McKinney Highlights Men's Swimming & Diving Meet

by Brandon Berrio
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McKinney Highlights Men's Swimming & Diving Meet

BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s swimming and diving team (0-2 overall, 0-2 SEC) lost to Auburn 151-87 Saturday at the LSU Natatorium.

“I just want to thank all the fans that came out today. They got to see some really good competition and high quality diving,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “Sean (McKinney’s) performance on 1-meter was the best performance that I’ve ever seen since I’ve been at LSU. Kevin (Leong) also performed well so I really liked what I saw from both of them.”

In the diving events, senior Sean McKinney continued his successful season with a second place finish in the 3-meter. McKinney then went on to post a score of 382.05 in the 1-meter dive, which is second all time in LSU diving history.

Senior Kevin Leong‘s score of 342.08 was enough for third in the 3-meter dive.

“It was tough meet format and we had to race a lot in a short amount of time,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “Our team handled it well and gave it 100 percent. It was a tough meet against a high quality opponent. We have to take what we did here and make them better.

In the swimming events, senior Frank Greeff and freshman Elliot Dewlen shined with two-top three finishes. Dewlen placed third in the 1000 free with a mark of 9:39.60 and 500 free 4:38.40, which are both season highs. Greeff touched the wall second in the 200 butterfly (1:50.35) and third in the 200 freestyle (1:41.21).

Junior Michael Young placed second in the 200 back (1:47.98). Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez also earned a second place finish with a mark of (2:02.89) in the 200 breaststroke.

Michael Saco and Garrett House both earned third place finishes. Saco’s came in the 50 free (20.80) and House’s in the 200 breaststroke (2:05.77).

LSU’s team of Gabe Rooker, Marco Gonzalez, Young and Greeff touched the wall second in the 400-medley relay (3:20.88).

The 200 freestyle relay team composed of Tyler Crosson, Alex Linge, Saco and Gonzalez also earned a second place finish (1:22.05).

Both the men’s and women’s team return to the pool Saturday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. (CT) when they face South Carolina in the first road dual meet of the year.

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