Gutierrez Lavenant Wins Three-Meter Consolation Final at NCAA Championships
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The LSU Swimming & Diving team completed day two of the 2021 Women’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday as four Tigers competed 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
To begin the day, Katarina Milutinovich finished in 29th place in the 200-Yard Freestyle with a time of 1:46.64. In the 100-Yard Breaststroke, Emilie Boll finished in 38th place in her first NCAA event with a time of 1:00.59.
“I think our youthfulness showed today in our races,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “Katarina was very aggressive going out in her race which is not usually her game plan for the 200. The door was open for a second swim but unfortunately she did not swim her race. It was a similar scenario for Emilie but on the opposite side. It was a technically great race but she just was not aggressive on the front where she usually is. However, it is always valuable experience we get everytime we race on this stage. Experience that no one has with our seven representatives here.”
ON THE BOARDS
Montserrat Gutierrez Lavenant had quite the day on the boards for the Tigers as she notched the highest place finish by a freshman under head diving coach Doug Shaffer. She finished in ninth place, after winning the consolation final, on three-meter with a score of 348.30, a career high.
“I could not be happier for Montserrat and her performance today,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “She was steady in the prelims, advanced to the consolation final, then turned it on with a personal best and season high score. This was a huge breakthrough for her as she has faced adversity all season long. I am very proud of her.”
Anne Tuxen also competed for the first time at the NCAA Championships today on three-meter. The sophomore finished in 34th place with a score of 263.05.
“I feel for Anne as she did not execute to her ability or potential,” continued Coach Shaffer. “The NCAA Championship preliminaries are difficult and it is easy to get caught up in that, particularly in your NCAA debut. However, she is a competitor and has her best event tomorrow.”
ORDER OF EVENTS FOR THE TIGERS
Saturday, March 20
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