Four Swimmers Break Individual Records At Invite

by Fraser McAlpine
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Four Swimmers Break Individual Records At Invite

MANSFIELD, Texas- Four individual records were bested early on as the LSU swimming team competed on the first day of the Art Adamson Invitational at the MISD Natatorium. The men’s team holds an early first place lead with 298 points. The women sit at second overall after finishing with 198 points.

The swimming team will return to action tomorrow, as the team will begin preliminaries at 9:30 a.m. The finals will start tomorrow at 6 p.m.

“We had some ups and downs today,” said LSU swimming head coach Dave Geyer. “A lot of people were able to shake out the travel from yesterday between prelims and finals and step up and have solid swims tonight.”

“A few struggled to find magic tonight, but we have two more full days of racing ahead, and I expect us to get better as the meet goes on.”

In the championship round, the 200-medley relay team of Leah Troskot, Haylee Knight, Kate Zimmer and Summer Spradley took third with a time of 1:30.22.

Devon Dabney came in eighth in the 500 free, completing the event at 4:51.47 in the championships. Tennyson Henry took fifth overall in the bonus round with a time of 4:56.58.

Kara Kopcso touched the wall fourth in the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.44 in the ‘A’ final, and Colleen O’Neil came in eighth overall at 2:02.33. In the consolation round of the 200 IM, Sophie Weber also garnered fourth with a time of 2:00.93.

Nicole Rozier and Lauren Thompson finished first and second in the bonus round with times of 2:02.68 and 2:02.83 respectively.

In the 50 free, Troskot and Knight secured finishes of fourth and sixth place respectively in the championship round. Troskot clocked at 22.51, and Knight came in on her heels at 22.63, moving her to seventh overall on the all-time list.

Makenna Wilson, O’Neil, Troskot, and Kopcso wrapped up the day for the women, grabbing second place in the 400-medley with a time of 3:35.43.

On the men’s side, Joao Mescolote, Lewis Clough, Logan Rysemus and Karl Luht took third in the 200-free relay at 1:18.69 in a tightly-contested matchup, coming within tenths of a second to first place Boise State, who completed the event at 1:18.43.

Sven Saemundsson tallied a first-place finish in the 500 free, clocking a personal best of 4:20.81 to move to second on the men’s all-time list in the event.

In the 200 IM, Thomas Smith swam to fourth place in the championship round at 1:46.69, besting his spot on the men’s all-time list to move to fourth overall. Alarii Levreault-Lopez came in first in the consolation round, competing to a time of 1:48.44, placing him at ninth overall on the men’s all-time list. Garrett House also finished third in the ‘B’ final at 1:49.11. Harrison Jones claimed first in the bonus round of the event, hitting the wall at 1:50.20.

Mescolote finished the 50 free in fifth overall during the championships, earning a time of 20.08. In the consolation round, Rysemus and Tyler Harper raced to first and second place, posting times of 20.08 and 20.35 respectively. Matt Klotz also took first in the bonus round with a time of 20.36

In the final event of the day, Silas Dejean, Jake Markham, Clough, and Rysemus wrapped up the men’s events, collecting a third place finish in the 400 medley relay at 3:08.75.

The relay team of Devin McCaffrey, House, Luht and Mescolote combined for fifth overall, hitting the wall at 3:13.74.

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