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LSU Falls to Georgia in Dual Competition

Chris Heigle
Chris Heigle
Communications Student Assistant

ATHENS, Ga. – The LSU swimming and diving team came up short against Georgia today, with the men losing by the score of 170-122 and the women falling 186-108.

“Georgia certainly isn’t the team that you want to ease back into competition against, but as I told the team, this is the SEC and this is what we signed up for,” explained LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer. “We may have been a little more fatigued than I thought we would be, but we looked great last night when we got into town.”

The highlights of the day for the Tigers came in the diving well, where Juan Celaya-Hernandez and Lizzie Cui combined to win all four springboard events. 

Celaya-Hernandez got back to his winning ways, winning the one-meter springboard with a score of 393.00 and the three-meter after posting a 413.55.

Cui was also able to take home gold twice after scoring a 321.15 on one-meter and a 360.45 on three-meter. Cui’s score on three-meter was her best score of the season.

While Cui and Celaya-Hernandez won the events, other divers made personal and season-best marks.

Makayla Robillard was able to set a personal-best on three-meter after topping 300 for the first time in her career. Robillard dove to second place with a score of 300.08.

Rileigh Knox and Matthew Phillip were also able to set season-high scores today. Knox set a season-high on the one-meter with a score of 270.75 and a third-place finish. Phillip set his season-high on three-meter, scoring a 342.15 while also finishing third.

“I’m very happy across the board with our performances,” said LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer. “At this point, we want to be setting personal and season-best performances. These are good projections looking forward!”

In the pool, the women were led by junior Summer Spradley, who won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.07. Spradley also finished sixth in the 100 freestyle and was the second leg of the 200 medley relay team that took silver. Spradley was joined by Grace Horton, Helen Grossman, and Haylee Knight to race to a time of 1:43.64.

The men were led by senior Joao Mescolote, who was able to win the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.70, beating Goergia’s Alex Bemiller by .2 seconds.

Mescolote also finished fifth in the 100 freestyle after posting a time of 46.26. Mescolote swam in both relays, anchoring the 200 medley relay team that finished second after recording a time of 1:29.49, and leading off the 400 free relay team to a time of 3:05.36.

Meanwhile, freshman Braden Nyboer set a personal record in the 1000 freestyle as he finished fifth with a time of 9:47.55.

“This is about switching back into meet mode for us,” said Geyer. “There were definitely some pieces that I liked within the results and we just need to put them together over the next few weeks.”

Next up for the Tigers is a dual meet against Texas A&M at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 20th at the LSU Natatorium.

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50 free- Joao Mescolote (20.70)

1 meter- Juan Celaya-Hernandez (393.00)- NCAA Zones Qualification

3 meter- Juan Celaya-Hernandez (413.55)- NCAA Zones Qualification



100 breast- Summer Spradley (1:03.07)

1 meter- Lizzie Cui (321.15) NCAA Zones Qualification

3 meter- Lizzie Cui (360.45) NCAA Zones Qualification


Other NCAA Zones Qualificatons:

1 meter- Matt McClellan (334.05)

1 meter- Rileigh Knox (270.55)

1 meter- Makayla Robillard (266.03)

3 meter- Makayla Robillard (300.08)

3 meter- Matt McClellan (350.48)

3 meter- Matthew Phillip (342.15)


NCAA B-Cuts:

100 back- Karl Luht (48.12)




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