Swimming & Diving Teams Sweep Wright State
BATON ROUGE — The LSU swimming and diving team swept Wright State in the Tigers’ home opener on Friday afternoon at the LSU Natatorium.
The men defeated Wright State by a score of 125-88, and the Lady Tigers won, 139-68. LSU improved to 7-0 all-time against the Raiders with Friday’s victories and claimed wins in 19 of 24 events in the meet. LSU’s men and women are both 1-1 overall this season after Friday’s action as each team dropped their decision to Florida last Friday in Gainesville, Fla.
Three LSU athletes were double-winners in the meet, and had the top four finishers in two events. Sophomore Jan Minartz won both the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. He finished the 200 in a time of 1:42.93 and swam the 500 in 4:38.43. Senior diver and team captain Kyle VanArsdall won both the 1 and 3-meter diving competitions after winning the 3-meter last week versus Florida. He earned a score of 295.85 in the 1-meter and 297.30 in the 3-meter.
Freshman Megan Wolters won both the 100-yard backstroke and the 500-freestyle. Wolters’ time in the backstroke was 1:00.57 and she finished the 500 in 5:07.30. Jessica Wantz won the 3-meter diving on the women’s side with a score of 305.70 and placed second in the 1-meter behind teammate Barb Gorst with a score of 246.00. Gorst won with a score of 266.70 and was second behind Wantz in the 3-meter.
All-American Evan Martinec won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.78 and placed second in the 200-yard individual medley. He also swam the first leg of the 200-yard medley relay, helping the Tigers win the relay with a time of 1:32.83.
“We swam a lot better than we did last week at Florida today,” said LSU head coach Jeff Cavana. “We really had some fast times and several people did real well and even won multiple events.”
LSU welcomed close to 100 alumni back to town for the weekend, and held an alumni meet afterwards at the LSU Natatorium. A banquet was being held Friday evening to culminate the festivities.
LSU will next hold a “phone meet” with Auburn on Oct. 25. The team’s were supposed to meet on Oct. 5 to open the regular season, but the effects of the hurricane postponed the meet and calling in scores by phone was the only way that it could be made up since neither team could make it up later in the season. Auburn and LSU will swim at their respective pools and then the scores will be called in and compared.