Relay Team Breaks Record In 400 Medley at SEC's
Communications Student Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-The 400 medley relay team of Karl Luht, Silas Dejean, Logan Rysemus and Jake Markham broke the school record in the finals with a time of 3:08.00, earning eighth overall to close out day four of the SEC Championships at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center.
The swimming team had strong performances across the board as six swimmers picked up personal bests on the day. The Tigers also had four swimmers compete in the championship finals in the 200 fly, 100 back and 100 breaststroke.
The team will return to action tomorrow for the final day of competition. Prelims for the 100 free, 200 back and 200 breaststroke will start at 10 a.m. ET. Men’s platform diving prelims will take place at 1 p.m. ET followed by 1650 free prelims at 4 p.m. Championships are slated to take place at 6 p.m. ET.
In the overall standings, the men hold ninth overall with 482.5 points, and the women hold eighth place with 448 points.
“It was a pretty positive night. We capped it off with that men’s (400) medley relay record which is nice to get. Any time you’re changing marks on the program is exciting,” said head swimming coach Dave Geyer.
“It was a good night to get a lot of second swims for us. We’re excited for what tomorrow brings. We have some other people swimming in their main events. We just have to start off the morning strong with a lot of energy and excitement and see where everything lands from there.”
Kara Kopcso took fourth overall in the championship final of the 200 fly, securing a finish of 1:55.66. In the consolation final of the event, Gabrielle Pick notched sixth with a time of 2:00.10, and Sophie Weber followed in seventh at 2:00.14.
In the 100 back prelims, Kate Zimmer swam to a personal best, clocking at 54.05 to improve to fifth on LSU’s all-time list. Zimmer also placed seventh in the ‘C’ final with a time of 54.36.
Summer Spradley picked up a fourth-place finish in the bonus round of the 100 breaststroke, coming in at 1:01.57. Olivia Paskulin took eighth in the event, securing a finish of 1:02.42
In the ‘A’ final of the 100 breaststroke, Colleen O’Neil tallied a time of 1:00.18 to grab fifth overall.
For the men, Markham won the consolation final of the 200 fly with a time of 1:43.96, setting the third-fastest time in school history and a new personal best. In the 'B' final of the event, Brandon Goldman took fifth at 1:44.27 and Harrison Jones came in eighth, clocking at 1:45.18.
In the 100 back championship final, Rysemus claimed seventh place with a time of 46.69. Luht followed in eighth, touching the wall at 46.78. Luht also jumped to third on LSU’s all-time list after posting a time of 46.38 in the prelims.
Dejean put on an impressive performance in the bonus round of the 100 breaststroke, garnering his fastest time at 52.98 to retain his spot at second on LSU’s all-time list. In the consolation final of the 100 breast, Garrett House took sixth with a time of 54.72.
Two other swimmers collected personal bests in their respective events. Nicole Rozier finished with a time of 2:01.24 in the 200 fly prelims to earn her fastest time. Makenna Wilson also swam to the ninth-fastest time in school history in the 100 back at 54.54.
For the women’s diving squad, all three divers compiled career-highs in the prelims on platform, wrapping up their week at SEC’s. Lizzie Cui finished in 13th with a score of 257.70. Rileigh Knox followed in 16th, diving to a score of 242.15. Makayla Robillard took 27th with a score of 212.55.
Schedule of Events
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