Women’s Swim and Dive Defeats Florida State on Friday Night
Baton Rouge – The LSU Women’s Swimming and Diving team took the lead early and never let up as they would go on to defeat Florida State by a final score of 168-132. The men’s team fought hard, but fell to the Seminoles 151-147.
LSU will be back in action tomorrow, January 18, against Texas A&M at 11 a.m. CT for Senior Day.
IN THE POOL
For the women, Helen Grossman and Cassie Kalisz both won multiple events in route to the Tigers victory. Grossman won both the 100 and 200-Yard Fly with times of 53.94 and 1:58.72. This marks the sixth time the senior has won the 100-Yard Fly this season. Kalisz swept the backstroke events for the fifth time this season. She touched the wall in 54.37 in the 100-Yard and 1:58.11 in the 200-Yard. Katarina Milutinovich, Natalie Kucsan, and Summer Stanfield also brought home individual wins for the Tigers. Milutinovich won the 200-Yard Free with a time of 1:48.17, Kucsan won the 50-Yard Free with a time of 23.40, and Stanfield won the 500-Yard Free with a time of 4:53.54.
On the men’s side, Lewis Clough and Karl Luht both brought home multiple individual wins. Clough won the 100-Yard Fly for the third time this season with a time of 48.40 and the 200-Yard for the second time with a time of 1:47.72. Luht won both both backstroke events for the second time this season with times of 48.22 in the 100-Yard and 1:47.15 in the 200-Yard. Brooks Curry, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, also claimed a victory for the men as he won the 200-Yard Free with a time of 1:36.70.
We knew the women’s team was capable of swimming like this,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “There is talent in all classes. When you look at the results and who performed well it is the senior class all the way down to our freshman class. When I looked at the scheduling and I saw this opportunity to get a lot of racing in about four or five weeks out from the SEC Championships, I jumped on it. To us dual meets, although fun to win, are all about training and preparation for the end of the season.”
ON THE BOARDS
Aimee Wilson led the way for the women, winning both the one and three-meter springboard events. She scored a 288.08 on one-meter and a 337.95 on three-meter. This marks the second time in Wilson’s career that she won both springboard events in the same meet, as she did so last season against Houston and Rice. Hayley Montague dove to a score of 336.75, a new career best, to earn the silver on three-meter. She also dove to a score of 269.78 on one-meter to finish in fourth place. Anne Tuxen finished in third and fifth place on one and three-meter with scores of 277.35 and 281.33.
For the men, Manny Vazquez Bas set a new career best to win three-meter with a score of 403.20 and dove to a score of 310.13 on one-meter to take the silver. Dakota Hurbis dove to a score of 316.80 on three-meter and 291.00 on one-meter to finish in fourth and third place.
“To win three of the four events, set two personal bests, and sweep the one and three-meters at this point in January is great,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “This was exactly what I wanted to see as we are making the turn and looking to the championship season. I wanted to see the performances we had and I am very happy. Tomorrow is a new day so we have to get up tomorrow and compete again just like we will at the SEC Championships.”
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