LSU S&D Travels to Battle Pitt and Virginia
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE – The LSU swimming and diving team will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to take on Pitt and Virginia. The meet will take place on October 20-21, with Friday’s events starting at 3 p.m. CT and Saturday’s events starting at 9 a.m. CT.
For the 20 freshmen on the team, it will be the first time in their collegiate careers that they will travel, but LSU swimming head coach Dave Geyer sees this as an opportunity to test his young team.
“The challenge for the team is to bring an unprecedented amount of energy and excitement around their teammates,” said Geyer. “We are in the middle of some challenging training so the opportunity to step out of our usual travel plans, and compete against two other quality teams we haven’t raced before is exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing how our youth-filled team continues to develop and obviously look for great leadership from the ones that have been in this type of spot before.”
Sophomore Lewis Clough will be looking to repeat his four-win performance from the Tigers’ last time in the pool. Clough won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while also winning the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard free relay on September 29th.
Junior Summer Spradley, like Clough, also won four events last time out. Her wins in the 100-yard breaststroke, 100 free, 200-yard mixed relay, and 400-yard free relay helped propelled the Lady Tigers to victory over Loyola and Tulane. A similar performance would go a long way to seeing the Lady Tigers succeed this weekend.
In the diving well, junior Lizzie Cui and sophomore Juan Celaya-Hernandez won both events on September 29th and will be looking to improve on their scores and qualify for NCAA Zones. Junior Rileigh Knox will also be looking to get her first win of the season after finishing second behind Cui in both the one-meter springboard and the three-meter springboard three weeks ago.
“We are excited to travel to Pittsburgh to compete against Pitt and UVA,” said LSU diving head coach Doug Shaffer. “These are two quality opponents and we are excited about this competition. We have trained very well since our last competition almost three weeks ago, and we are better. I'm looking for us to step up in unfamiliar surroundings and compete with focus and determination.”
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Order of events:
Diving- Women- 3 meter, Men- 1 meter
400 medley relay
Diving- Men-3 meter, Women-1 meter
200 medley relay
400 free relay