Tigers Set to Begin SEC Championships in Athens and Columbia

There will be no spectator seating available inside the competition facilities for the duration of the events. All sessions of the championships will air live on SEC Network+.

by Tanner Craft | Communications Student Assistant
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Tigers Set to Begin SEC Championships in Athens and Columbia

ATHENS, GA. – The LSU women’s swimming team and the LSU diving team will begin their championship season this week at the 2021 SEC Championships. The women’s swim team will be in Athens, Georgia while the Tiger divers will be in Columbia, Missouri. Both events will begin Wednesday, February 17th and run through Saturday, February 20th.

There will be no spectator seating available inside the competition facilities for the duration of the events. All sessions of the championships will air live on SEC Network+.

LAST TIME OUT

The women’s swimming team will be back in action for the first time since taking on Texas A&M on January 23. During that meet, Emilie Boll came in first place in the 100-Yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:02.27, while her counterpart Lexi Daniels finished first on the 500-Yard Free with a time of 4:56.70. 

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. Katarina Milutinovich Milutinovich finished in second place for the 50-Yard Free and the 100-Yard Free with times of 23.07 and 50.93.

The Tiger divers are also back in action for the first time since that meet against the Aggies. 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.

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.

FROM THE COACHES

“We have spoken with our women a lot about the ability to adapt to things out of our control this season and that is where our success will come from,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “They have done a great job as a whole working through this season even when there may have been thoughts we would not get to this point.”

“They have had a great flow in the few days we have traveled and been here so far,” continued Coach Geyer. “As long as they focus on the process and the task at hand there will be some great success in the water for the women.”

“We are excited to be in Columbia for the SEC Championships,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “They have a first class staff and facility and we look forward to a successful championship.”

“Tomorrow begins day one of our championship season in a season that has been filled with uncertainty,” continued Coach Shaffer. “We are excited for the opportunity to compete. We look great in the pool and we are excited for the opportunities ahead of us.”

SWIM ORDER OF EVENTS

Wednesday, February 17
200 Medley Relay
800 Free Relay

Thursday, February 18
500 Free
200 IM
50 Free
200 Free Relay (Finals Only)

Friday, February 19
400 IM
100 Fly
200 Free
100 Breast
100 Back
400 Medley Relay (Finals Only)

Saturday, February 20
1650 Free (Finals Only)
200 Back
100 Free
200 Breast
200 Fly
400 Free Relay (Finals Only)

DIVING ORDER OF EVENTS

Wednesday, February 17
Women’s One-Meter

Thursday, February 18
Women’s Three-Meter
Men’s One-Meter

Friday, February 19
Women’s Platform
Men’s Three-Meter

Saturday, February 20
Men’s Platform

LIVE STATS/VIDEO

Swimming: http://lsul.su/3aqfqJr
Diving: http://lsul.su/3as9QGc
Swimming Video: https://lsul.su/2NuYwQL
Diving Video: https://lsul.su/2OLUynx

MORE INFORMATION

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