Women’s Swim and Dive Defeat Houston, Rice
HOUSTON – The LSU Women’s Swim and Dive Team defeated the Houston Cougars and Rice Owls on Friday night from the CRWC Natatorium on the campus of the University of Houston. The Tigers defeated Houston by a final score of 211.50-87.50 and Rice by a score of 202.00-89.00.
The Tigers will be back in action tomorrow for Time Trials starting at 10 a.m. CT.
IN THE POOL
A total of eight Tigers won 13 different events in route to the victory. Katarina Milutinovich, Cassie Kalisz, and Helen Grossman all won multiple events. Milutnovich won both the 100 and 200-Yard Free with times of 50.13 and 1:49.05. This marks the second time in Milutinovich’s career that she won both the 100 and 200 Free in the same meet as she did so at the SMU Invitational in November. Kalisz won both backstroke events, for the sixth time this season, with times of 54.96 in the 100-Yard and 1:58.90 in the 200-Yard. Grossman touched the wall first in both butterfly events for the second time this season. She swam a 54.23 in the 100-Yard and a 1:59.68 in the 200-Yard.
Five other Tigers brought home individual victories. Olivia Paskulin won the 100-Yard Breast with a time of 1:02.98, Olivia Taylor won the 50-Yard Free with a time of 23.25, Niamh Robinson won the 200-Yard Breast with a time of 2:13.99, Jolee Liles won the 500-Yard Free with a time of 4:55.79, and Summer Stanfield won the 200-Yard IM with a time of 2:03.05.
The team of Kalisz, Paskulin, Grossman, and Taylor got the night started with a bang after winning the 200-Yard Medley Relay with a time of 1:41.71. The team of Milutinovich, Grossmna, Taylor and Natalie Kucsan closed out the night with a win in the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay after touching the wall in 3:24.33.
“I am really happy with the racing we did today,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. Five meets in 22 days is a tough task but I like what I saw. Through the whole meet, the women stayed focused and competed to their fullest. There were definitely some details in and out of our turns that we need to address and I am hoping we can see that tomorrow in time trials.”
ON THE BOARDS
Aimee Wilson won both springboard events as the Tigers dominated on the boards. Wilson won the three-meter springboard with a score of 387.38, which improves her second best score in LSU history and is a season high for the Tigers. She also set a new season-high on one-meter with a score of 328.58 to take the top spot.
Hayley Montague claimed a second place finish on one-meter with a score of 276.83, which is a new career-high for the freshman. She then finished in sixth place on three-meter with a score of 267.53. Anne Tuxen dove to a score of 298.58 to finish in second place on three-meter.
“I am very happy with our performance on the boards today,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “Taking the top two spots on both boards greatly contributes to our team score. Aimee (Wilson) recorded personal bests on both boards and really shined. This type of performance is exactly what we want to see going into the championship season.”
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