Tigers Kick Off 2021 Women’s Swimming & Diving NCAA Championships

by Tanner Craft | Communications Student Assistant
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Tigers Kick Off 2021 Women’s Swimming & Diving NCAA Championships

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The LSU Swimming & Diving team began the 2021 Women’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday as three Tigers competed on day one across three events. The Tigers will be back in action tomorrow with prelims starting at 10 a.m. CT from Greensboro, N.C.

IN THE POOL

Summer Stanfield kicked off the week for the Tigers by finishing in 50th place in the 200-Yard IM. She touched the wall with a time of 2:00.01. Katarina Milutinovich followed Stanfield up with a 49th place finish in the 50-Yard Freestyle with a time of 22.80.

“It is definitely a different setup than we have seen before at this meet,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “I am glad we have one swim under ourselves now and can adapt accordingly to how things are being run. It always comes down to some details in our morning swims. Katarina was out great in her 50, and just added a stroke at the end, which can be a couple of tenths right there. Summer had three outstanding 50’s in her IM but her breaststroke was just a little off today. She then finished her race with some of the best in the field. Definitely some promising parts for their better events ahead.”

ON THE BOARDS

Montserrat Gutierrez Lavenant got things started on the boards for the Tigers this week. She just missed out on a second opportunity to dive in the night cap as she finished in 17th place with a score of 277.75. 

“I am super proud of Montserrat’s performance today in her debut at the NCAA Championships,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “She was very solid in all of her dives in a very tough and accomplished field. By the narrowest of margins she missed the top-16. She gets better in the higher levels so I am confident in the days ahead. Today was a great experience.”

ORDER OF EVENTS FOR THE TIGERS

Friday, March 19
200-Yard Freestyle
100-Yard Breaststroke
Three-Meter Diving

Saturday, March 20
200-Yard Backstroke
100-Yard Freestyle
200-Yard Butterfly
Platform Diving

LIVE COVERAGE
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LIVE VIDEO

Friday Prelims: https://lsul.su/2HlQbw9
Friday Finals: https://lsul.su/2HlQbw9

Saturday Prelims: https://lsul.su/2HlQbw9
Saturday Finals: https://lsul.su/2HlQbw9

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