Vazquez Bas Wins Bronze on Platform During Friday Night Finals
Auburn, Ala. – The LSU Swimming and Diving Team finished off Friday night finals with a bronze medal and a school record at the 2020 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. The Tigers will be back in action Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. CT for prelims inside the James E. Martin Aquatics Center at Auburn University.
On the boards for the Tigers, Manny Vazquez Bas claimed the bronze on platform. His score of 393.60 is a career best for the freshman diver at his first SEC Championships.
“Tonight was a great opportunity to put more points on the board for the men’s team,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “Dakota finished in 14th place and Manny was exceptional in route to winning his first SEC Championship medal. It is awesome to start to see his true potential showing in his first SEC Championships.”
In the 200-Yard Butterfly, Summer Stanfield touched the wall 18th with a career best time of 1:58.60. Nicole Rozier finished 20th with a time of 1:58.70. Helen Grossman touched 23rd with a time of 2:00.01. For the men, Lewis Clough swam a personal best time of 1:45.65, finishing 19th overall.
In the 100-Yard Backstroke, Katarina Milutinovich touched the wall 21st overall with a time of 53.66. For the men, Karl Luht claimed a fourth place finish in the A-Final with a time of 46.02. Matt Klotz touched 12th overall with a time of 47.10. Finishing 23rd, Miguel Velasquez swam a 48.22.
In the 100-Yard Breaststroke, Niamh Robinson finished sixth overall in the A-Final. Her time of 59.85 moves her up to third on the LSU all-time list. Olivia Paskulin finished 18th with a time of 1:00.99. On the men’s side, Luca Pfyffer swam a personal best time of 52.91, finishing 12th overall. Cameron Karkoska touched the wall in 19th place with a career best time of 53.45.
The 400-Yard Medley Relay team of Katarina Milutinovich, Olivia Paskulin, Helen Grossman and Olivia Taylor finished in 11th place with a time of 3:37.71. For the men, the relay team of Luht, Pfyffer, Michael Petro and Brooks Curry tied the school record of 3:07.02, finishing fifth overall.
“It was a solid day and night for the Tigers, said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “We challenged them to really try and go this morning and we had a great core accept the challenge and put themselves in a position to score some points. When you throw a school record in at the end of the night, it gives us some great momentum going into the final day.”
ORDER OF EVENTS
1650-Yard Freestyle (Finals Only)
400-Yard Freestyle Relay (Finals Only)
HOW TO WATCH
All the action will be streamed on SECN+
For more information and updates on LSU Swimming and Diving please visit LSUsports.net, ‘like’ us on Facebook at LSU Swimming and Diving or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LSUSwimDive.