Swimming & Diving Teams Roll Past Alabama, Vandy
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The LSU swimming and diving team posted its second Southeastern Conference road sweep of the season on Friday as the Tigers defeated Alabama in the Alabama Aquatic Center. The LSU women also topped Vanderbilt on Friday.
The 19th-ranked LSU men rolled past the Crimson Tide, 194-106. The LSU women won by a 173-127 score over Alabama while also cruising past the Commodores, 240-49.
“It’s hard to travel to an SEC location and get a win,” said LSU head coach Adam Schmitt. “We were able to come in here, stay focused and execute what we needed to do to get the win. It’s great for these seniors, who for three years moved up the ranks, and finally got the win. It is satisfying for them.”
The LSU men snapped a six-meet losing streak to the Crimson Tide and moved to 3-2 in meet competition. The three wins are the most by the Tigers since recording four wins during the 2002-03 season. The Tigers defeated Alabama for the first time since 2000 and posted their first win in Tuscaloosa since 1999.
“On the men’s side, just missing out last year and having to wait another year, the tension built up,” said Schmitt. “It was positive tension. I’m proud of the team because they did not lose confidence, and they know they have something special going on this year. It is exciting.”
The LSU women recorded their third straight victory over the Tide and have turned the series around. Alabama had won five straight decisions against the LSU women between 2000 and 2004. The Lady Tigers, who were competing against Vanderbilt for the first time since 1991, moved to 6-1 all-time in that series.
The LSU women upped their dual-meet record to 4-1, which includes a 3-1 mark in SEC action. The three league victories represent the most by the team since tallying three wins during the 2001-02 season.
The Tigers were led by a trio of upperclassmen, including junior Julius Gloeckner, senior Kevin Braud and senior Miko Malberg. Gloeckner racked up a meet-high three individual victories. He won the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:49.32 and led a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 individual medley with a clocking of 1:52.12. Gloeckner edged freshman teammate Clint Hallum in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:31.84. Hallum swam a mark of 4:32.67.
Malberg swept the sprint free events, recording first-place times of 20.64 and 45.86 in the 50 and 100 free, respectively. Braud once again swept the backstroke events and was part of 1-2 LSU finishes in both events with Heyl. Braud swam a time of 50.50 in the 100 back and 1:50.20 in the 200 back.
On the women’s side, junior Katie Gilmore led the way with two individual first-place finishes. Gilmore helped post a 1-2 LSU finish in the 50 free with a time of 23.45. Freshman Jane Trepp took second (23.78). Gilmore then added a w in in the 100 fly (55.77).
Noland won the 100 free (50.99) and spearheaded a 2-3 Lady Tiger finish in the 200 free (1:51.73). McJunkin claimed the 100 back (56.19), and junior Berit Aljand sparked a 1-2-3 scoring effort in the 200 back in a time of 2:04.03.
Junior Vanessa Duenas tallied two runner-up finishes with times of 2:04.41 and 2:05.90 in the 200 fly and 200 IM, respectively. Freshman Kannon Betzen and Givens took first and second in the 100 breaststroke led by Betzen’s time of 1:03.60.
In diving, sophomore Rachel Ware won the women’s 1-meter with a score of 279.35. Junior Paige Brown was third (251.35) but made her way into the win column with first place in the 3-meter (302.30). Ware was second in the 3-meter (283.25).
In the men’s 1-meter, LSU recorded 2-3 finishes led by freshman Michael Neubacher‘s second-place mark of 318.50. Junior Niko Dalman finished third in the 1-meter (309.35) and was the Tigers’ highest scorer in the 3-meter with second place (352.35). Neubacher took third in the 3-meter (335.15).