Lady Tigers Swimmers Win, Tigers Fall to Hogs and Tide
BATON ROUGE — The LSU swimming and diving teams hosted one of the wildest double-dual conference meets in history on Saturday, picking up one win on the women’s side and also gave a great effort on the men’s side.
The Lady Tigers defeated Arkansas by a score of 162-115, and lost to Alabama, 154-127. The LSU men lost to Alabama, 155-103. The most incredible result of the day was Arkansas’s women beating heavily-favored Alabama by a score of 146-137.
Alabama won both 400-yard medley relays on the men’s and women’s side, and Arkansas won both 400-yard freestyle relays to finish off the meet. LSU placed second on both of the medley relays. LSU All-American Evan Martinec won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 48.94 and Jan Minartz won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:33.81, the only two individual winners for the Tiger men Saturday.
All-American Stephanie Smith won both the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:58.69 and the 500 free with a time of 4:54.73. Senior Julie Johnson won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.18. In diving, sophomore Jessica Wantz won the 3-meter diving with a score of 300.20. Senior Kyle VanArsdall won the men’s 3-meter with a mark of 281.05. Alabama swept the 1-meter competition with Lane Bassham winning the women’s 1-meter with a score of 278.95. Stewart Smith won the men’s with a score of 304.25.
“That is one of the wildest meets I have ever been involved in, and I have been coaching for about 20 years,” said LSU head coach Jeff Cavana.
The Lady Tigers improved to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the SEC, while the men are now 1-3 and 0-3 in the conference.
LSU’s swimmers will next travel to the Nike Cup Invitational from Nov. 21-23 in Chapel Hill, N.C., and the divers will participate in the Minnesota Diving Invitational from Nov. 22-24 in Minneapolis, Minn.