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Lady Tigers Divers Lead Invitational on Day 1

by Jesse Delerno
Lady Tigers Divers Lead Invitational on Day 1

BATON ROUGE — LSU sophomore Rebecca St. Germain took third in the women’s three-meter competition and fellow sophomore Elle Schmidt notched an NCAA Zone Qualifying score to spearhead the Tiger diving efforts Thursday at the LSU Diving Invitational.

St. Germain followed up her third-place finish and 295.15 score in the prelims with a 308.10 effort in the final, highlighted by a 58.80 mark on her reverse two and one half somersault tuck.

Schmidt enjoyed her best day of the season, posting an NCAA qualifying score of 285.95 in the three-meter final to finish sixth.

Junior Matt Vieke led the men’s contingent, placing sixth in the one-meter with a 287.60 score.

“The women did a really nice job today,” co-head coach Doug Shaffer said. “However, the men’s performance was uncharacteristic. We had some good individual dives, but we definitely did not perform up to our standards today, and we need to step it up.”

Freshman Sean McKinney was the men’s top prelim performer, registering fourth with a 311.85 mark. The Springfield, Va., native finished seventh in the finals (284.85). Fellow freshman Daniel Helm posted an eighth-place finish in the finals, while junior Brian Gemberling posted a ninth-place finish in the one-meter prelims.

Alabama’s Adam Booher captured the men’s one-meter title, finishing less than a point off the pool record with a 396.70 mark. Auburn’s Anna Aguero earned the women’s three-meter crown with a score of 327.90.

Day 2 of the LSU Diving Invitational will begin at 11:30 a.m. (CT) with the men’s three-meter and women’s one-meter prelims. The women’s final will start at 4 p.m., with the men’s final following at 5 p.m.