Celaya-Hernandez Claims Bronze Medal , Joins Curry in Being Named All-American
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The LSU Men’s Swimming & Diving team began the 2021 Men’s NCAA Championships with a bang as two Tigers claimed the status of All-American with their performances on Thursday. The championships will continue tomorrow for the Tigers from Greensboro, North Carolina with prelims beginning at 9 a.m CT.
ON THE BOARDS
Juan Celaya-Hernandez added to his already outstanding resume as he finished in third place on the One-Meter Springboard, earning a bronze medal and the title of NCAA All-American. He dove to a prelim score of 380.55 to qualify for the finals. In the finals, he dove to a score of 405.25 to earn his fourth career NCAA podium finish.
“That was an excellent performance by Juan tonight in a highly contested competition, as it should be at the NCAA Championships” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “This is his highest place finish on one-meter and he has now achieved a bronze finish on all three boards. It is only a matter of time when all the chips fall and he moves two steps up the podium.”
IN THE POOL
Brooks Curry earned his status of Honorable Mention All-American in the 50-Yard Freestyle as he finished in tenth place with a time of 19.08. Curry swam the ninth fastest prelim time, a 19.19 to earn his spot in the ‘B’ Final. His swim in the finals marked the first time an LSU swimmer qualified for a final swim at the NCAA Championships since 2016.
“Today was obviously a good start for the Tigers,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer.” It is hard to believe that after two seasons, this was Brooks’ first race at the NCAA Championship level. I think he was able to work off some first race jitters this morning and was much more relaxed tonight. I am looking forward to tomorrow.”
ORDER OF EVENTS FOR THE TIGERS
Friday, March 19
Saturday, March 20
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