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Gold Tops Purple to Win Intrasquad Meet

Chris Heigle
Chris Heigle
Communications Student Assistant

BATON ROUGEThe Gold team came out on top over the Purple team 102-94 in the annual LSU swimming and diving Intrasquad Meet Saturday morning at the LSU Natatorium.

“I think I saw enough,” said LSUswimming head coach Dave Geyer. “We were pretty aggressive with training yesterday so if we wanted to be faster for this we could’ve been but it’s just not worth it. I think with what we saw training wise yesterday and racing today I think I know what our lineup is going to be going into next week and that’s what this weekend was really about – pushing ourselves a little physically, getting those competitive juices going and just having some fun. I think that’s the one thing we miss in sports sometimes. I think the team had some fun today so it was a good day.”

Performances by Luca Pfyffer and Lewis Clough highlighted the Gold team performances. Clough and Pfyffer were the only two swimmers to win multiple events.

Clough touched the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall at 1:40.12 and 50.26 seconds, respectively.

Pfyffer won both breaststroke events, claiming gold in the 100 with a time of 57.05 seconds before winning the 200 with a time of 2:03.71.

“There are some men and women that know that we expect a lot from them,” explained Geyer. “Luca and Lewis are two of those guys.”

Helen Grossman, Karl Luht, Cassie Kalisz, Kit Hanley, Lizzie Cui, and Matthew Phillip also won events for the Gold team.

The Purple team was “all hands on deck”, as nine swimmers and two divers each won one event.

Aimee Wilson, a rookie from Canada, won the women’s one-meter springboard after scoring 324.55 points.

“Aimee is a really talented diver,” said LSU diving head coach Doug Shaffer. “Lizzie (Cui) and Aimee (Wilson) are going to push each other all year long, and that’s a great thing.”

Sven Saemundsson made his return to the pool after missing all of last year due to injury and took gold in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:40.16.

“We have some people that raced for the first time today in a long time and that wouldn’t be possible without them,” said Geyer. “It’s good to see them racing and we couldn’t do that without our athletic training staff.”

Alyssa Helak, Nicole Rozier, Kate Zimmer, Summer Spradley, Haylee Knight, Jack Jannasch, Matt Klotz, Cameron Karkoska, and Juan Celaya-Hernandez all won events for the Purple team throughout the meet.

In the diving portion of the meet, the boards were split between Purple and Gold. Purple took the crown in both one-meter events, while Gold won both three-meter events. 

Wilson (324.55) and Juan Celaya-Hernandez (352.80) won the one-meter events, while seniors Matthew Phillip (376.35) and Lizzie Cui (365.10) won the three-meter events.

“It was a great day,” said Shaffer. “This is tough for us at this time of the year to come in and perform at a high level and do all of our elite level and competitive dives in September when we’re really geared towards the middle of March. Looking ahead with Navy next week, we have to be ready to compete outside of our comfort zones so we needed to rehearse our full competitive list here and they did great. Their attitudes were great, their routines were great and we saw some really good individual performances and individual dives. With the whole group, I couldn’t be happier. So it was real positive today.”

During one of the breaks, Grace Frazier, a young LSU fan who won a swimming and diving meet experience with the Tigers, swam a 50-yard freestyle as the team cheered her on.

LSU gets the regular season underway next week. The Tigers travel to Annapolis, Maryland, to take on UConn and Navy in a double-dual meet on October 5-6 in Lejune Hall.

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