Swimming Heads to Auburn for Auburn Invitational

by Tanner Craft | Communications Student Assistant
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Swimming Heads to Auburn for Auburn Invitational

BATON ROUGE –  The LSU Swim Team is all set to hit the road and head to Auburn to take part in the Auburn Invitational. The invitational will begin on Friday, February 7 and will run through Sunday, February 9 from the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on the campus of Auburn University.

LAST TIME OUT

A total of eight Lady Tigers won 13 different events in route to victories over Houston and Rice. 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.

The next day served as time trials for the Tigers. Seven Tigers swam season best times on a day that also featured one lifetime best and a Top-10 time. Brittany Thompson swam a season’s best time in the 200-Yard IM with a 2:02.73 to finish in second place. Nicole Rozier and Olivia Taylor both swam season best times in the 100-Yard Fly. Rozier touched the wall in 53.60, which is a full second better than her time of 54.60 she swam against Missouri. Taylor finished with a time of 55.17, beating her best time of 55.31 she swam at the SMU Invitational. Summer Stanfield, Ellie Baldwin, and Natalie Kucsan all swam season best times in the 200-Yard Free. Stanfield touched the wall in 1:47.97 which was also a lifetime best, Baldwin touched the wall in 1:49.37, and Kucsan touched the wall in 1:51.35. Katarina Milutinovich swam the 100-Yard Back in 53.75, over a second better than her 54.76 she swam against SMU. Milutinovich’s time also propelled her to sixth all time in LSU history in the 100 Back.

Last time out for the men, Lewis Clough was the only Tiger to claim the gold in an event against No. 5 Texas A&M, as the senior did so in the 100-Yard Butterfly with a time of 48.38. Clough also finished in third place in the 200-Yard Free with a time of 1:37.31. Brooks Curry notched two second place finishes as he swam a 20.24 in the 50-Yard Free and a 1:37.31 in the 200-Yard Free. Senior Keagan Finley claimed the silver in two events. He swam a 4:35.11 in the 500-Yard Free to finish second and a 9:29.77 in the 1000-Yard Free. Karl Lut, another senior for the Tigers, also finished second in two events. He touched the wall in 47.49 in the 100-Yard Back and 1:50.95 in the 200-Yard Back. 

Also for the men, Luca Pfyffer notched two third place finishes as the junior swam a 56.08 in the 100-Yard Breast and a 2:02.59 in the 200-Yard Breast. Migeuel Velasquez also notched two third place finishes by swimming the 100-Yard Back in 50.28 and the 200-Yard Back in 1:51.91. Ben Hooper finished in second place in the 200-Yard Fly with a time of 1:50.79 and third place in the 100-Yard Fly with a time of 49.39. In the 400-Yard IM, Julian Norman and Isak Vikstrom finished in second and third place with times of 4:07.05 and 4:07.72. Vikstrom also finished in third place in the 500-Yard Free with a time of 4:38.25.

ORDER OF EVENTS

Friday

200-Yard Freestyle Relay
500-Yard Freestyle
200-Yard IM
50-Yard Free
400-Yard Medley Relay

Saturday

200-Yard Medley Relay
400-Yard IM
100-Yard Butterfly
200-Yard Freestyle
100-Yard Breast
100-Yard Back
800-Yard Freestyle

Sunday

1650-Yard Freestyle
200-Yard Backstroke
100-Yard Freestyle
200-Yard Breaststroke
200-Yard Butterfly
400-Yard Freestyle

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