Swimming and Diving Closes Out Dual Meet Season

Butterfly and IM Specialist Kara Kopcso
Butterfly and IM Specialist Kara Kopcso
Chris Parent
Fraser McAlpine
Fraser McAlpine
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The LSU swimming and diving team wrapped up the final dual meet of the season with a solid performance against SEC opponent Texas A&M on Saturday at the Rec Center Natatorium. Overall, the No. 25 ranked women (4-2) fell to the No. 7 Aggies by a score of 193-103, and the No. 24 ranked men (1-3) were defeated by a tally of 173-127.

The women will return to action next weekend for the final set of home meets at the LSU Natatorium against Tulane, Rice and Houston. The men will return to the pool for the SEC Championships in February.

“It was a tough meet. We knew their women were really talented and deep, and it showed,” said head swimming coach Dave Geyer. “Performance wise, I thought we were right where we need to be at this point, but we certainly could have been more into the meet mentally.”

The women’s 200 medley relay team of Kate Zimmer, Colleen O’Neil, Kara Kopcso and Leah Troskot opened up the meet taking second place at 1:41.06.

In the individual events, O’Neil compiled a trio of second place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 IM, posting finishes of 1:01.40, 2:15.91 and 2:02.72 in the respective events.

Kopcso took second overall in two events, touching the wall at 1:59.58 in the 200 fly and 54.50 in the 100 fly. Kopcso also took third in the 200 IM at 2:04.09. 

In the 50 free, Haylee Knight grabbed second place, coming in at 23.08. Leah Troskot and Knight finished 2-3 in the 100 free, as Troskot clocked at 50.51 and Knight followed on her heels at 50.80.

Megan Loop also took another second place finish for the Lady Tigers in the 500 free at 5:02.27.

For the men’s squad, Sven Saemundsson led the way for the men after picking up a pair of individual wins in the distance freestyle events, securing first place in the 1000 and 500 free with a times  of 9:21.19 and 4:31.45 respectively.

Three other swimmers collected a win at the meet. Logan Rysemus took first in the 100 fly at 48.21, and Karl Luht added another victory for the men in the 100 free at 44.63.  

Alarii Levreualt-Lopez edged out teammate Brandon Goldman for first overall in the 200 fly with a time of 1:48.25. Goldman earned second place for his performance, touching the wall at 1:48.55.

In the 200 free, Lewis Clough, Jake Markham, and Damen Pheiffer finished 1-2-3 with times of 1:38.92, 1:38.95 and 1:39.94. Rysemus and Luht also tallied second and third place finishes in the 100 back, timing at 48.00 and 48.99.

Silas Dejean logged two more second place finishes in the 100 and 200 breast, posting times of 54.46 and 2:00.32 respectfully. The men wrapped up the meet at second overall in the 200 free relay, as the team of Luht, Joao Mescolote, Markham and Rysemus touched the wall at 1:21.62.

“The men were obviously a little excited to start off the relays,” said Geyer. “I liked our response shortly after with the 1000 and 200 (free) though to put us back into the meet. From there, we just couldn’t sustain momentum and (A&M’s) depth took points away from us.”

For the diving squad, Lizzie Cui took first overall on three-meter, diving to a personal best of 367.65 to retain her spot at third on LSU’s all-time list. Makayla Robillard posted a score of 272.10 on one-meter to grab second, and Rileigh Knox followed in third with a score of 266.40.

On the men’s side, Matt McClellan dove to a career-high on three meter with a score of 370.05 for second overall, squeaking past Andrew Suchla, who tallied a score at 369.38 for third in a tightly-contested event. Matt Phillip also dove to a score of 325.96 to place fourth on three-meter, and Suchla tacked on another third place finish on one-meter with a score of 353.05.

“We competed well and had two personal best performances on three-meter in Lizzie and Matt McClellan,” said head diving coach Doug Shaffer. The men’s three-meter event was really exciting and came down to the last dive. It could have gone any way between the top-three finishers.

“I like where we are as a team right now. We have one more competition and we’re in the championship season.”

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