Lady Tigers Defeat Tulane In First Dual Meet Of Season
BATON ROUGE – Five different Lady Tigers brought home victories on Saturday at the LSU Natatorium as the LSU Women’s Swimming and Diving Team defeated Tulane by a final score of 192-105.
IN THE POOL
Five Lady Tigers won a total of eight events in route to the Tigers’ first dual meet victory of the new season. Jolee Liles won the 200-Yard Butterfly with a time of 2:03.41. Olivia Taylor touched the wall first in the 50-Yard Freestyle with a time of 23.54 and Helen Grossman won the 100-Yard Butterfly after swimming a 54.95.
Two Lady Tigers won multiple events. Junior, Cassie Kalisz claimed the top spot in both the 100 and 200-Yard Backstroke. She touched the wall in 55.23 in the 100-Yard and 1:58.92 in the 200-Yard.
Freshman Summer Stanfield finished the meet with three victories. She touched the wall in 51.99 to win the 100-Yard Freestyle, 1:51.42 to win the 200-Yard Freestyle, and 2:02.53 in the 200-Yard IM.
In the 400-Yard Medley Relay, the team of Kalisz, Olivia Paskulin, Grossman, and Katarina Milutinovich touched the wall in 3:44.38 to win.
“We had a really great week of training so I knew we had put the work in leading up to this meet,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “The women stepped up today. We took a huge step starting with the relay and just went from there.”
A total of seven underclassman finished in the top three of their respective events while six upperclassman followed suit. That combination stands out in the mind of Coach Geyer.
“We had that huge senior class last year that featured a lot of talent, and a lot of times it’s easy to stay in the shadows of a class like that. With that class gone, we needed some people to step up and really find out what this team is going to be this year. From the senior class and all the way down to the freshman, today gave me a good picture of what we could be and I like it.”
ON THE BOARDS
On the One-Meter Springboard, Aimee Wilson took the top spot after diving to a score of 319.88. Anne Tuxen finished second with a 294.83, and Hayley Montague rounded up the trio of Lady Tigers in the top-three with a 259.35.
All three Lady Tigers finished in the top-three again on the Three-Meter Springboard. This time however, Tuxen took the top spot with a score of 337.88. Wilson dove to a score of 329.40 to finish second, and Montague finished with a 318.30 to place third.
“I saw huge improvement today from our Intrasquad Meet last weekend,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “It’s so early in the season that I just wanted them to focus on being relaxed, having fun, setting their dives up, and then just go do what they do. With that, we have three divers in a total of six events with five NCAA Zone qualifying scores. We just want to continue to build on those steps as we move forward in the season.”
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