Celaya-Hernandez Notches Silver On Three-Meter
Communications Student Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-Juan Celaya-Hernandez added to his medal collection after shattering his own school record on three-meter with an incredible score of 469.95, picking up his second silver medal of the week on day three of the SEC Championships at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center.
Jake Markham also bested his own school record in the 200 free, boasting an impressive time of 1:33.94 to garner first place in the ‘B’ final.
The team will return to action tomorrow morning for prelims in the 200 fly, 100 back, and 100 breaststroke at 10 a.m. ET. Women’s platform preliminaries will follow at 1 p.m. ET.
“Today was a great evening session. We had some solid swims in the AM, and we were able to swim up a little tonight,” said head swimming coach Dave Geyer.
“I honestly feel that Juan and the divers’ performance on three-meter really got our 200 freestylers fired-up. Tomorrow can be a really strong day for us, and we need to keep the momentum going.”
Celaya-Hernandez demolished his own record on three-meter by over 35 points in the finals. The two-time SEC silver medalist netted an unbelievable score of 99.45 in the final round to close out the day for diving. Celaya-Hernandez, a freshman from Mexico, was just narrowly edged out by Texas A&M’s Tyler Henschel, who broke the SEC meet record on three-meter with a score of 478.40.
“Juan competed like a true champion. He faltered a bit on his first dive, but never gave up,” said head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “He’s the only freshman in this competition, but he nailed his last dive, which has the highest degree of difficulty, just shy of 100 points. It was incredible.”
For the swimming portion of the meet, Kara Kopcso touched the wall at 52.34 in the 100 fly championships. In the bonus round of the event, Haylee Knight took fifth with a time of 52.82. Knight also picked up a personal best in the prelims, finishing at 53.22 to retain her spot at sixth on LSU’s all-time list.
Leah Troskot added a second-place finish in the ‘B’ final of the 200 free, clocking at 1:46.72. In the consolation final, Devon Dabney jumped to sixth on LSU’s all-time list in after finishing with a time of 1:47.22 for third place and a personal best.
For the men, Logan Rysemus claimed seventh in the ‘A’ final of the 100 fly with a time of 46.17. Brandon Goldman secured eighth overall in the ‘B’ final after logging a time of 47.20 in the event. Goldman also swam to a personal best in the prelims at 46.82 to earn a spot at seventh on LSU’s all-time list.
Markham wrapped up the day with his record-breaking performance in the 200 free ‘B’ final with first place at 1:33.94.
Four other swimmers also achieved personal bests in their respective events in the prelims.
Tennyson Henry collected a personal best at 1:49.36 in the 200 free, and in the 400 IM, Sven Saemundsson touched the wall at 3:52.66 in the 400 IM prelims to earn a spot at sixth on LSU’s all-time list in the event.
For the second consecutive event, the men’s diving squad sent at least two divers to the finals, and all four divers for the Tigers placed in the top-10 in the prelims. Matt McClellan picked up a career-high on three-meter in the prelims, compiling a score of 399.45 to move to fourth place on LSU’s all-time list. In the championships, McClellan posted a score of 361.20 for eighth overall.
Matt Phillip just narrowly missed out on a trip to the finals after logging a score of 371.85 for ninth overall. Andrew Suchla followed in 10th, diving to a score of 367.50.
“I said before the prelims started that getting four LSU divers in the final was within our potential, and we nearly accomplished that,” said Shaffer. “Overall, it was another great day on the boards.”
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Schedule of Events
Friday, February 17
10 a.m.-200 fly, 100 back, 100 breast prelims
1 p.m.-Women’s platform prelims
6 p.m.-200 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, Women’s platform, 400 medley relay finals
Saturday, February 18
10 a.m.-200 back, 100 free, 200 breast
1 p.m.-Men’s platform
6 p.m.-1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, Men’s platform, 400 free relay finals