Women's Swimming & Diving Sweeps Quad Meet

The LSU women's senior class
The LSU women's senior class
Steve Franz
Seth Medvin
Seth Medvin

BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Women's Swimming and Diving team (9-2,3-2 SEC) swept Houston, Rice and Tulane in a two-day quad meet and celebrated Senior Day in front of a supportive crowd at the LSU Natatorium on Saturday.

Seniors Chelsea Griffiths, Sara Haley, Audrey Lawson, Kaelee Mader, Mikayda Mills, Jana Ruimerman, Elle Schmidt and Sally Wood and men's senior diver Jesse Lyman were honored.

"You always want to send the seniors off on a positive and happy note like that, and of course winning all three dual meets puts a little bit of icing on the cake," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said.

LSU defeated Houston, 218-134, Rice, 203-143 and Tulane, 241-110. Rice defeated Houston, 201.50-142.50, and Tulane, 223-118. Houston defeated Tulane, 198.50-153.50.

"I couldn't be happier with the way we rounded out our dual and invitational season," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said.  "We have worked on platform really hard. The success that we had today with the number of personal bests that we had across the team today showed that hard work is paying off. I couldn't be happier with where we are going into our conference championship season."

LSU led off the meet with a victory in the opening relay for the second consecutive day. Katlin Sepp led off the 400 medley relay (3:47.63) and was followed by freshman Taryn MacKenzie, junior Rainey White and sophomore Amber Carter.

Wood posted an impressive 400 individual medley victory with a mark of 4:23.13, which was six seconds faster than her nearest competitor.

Junior Torrey Bussey notched her second individual victory of the meet with a swim of 1:04.50 in the 100 breaststroke.

Junior Kyra Jones set her season best in the 200 backstroke with a mark of 2:02.68 in a first place finish. Sophomore Katlin Sepp followed behind Jones in second with a time of 2:03.58.

On the platform dive, freshman Cassie Weil scored LSU's third best all-time dive of 289.00. Sophomore Alex Bettridge turned in LSU's fifth best all-time platform score of 241.90.

Schmidt also recorded her career high with a total of 241.90.

The entire LSU Swimming and Diving program next will return to action at the Southeastern Conference Championships in College Station, Texas beginning Feb. 19.

"Next up is conference. Now is an opportunity for us to get into our final preparation cycle and add some rest," Geyer said. "From what I saw this weekend, we definitely have some front end speed in our races. With a correct race cycle ahead of us, we should have our back end stamina down."

For news, notes and behind-the-scenes action of the program leading up to and during the conference meet, check out the programs' Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/LSUSwimDive) or follow us on Twitter @LSUSwimDive.




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