Liles, Milutinovich Qualify for Final Swims During Thursday Prelims
ATHENS, GA. — The LSU women’s Swimming team returned to action Thursday morning for day two of the 2021 SEC Championships from inside the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Georgia. The Tigers will return to the pool tonight for Thursday night finals beginning at 5:00 p.m. CT.
IN THE POOL
To get the day started in Athens, five Tigers participated in the 500-Yard Freestyle. Jolee Liles led the way, finishing with the third-fastest time in school history in the event, a 4:48.14. She placed 21st overall in the prelims, earning a spot in the ‘C’ final tonight.
Along with Liles, Lexi Daniels finished in 26th place with a time of 4:49.79. Jessica Pryne had a time of 4:54.85, placing 37th. Alyssa Helak came in 26th with a time of 4:57.94. Kit Hanley finished in 42nd place with a time of 4:58.47.
In the 200-Yard IM, Summer Stanfield finished 30th overall with a time of 2:00.02. Maddie Clifton had a time of 2:02.45, placing 49th overall. Right behind her was Brittany Thompson, who finished in 50th place with a time of 2.02.64. In 56th place, Hannah Bellina finished with a time of 2:03.49, while Allie McDaid finished in the 60th place with a time of 2:04.92.
In the 50-Yard Free, Katarina Milutinovich qualified for the “B” Binal by swimming the event in 22.54. Milutinovich’s time moved her up to No. 7 all-time in school history. Olivia Taylor finished in 36th place with a time of 23.14. Natalie Kucsan had a time of 23.36, placing 48th overall. Sarah Grace Thompson finished in 55th place with a time of 23.56. Reagan Osborne finished with a time of 23.71 giving her a 60th place finish. Sydney Roycraft finished in 68th place with a time of 24.08. Emilie Boll finished in 77th place with a time of 27.98. Freshman Jadyn Jannasch finished in 79th place with a time of 29.04.
“We saw the type of initiative required to be successful in the morning at this meet and it was great to see that aggression rewarded,” said LSU Associate Head Coach Steve Mellor. “Jolee (Liles) has a great opportunity to build off a fantastic effort from this morning in her first SEC Final. Katarina (Milutinovich) has started where she left off at last year’s championship with another morning best time to get a second opportunity tonight. There are plenty of reasons to be excited for what is to come heading into this evening and of course the next two days where the majority of our athletes have their best swims to come.”
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