Gold Ends Purple's Reign in Swimming Intrasquad
BATON ROUGE — For the first time since 2002, the Gold team was victorious in the annual LSU swimming and diving intrasquad on Friday afternoon, defeating the Purple team by a score of 165-132 at the LSU Natatorium.
The Gold men’s team won by a score of 81-68, and the Gold women’s team bested the Purple women’s squad, 84-64. Gold won 17 of the 34 events, including 1-2 finishes in six of those. They swept all four relays in the 400 free and 400 medley.
Purple had won the last four intrasquads and eight out of the last 12 meets before Friday. Gold pulled away with first-place finishes in the final six swimming events to win the intrasquad for the first time in five tries.
“I think there were some really good races from both sides,” said associate head coach Sean Schimmel, who oversaw the Gold squad. “We saw that with some races coming down to the hundredth. I think this race and the Stanford meet shows our attitude and where we are going, in terms of racing. It is all about getting your hand on the wall and there was a lot of that going on from both sides today.”
The meet was close heading into the 100 butterfly before Gold used 1-2 finishes in the event led by junior Christoph Lubenau on the men’s side (50.19) and freshman Ali Sanford on the women’s side (59.39). Freshman Hannes Heyl (50.40) and junior Jamie Wright (1:00.65) took second place.
Two great races followed in the women’s and men’s 400 individual medley. Junior Vanessa Duenas (4:31.41) narrowly took first over freshman Kannon Betzen (4:31.67). Freshman Luis Gonzalez dueled All-American Julius Gloeckner in the men’s 400 IM. However, Gloeckner turned it on over the final 50 yards and touched the wall .01 seconds ahead of Gonzalez in a time of 4:01.70.
“Luis is someone that can push Julius within our own team,” said Schimmel. “We haven’t had that in a while. It’s good for the team and it is really good for Julius.”
Gloeckner also recorded wins in the 200 freestyle (1:40.64) and 500 free. Gonzalez was first in the 1000 free while taking second in the 500 free. Senior Kevin Braud swept both backstroke events, clocking times of 50.48 and 1:55.68 in the 100 and 200 back, respectively. Braud also helped the Gold team earn first place in the 400 medley relay to start the meet (3:33.59).
Junior Miko Malberg won the 50 free (21.61), and Heyl captured the 100 free (46.23). Lubenau (100 butterfly) and junior Roy Chambers (100 breaststroke) tallied first-place finishes to Gold’s final margin.
Noland took the 50 free (23.63) and 100 free (51.62). Sophomore Lauren Grady won the 200 free (1:57.01), and freshman Brooke Barnett captured the 500 free (5:06.17). Givens swept both breaststroke events in times of 1:05.04 (100 breaststroke) and 2:22.32 (200 breaststroke).
The Purple claimed two other wins on the day, including one from team captain Stefanie Carver in the 200 back (2:05.74) and Betzen in the 200 IM (2:08.02). Betzen touched the wall just ahead of Duenas in that event.
Purple won three out of the four diving events highlighted by a sweep of the women’s 1-meter and 3-meter from senior Paige Brown. Junior Niko Dalman won the men’s 1-meter over freshman Michael Neubacher and junior Nathan Schreiber. Neubacher reversed the order in the men’s 3-meter with first place.
LSU officially opens the season at South Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 13. The meet is slated to begin at 10 a.m. CDT.