LSU Dominant Over SMU
Dallas, Texas – The LSU swimming and diving team took care of business Friday night, with both the men and women coming out victorious over SMU. The women won 174-126, while the men won 192.5-100.5.
“This was a great opportunity for our program to come to Dallas and open up this facility with a great dual meet,” said LSU head swimming coach Dave Geyer. “I have great respect for Coach Eddie (Sinnott) and Coach Steve (Collins) for SMU and it was a great crowd to break in the pool.”
In the first meet at the new pool, the LSU men won 12 out of a possible 14 events thanks to the performance of nine different student-athletes.
Clough and Luht joined Luca Pfyffer and Matthew Klotz on two winning relay teams. They started the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, racing to a time of 1:30.13. Clough and Luht ended the meet with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay, swimming the first two legs as they raced to a time of 3:02.32 with Tyler Harper and Jake Markham.
Clough’s two individual wins came in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle races. Clough won gold in the 100 free with a time of 45.75 seconds and was victorious in the 200 free with a time of 1:40.44.
Meanwhile, Luht’s individual victories came in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly. Luht swam a quick 48.87 in the 100 back and a 49.57 in the 100 fly.
Freshman Luca Pfyffer also won two individual events, to go along with the relay victory. Individually, Pfyffer earned wins in the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley, swimming times of 2:02.21 and 3:58.86, respectively.
Matt Klotz, a sophomore, picked up an individual win to go along with his victory swimming the anchor leg in the 200-yard medley relay. He won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.53.
Harry Ackland, Thomas Smith, and Jackson Lucas also earned individual victories throughout the meet. Ackland won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 56.72, while Smith was victorious in the 200-yard backstroke (1:48.73). Lucas paced the field in the 500-yard freestyle with a winning time of 4:38.56.
“The men came out of the meet firing with a great 1-2 finish in the relay then did the same in the 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back,” noted Geyer. “They were able to keep the momentum going throughout the meet and got our second dual meet win of the season. Everyone on the men’s team contributed to the victory today which is great.”
The women’s victory was fueled by the performance of junior Summer Spradley, who like Clough and Luht, won four events in the meet.
Spradley was a part of both women’s relay teams, swimming the second leg of the 200-yard medley relay, with a team time of 1:43.43. She swam the third leg of the 400-yard free relay, which touched the wall with a time of 3:28.58.
Spradley’s two individual wins came in the 100 and 200 breast, taking gold in both events with times of 1:04.41 and 2:19.05, respectively.
Two additional female swimmers won multiple events throughout the night. Junior Haylee Knight notched an individual win in the 50 free with a time of 23.60 seconds. Knight and freshman Leyre Casarin joined Spradley on the 400 free relay team. Casarin’s other victory was with the 200 medley relay team.
Kate Zimmer, Helen Grossman, Jane MacDougall, and Grace Horton also won events, clinching the victory for the Tigers. MacDougall won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:03.99, while Horton, Zimmer and Grossman earned gold as a part of the winning relay teams.
“The women’s meet was a great back and forth meet,” Geyer added. “Jane MacDougall really turned the corner for the team getting her hand on the wall first in the 500 for us. That really sealed up the meet moving forward.”
The diving team, with victories in all four events, proved to be a crucial part of the team victories.
Cui scored a 315.90 in the three-meter springboard and a 319.05 in one-meter springboard, a season-high for Cui. Both scores earned Cui NCAA Zones Qualification.
Celaya-Hernandez also qualified for Zones with his scores, posting a 426.08 on three-meter and a season-high 384.08 on one-meter.
Sophomore Rileigh Knox and junior Mikayla Robillard also had good performances for the women in the diving well. With their scores, the Tigers took the top three spots in both diving events.
Robillard finished second behind Cui in both events, posting scores of 254.62 on one-meter and 266.25 on three-meter.
Knox took bronze in both events, scoring a 246.45 on three-meter and a 240.75 on one-meter.
For the men, juniors Matthew Phillip and Matt McClellan qualified for NCAA Zones in the three-meter with scores of 335.25 and 320.70. Phillip finished second in the event, and McClellan took home fourth.
“We enjoyed diving in SMU’s brand new facility,” said LSU diving head coach Doug Shaffer. “It was a treat to compete in their nicely designed and well-built aquatic center. On the boards, we performed well, although we have some work to do looking ahead to the Art Adamson Invite later this month. Matt McClellan and Matthew Phillip got their zone scores so all the divers have that out of the way.”
Up next for the Tigers, the Art Adamson Invitational on November 16-18 in College Station, Texas.
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200 free- Lewis Clough (1:40.44)
100 back- Karl Luht (48.87)
100 breast- Harry Ackland (56.72)
50 free- Matt Klotz (20.53)
100 free- Lewis Clough (45.75)
200 back- Thomas Smith (1:48.73)
200 breast- Luca Pfyffer (2:02.21)
500 free- Jackson Lucas (4:38.56)
100 fly- Karl Luht (49.57)
400 IM- Luca Pfyffer (3:58.86)
1 meter- Juan Celaya-Hernandez (384.08)- NCAA Zones Qualification
3 meter- Juan Celaya-Hernandez (426.08)- NCAA Zones Qualification
NCAA Zones Qualificatons:
3 meter- Matthew Phillip (335.25)
3 meter- Matt McClellan (320.70)
100 breast- Summer Spradley (1:04.41)
50 free- Haylee Knight (23.60)
200 breast- Summer Spradley (2:19.05)
500 free- Jane MacDougall (5:03.99)
1 meter- Lizzie Cui (319.05) NCAA Zones Qualification
3 meter- Lizzie Cui (315.90) NCAA Zones Qualification