LSU Starts Fast, Finishes 3rd on Day Two at Pitt
Communications Student Assistant
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The LSU swimming and diving team finished third after day two of their tri-meet versus Pitt and Virginia. The women came up short to Pitt, 212-141, and Virginia, 251-97, while the men fell to Pitt, 203-150, and Virginia, 222-131.
Like yesterday, the Tigers got off to a fast start, winning both diving events. Sophomore Juan Celaya-Hernandez won the men’s three-meter springboard with a score of 413.20, winning both diving events at the meet. Lizzie Cui also won both women’s diving events this weekend, taking home gold in the women’s one meter springboard with a season-best score of 293.85.
Both Cui and Celaya-Hernandez qualified for NCAA Zones on top of their wins this morning.
“Going into this meet I knew that sweeping the diving events was a possibility and I told the team that,” noted LSU diving head coach Doug Shaffer. “For that to occur we had to focus on execution and for the most part we did that. But we surely have a to-do list moving forward.”
Mescolote was the only swimmer to win multiple events on the day. Mescolote was the anchor of the winning 200-yard medley relay team, which swam a 1:30.40. By winning the relay, LSU started out the day winning the first three events. Mescolote also won first place in the 50 free, touching the wall to post a time of 20.68 seconds, his best of the season so far. Luht, Pfyffer, and Clough were also part of the winning relay team.
Along with the wins, multiple Tigers set career-best and season-best times in their respective events. Kit Hanley, Luca Pfyffer, Raleigh Bentz, and Grace Horton all set new top times in their individual events.
Hanley swam a 1:52.93 in the 200 free to finish fourth in the event. Luca Pfyffer, meanwhile, raced to a time of 2:02.73 to finish sixth in the 200 breast.
Horton and Bentz set personal-bests in the same event, the 100 back. Horton clocked a 56.85 while Bentz touched the wall at 57.35 to finish eighth and ninth, respectively.
“Just like yesterday, we came out with a strong performance from diving and carried that into our first relay,” said LSU swimming head coach Dave Geyer. “After that, we just didn’t sustain the energy needed through a couple events. Joao got things going again for the 50 free and we had some solid swims in the 200 fly and 100 back. We have a young team and it’s hard to rush a maturation or growing process. I think we learned a lot about who we are here and look forward to getting back home and then onto our next competition at SMU.”
The Tigers will travel to take on SMU in a dual meet at 6 p.m. Friday, November 3, at Barr-McMillion Natatorium in Dallas, Texas.
Three-meter springboard - Juan Celaya-Hernandez (413.20) NCAA Zones Qualification
50-yard free- Joao Mescolote (20.68)
One-meter springboard - Lizzie Cui (293.85) NCAA Zones Qualification
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