Celaya-Hernandez Claims Silver on Three-Meter
ATHENS, GA. — The LSU Swimming and Diving teams finished off the third day of events at the 2021 SEC Championships Friday night with three swimmers and three divers participating in their respective finals. The Tigers are looking to finish strong with the final day of events on Saturday, February 20. Swimming prelims will begin at 9 a.m. CT and diving prelims are set to begin at 11 a.m. CT.
ON THE BOARDS
After winning the SEC Championship on the One-Meter Springboard for the third time in his LSU career, Juan Celaya-Hernandez shined in the Three-Meter Springboard prelim, placing fourth with a score of 400.00. His performance qualified him for Friday’s final. He would go on to finish second in the final with a score of 472.40.
Dakota Hurbis finished in 24th place on three-meter with a score of 275.65.
For the women, Montserrat Gutierrez Lavenant and Anne Tuxen competed in the final for the Women’s Platform dive. Lavenant finished in second place in the prelims with a score of 285.60 and then finished in fourth place with a score of 273.80 in the final.
Tuxen qualified for the final with a prelim score of 260.15. In the finals, she finished in fifth place with a score of 258.55.
“I am proud of the growth and development of this group,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “Anne (Tuxen) qualified for her third final and Montserrat (Gutierrez Lavenant) her first. Montserrat was the only freshman to qualify for the platform final and narrowly missed a medal. I am proud of Dakota (Hurbis) who completed his SEC career with a big scoring performance. Juan contended for another title but came up just shy. I am looking forward to our last day tomorrow as we look to finish out the championships with continued success.”
IN THE POOL
To start the night in the competition pool, Katarina Milutinovich finished in 8th place in the ‘B’ Final, and 16th overall in the 200-Yard Freestyle with a time of 1:47.05. Summer Stanfield finished in a tie for second place in the ‘C’ Final and 17th overall with a time of 1:47.26.
In the 100-Yard Breaststroke, Emilie Boll swam the fifth fastest time in school history, 59.97, to finish in second place in the ‘B’ Final and 10th overall.
To round out the night, the 400-Yard Medley Relay team of Alyssa Helak, Boll, Hannah Bellina, and Olivia Taylor finished in 11th place with a time of 3:38.41.
“It was great to get a few second opportunities tonight for our women,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “I am really proud of how they attacked their races and put things out there. I feel like each session we are starting to put pieces together better and better and hopefully that will culminate tomorrow.”
SWIM ORDER OF EVENTS
Saturday, February 20
1650 Free (Finals Only)
400 Free Relay (Finals Only)
DIVING ORDER OF EVENTS
Saturday, February 20
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