Diver Cui Highlights Day 3 at SEC Championships

by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
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Diver Cui Highlights Day 3 at SEC Championships

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Lizzie Cui‘s fourth place finish in the 3-meter springboard paced the LSU swimming and diving teams here Friday during the third day of the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships.

Cui, who placed second in the 1-meters springboard on the first day of competition on Wednesday, added another 26 points for the Lady Tigers with her fourth-place showing on Friday. Overall, the LSU women stand in 11th place with 210 points through 21 events.

The LSU men’s team has accumulated 253.5 points through 22 events to sit in 10th place.

“We had high expectations and came up a bit short in execution today,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “I know Lizzie was shooting for another podium performance and Rileigh and Makayla could’ve performed better as well but this gives us a yardstick of what we need to work on moving forward. We will now move our attention to the platform events.”

On the swimming side, LSU opened Friday’s competition with sophomore Alexandria Ham posting an LSU all-time Top 10 time in the 400 IM with clocking of 4:17.86.

“I wasn’t sure to what expect coming in to today,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “Alexandria Ham rebounded nicely in her second swim of the meet with an all-time top time in the 400 IM.

“We kept that momentum going with Haylee (Knight) and Helen (Grossman) in the 100 fly. Helen had her first scoring heat here (at the SEC Championships).”

Grossman picked up 11 points for the Lady Tigers with a 16th-place finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.90. In the prelims, Grossman posted an LSU top-10 time in the 100 butterfly with a 53.50 time. Knight added sixth points for her 19th-place finish with a 53.60 time in the finals.

Harrison Jones paced the LSU men with a 12th-place finish in the 100 butterfly with the sixth-fastest time in school history at 46.69. Jones, who was clocked at 47.14 in the prelims, picked up 15 points for the Tigers with his 100 butterfly showing.

Harrison Jones really went after his swim tonight and had an amazing 100 fly,” Geyer said. “I think what he did today really sets him up nicely for his 200 fly tomorrow.”

The LSU men rounded out the scoring on Friday with 11 points from Lewis Clough and seven points from Jake Markham in the 200 freestyle. Clough swam a 1:36.11 in the prelims and then followed that with a 1:36.47 in the finals

After going 1:36.18 in the prelims, Markham was timed at 1:35.98 in the finals.

“Jake and Lewis showed some improvements in the 200 today based off their relay swims and were able to get some points on the board for us there,” Geyer said. “I think tomorrow can be a great day for us and we can continue to build momentum into the weekend.”

LSU returns to the pool on Saturday for the fourth day of the five-day event. Among the events slated for Saturday include the 200 butterfly, the 100 backstroke, the 100 breaststroke, the 400 medley relay and men’s platform diving.

Host Texas A&M stands atop the women’s standings with 737 points, while Florida sits in first place on the men’s side with 595 points.