LSU Set to Face Off Against SMU

by Chris Heigle
LSU Set to Face Off Against SMU

BATON ROUGE – The LSU swimming and diving team is hitting the road again, this time travelling to Dallas to face SMU. The two teams will face off in a dual meet at 7 p.m., Friday November 2, at the Barr-McMillion Natatorium. This will be the first-ever event held in the new SMU facility.

The diving team will be looking to continue their success in the diving well. Sophomore Juan Celaya-Hernandez and junior Lizzie Cui have come out victorious in both the one-meter and three-meter springboard events during both double-dual meets the team has competed in so far this season. Both have qualified for NCAA Zones in each event as well.

Celaya-Hernandez and Cui also were named SEC Divers of the Week last week after their victories against Pittsburgh and Virginia.

Rileigh Knox and Makayla Robillard have also qualified for Zones in the three-meter, but they will be looking to improve on their season-best scores of 289.43 and 287.78, respectively.

“We’re excited for this trip to SMU, and to be the first team to compete in their brand-new pool,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “We’ve made some really good progress since our last dualmeet. We look to better our season-high scores and hopefully set some high pool records in the process.”

Meanwhile, the swimming team will be looking to rally behind upperclassmen Thomas Smith and Joao Mescolote.

Smith, a junior from Huntington Beach, California, was the first swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championship with a ‘B’ cut time of 1:46.04 in the 200 back at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh.

Mescolote also won and individual event against Pitt and Virginia. He will be looking to qualify for NCAAs after winning the 50 free with a time of 20.68 seconds.

Mescolote was also part of the winning 200 free and 200 medley relay teams, which swam times of 1:22.09 and 1:30.40, respectively. He was joined by Karl Luht, Matt Klotz, and Lewis Clough in the 200 free relay as well as Luca Pfyffer, Luht, and Clough in the 200 yard medley relay.

The women’s swimming team has three swimmers currently ranked in the Top-20 in the SEC, and will be looking to add more.

Junior Summer Spradley is currently 12th in the SEC in 100 breast with a time of 1:03.17.

The Tigers have two swimmers in Ellie Baldwin and Cassie Kalisz that have top 20 times in the 200 back. Baldwin is currently 17th with a time of 2:00.23 that she swam last time out at Pittsburgh, while Kalisz is 20th, posting a 2:00.46 in the first meet of the season against Loyola and Tulane.

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Order of events:

200 medley relay

1000 free

100 breast

200 fly

50 free


100 free

200 back

500 free

100 fly


400 IM

400 free relay