Tigers Close Out Regular Season Against Texas A&M
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The LSU Swimming and Diving team returned to action Saturday morning to face the No. 4/12 Texas A&M Aggies inside the Rec Center Natatorium.
The men’s team fell by a score of 176-122, and the women’s team lost by a score of 172-116.
“We had a few highlights today, but just a little short of where I thought we would be this weekend,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “Great performances from the Nyboer brothers with Braden finishing his career with a personal best. Brooks (Curry) is really in the form we look for him to be in right now as well.”
“On the women’s side, we had some great swims, but just on the other side of some finishes from where we need to be,” continued Geyer. “We’re all ready to head into our final prep phase for the end of the season and make adjustments we need to with training.”
IN THE POOL
A total of five Tigers finished in first place against the Aggies on Saturday. Brooks Curry won two events in the 200-Yard Free and the 100-Yard Free with times of 1:36.71 and 42.29. Newcomer Mason Nyboer had a strong output in the 1000-Yard Free, finishing with time of 9:20.78, seven seconds ahead of the next competitor. Fellow Nyboer brother, Braden, took first place in the 500-Yard Free with a time of 4:30.82, while Mason came in second with a time of 4:33.34.
A slew of remaining Tigers had strong outings finishing in the top-three consistently. For the men, Mitch Mason competed in the 100-Yard Breaststroke and the 200-Yard Breaststroke, finishing with times of 55.60 and 2:03.63, respectively. David Boylan had two top-three finishes in the 200-Yard Fly and the 200-Yard Backstroke with times of 1:51.36 and 1:52.86. Michael Petro finished in second place in the 100-Yard Fly with a time of 49.85.
For the women, Hannah Bellina collected two top-three finishes in the 200-Yard Fly and the 100-Yard Free. In the individual races, she finished with times of 2:00.95 and 55.67. Milutinovich finished in second place for the 50-Yard Free and the 100-Yard Free with times of 23.07 and 50.93.
ON THE BOARDS
Juan Celaya-Hernandez continued his dominance, taking first-place in the three-meter dive and the one-meter dive. His score on the one-meter was 405.22, while his score on the three-meter was 441.00. Manny Vazquez Bas placed fourth on the one-meter and second in the three-meter behind Celaya-Hernandez with scores of 282.98 and 349.80.
In the women’s three-meter, Anne Tuxen placed fourth with a score of 295.80, while Montserrat Gutierrez Lavenant placed sixth with a score of 254.93. On the one-meter dive, the trio of divers eclipsed the top-four. Tuxen’s score of 287.10 warranted second place, while Lavenant’s 269.17 put her in third place. Hayley Montague rounded out the one-meter dive with a score of 246.08, which put her in fourth place.
“Today was our first competition since before Christmas,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “I expected some competitive cobwebs but we also had some very positive performances. We are in perfect position looking ahead to championship season.”
Championship Season Up Next
The Tigers will hit the road to compete in their respective conference championships. The diving and women’s swimming championship will coincide with one another beginning Wednesday, February 17 and will conclude on Friday, February 20.
The diving championship will take place in Columbia, Missouri at the Mizzou Aquatic Center, while the women’s swimming championship will be held at Gabrielson Natatorium in Athens, Georgia.
The men’s swimming championship will follow the next week, starting on Tuesday, February 23 and finishing on Friday, February 26. They will follow in the footsteps of the diving championships and compete inside the Mizzou Aquatic Center.
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