Celaya-Hernandez, Curry Combine on Historic Night for the Tigers

by Tanner Craft | Communications Student Assistant
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Celaya-Hernandez, Curry Combine on Historic Night for the Tigers

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The LSU Men’s Swimming & Diving team followed up a successful day one of the 2021 Men’s NCAA Championships with a historic day two. The championships will conclude tomorrow for the Tigers from Greensboro, North Carolina with prelims beginning at 9 a.m CT.

ON THE BOARDS

Juan Celaya-Hernandez continued his outstanding season by finishing in third place on the Three-Meter Springboard, his second bronze medal of the championships, and the sixth medal of his career. He dove to a prelim score of 411.45 to qualify for the finals. In the finals, he dove to a score of 452.50 to earn that bronze medal finish. His finish inside the top eight earns him the title of an All-American on three-meter for the third time in his career.

“The men’s three-meter event was one of the best and deepest contests I have seen in years,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “Juan competed very well and definitely rose to the occasion. I am proud of his efforts in securing his fourth third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. When you combine Juan’s performance with Brooks’ ‘A’ Final swim, it adds up to a special night for LSU Swimming & Diving.” 

IN THE POOL

Brooks Curry closed out one of the best nights for a Tiger swimmer in 17 years. The sophomore finished in sixth place in the 200-Yard Freestyle with a time of 1:33.12. With his performance, Curry became the first Tiger swimmer to swim in an ‘A’ Final at the NCAA Championships since 2007, earning him the title of an All-American. His sixth place finish is the highest by a Tiger swimmer since 2004.

Freshman Mitch Mason also swam today for the Tigers in the 100-Yard Breaststroke. In his first ever NCAA Championship race, Mason finished in 21st place with a time of 52.35.

“Today was a great day in the pool and on the boards,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “Brooks took care of what he needed to do this morning to secure that ‘A’ Final swim and earned his first All-American honor. Mitch had a great first race at these championships where he won his heat and advanced his ranking. We have a big day ahead tomorrow and want to finish this meet out well.”

ORDER OF EVENTS FOR THE TIGERS

Saturday, March 20
100-Yard Freestyle
200-Yard Breaststroke
Platform Diving

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