the key that leads this team to a championship very soon. Look for more articles coming soon from Track’Em Tigers on this year’s Auburn Tigers baseball team.
Auburn Men’s and Women’s Tennis
The women’s tennis team is 7 – 1 as it goes into Saturday’s double header with Mercer. Alannah Griffin was selected SEC Freshman of the Week this week, which makes it the first time an Auburn player has won the award since 2008. The tennis team will be trying for a fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.
The men’s tennis team has started off the spring with a 4 – 1 record. Marko Krickovic remains undefeated in singles and continues to move up in the ITA rankings.
So as you can see there is a lot of Auburn excitement in the air. Stay tuned as we update you throughout the spring. Let’s cheer on our Auburn Tigers!