Swimming & Diving Teams Fall to Tennessee
BATON ROUGE — The LSU swimming and diving team lost its home conference opener on Saturday to Tennessee at the LSU Natatorium.
The Volunteer men defeated LSU by a score of 126-101, and the women lost, 128-113. The Lady Tigers trailed only, 117-107 entering the final women’s event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, but the Lady Vols finished just over four seconds ahead of LSU to win the meet.
Junior All-American Stephanie Smith won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:57.11 and also won the 500 free, finishing with a time of 4:55.42. Senior Cissy Schepens won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:18.96, while teammate Jill Thomas placed second with a time of 2:21.86. Julie Johnson won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.25 and was second in the 50 free with a time of 24.39, just behind Tennessee’s Taryn Ternent, who finished at 24.38.
Sophomore Jessica Wantz won the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 321.45. She also placed second in the 1-meter with a score of 247.12. Tennessee’s Lauryn McCalley won the 1-meter with a score of 269.70. Senior Kyle VanArsdall finished third in both the 1 and 3-meter competitions.
All-American Evan Martinec won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:52.36. Justin Boyes won the 200-yards breaststroke with a time of 2:13.12. Jan Minartz won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:42.07. LSU won the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:23.30 and the women won the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:50.78.
“I am really proud of our women today because they swam really hard and competed against a very good Tennessee team,” said LSU head coach Jeff Cavana. “We just ran out of gas there at the end.”
LSU returns to action on Nov. 9 with a key conference meet with Alabama and Arkansas at 10 a.m. at the LSU Natatorium. The men and women are each 1-2 on the season and 0-2 in conference action.