Bettridge Wins SEC Title in Record Fashion
AUBURN, Ala. — Diver Alex Bettridge captured first place, set the school record and set the Southeastern Conference record on one-meter on the second day of SEC’s. Bettridge posted a score of 350.30 and took first by 20 points.
“It’s still kind of new to me and I wasn’t expecting it,” Bettridge said. “I had no idea where I was on the leaderboard because I was just zoned in. I think winning tonight gives our group momentum going forward. One of our goals is to go 1-2-3 on platform. After tonight, I think it’s possible and I’m looking forward to the rest of the week.”
The senior became the 33rd SEC Champion in LSU women’s swimming and diving history. Bettridge had compiled 266.8 points with just one dive remaining. Needing just 40 points to capture the win, Bettridge tallied a score of 61.10 to secure gold.
“There are few moments in coaching when you’re blessed to have everything just comes together,” Shaffer said. “Alex was in the right position with the right opportunity. She competed in a manner that allowed her to shine in the best way that she could to become an SEC Champion, secure the SEC record and break the LSU record.”
“This was incredible to see her perform at this level. I usually watch the scores but today I just watched her perform. She was in complete control and I knew she had it in her. It was fun to watch her compete and see it go her way.”
In addition to Bettridge’s performance, Weil also reached the final on one-meter. Weil finished eighth with a score of 311.65. Allie Alter scored for the Lady Tigers with a ninth-place finish and a score of 261.25.
The LSU women sit in fourth place after two days with 321 points, while the LSU men are in ninth place with 189 points.
“It was a solid day for us,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “There were definitely some things we could have done better in the morning for better placement at night. At the same time we had some swims where our team stepped up and outperformed our expectations in both session. The spotlight tonight definitely goes to Alex for her incredible performance on the diving board.”
Sophomore Devon Dabney started off the finals session by finishing seventh in the ‘B’ final of the 500 free with a time of 4:46.26. Dabney broke the school record in the prelims with a time of 4:45.91.
Colleen O’Neil touched the wall fourth in the ‘B” final of the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.58. O’Neil’s time of 1:58.46 in prelims was enough for the fourth-fastest time in school history.
Amber Carter wrapped up the individual events on day two by finishing fifth in the “B’ final of the 50 free with a time of 22.61.
The LSU men’s team of Mescolote, Gonzalez, Devin McCaffrey and Alex Linge finished seventh in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:18.84. The women’s team of Carter, Leah Troskot, Kate Zimmer, and Oquist finished ninth with a time of 1:30.17.
In prelims of the men’s 500 free, Jake Markham touched the wall in 4:26.47 for the sixth-fastest time in school history. Fellow freshman Jane MacDougall also added her name to the top times list with the eighth-fastest 500 time in school history (4:50.60).
In the 200 IM, Daniel Swietlicki and Logan Rysemus added more top times. Swietlicki posted a time of 1:48.70 for the eighth fastest time in school history. Rysemus finished the individual medley event in 1:48.97 to move one spot up in the list to 10.
“There are still three more full sessions ahead of us so we need to keep looking forward and taking each day as they come,” Geyer added.
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Schedule of Events
Thursday, February 20
400 IM (Prelims)- 10 a.m.
Men’s 3-meter- 12 p.m.
400 IM (Finals)- 6 p.m.
100 Butterfly (Finals)
Men’s 3- meter (Final)
200 Freestyle (Finals)
Friday, February 21
200 Butterfly (Prelims)- 10 a.m.
100 Backstroke (Prelims
100 Breaststroke (Prelims)
Women’s Platform (Prelims)- 12 p.m.
200 Butterfly (Finals)- 6 p.m.
100 Backstroke (Finals)
100 Breaststroke (Finals)
Women’s Platform (Final)
400 Medley Relay (Finals)
Saturday, February 22
100 Freestyle (Prelims)- 10 a.m.
200 Backstroke (Prelims)
200 Breaststroke (Prelims)
Men’s Platform (Prelims)- 12 p.m.
1650 Freestyle (Finals)- 6 p.m.
100 Freestyle (Final)
200 Backstroke (Final)
200 Breaststroke (Final)
Men’s Platform (Final)
400 Freestyle Relay
*All times listed in CT.