Cui Sets Pool Record as Tigers Win 14 Events
Communications Student Assistant
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Senior Lizzie Cui’s pool record in the women’s three-meter was the highlight of the first day of competition for LSU. The Tigers went on to win 14 of 20 events on day one of the two-day meet.
In the diving well, both the men and women were able to take home gold, courtesy of Cui and junior Juan Celaya-Hernandez.
“It was a solid day on the boards,” said diving head coach Doug Shaffer. “We competed well given how early this meet is. Yes, we made some mistakes but for the most part, they were positive and part of our development. It’s a process. We won two boards, had four zone qualifying scores, and broke the women’s three-meter pool record.”
Cui extended her run of victories in dual meets to 11 events after winning the women’s three-meter. The New Zealand native scored 336.80 to win the event by over 30 points and set a new Navy pool record. Navy’s pool, Lejeune Hall, was built in 1982.
Freshman Aimee Wilson and Jolie Blodgett found success in their first collegiate meet. Wilson won bronze and Blodgett finished sixth with scores of 301.85 and 251.55, respectively.
Celaya-Hernandez ran away with the men’s one-meter, scoring 405.70 and winning by over 40 points.
Cui, Wilson, Celaya-Hernandez, and Phillip all qualified for the NCAA Zone Championship today, with their scores well above the qualifying standard.
In the pool, the women won seven events on the day, including both relays. LSU started the day with a win in the 400-yard medley relay and ended the day with gold in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
It was an “all hands on deck” approach for the women, as the five other individual wins came from five different swimmers. Summer Spradley, Nicole Rozier, Gabrielle Pick, Leyre Casarin, and Cassie Kalisz all won events for the Tigers.
Summer Spradley won the first individual event of the day for the Tigers, winning the women’s 50-yard freestyle with a tine of 23.45 seconds.
Leyre Casarin earned her first victory of the season in the 100-yard freestyle, out-touching Martina Thomas of Navy with a time of 51.13 seconds.
Cassie Kalisz earned the last individual victory of the day for the women in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in under two minutes at 1:59.98.
“The women took that momentum and really raced consistently across all the events,” said swimming head coach Dave Geyer. “Leyre taking a win in the 100 is a great step for her heading into her sophomore season. Nicole had a great race in her IM to come away with the win and then our backstroke and butterfly cores finished out the 200’s for us with 1-2 finishes.”
The men were able to take home five gold medals in what has proven to be a tough competition with Navy.
“Both teams got started in the right direction with solid wins in the 400 medley relay,” said Geyer.
Klotz and Luht also went on to win individual events. Klotz, like Spradley, won the 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 20.57 seconds, narrowly beating Luht, who took second. Luht got his victory in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall at 44.98 seconds.
Alarii Levreault-Lopez and Thomas Smith grabbed first in the 200-yard butterfly and backstroke, respectively. Levreault-Lopez out-touched teammate and school-record holder Harrison Jones in the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.03. Smith won the 200 back with ease at 1:47.84.
“The men’s meet is what I thought it was going to be,” explained Geyer. “Just a true slug fest between Navy and us. We took a hit in the 500 but then came back in the 50. We took another hit in the IM but came back with wins in butterfly, freestyle, and backstroke. We didn’t finish out quite where we wanted to be at the end but we look forward to some great competition tomorrow.”
The Tigers will finish the meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. CT. Day two will be available on the Patriot League Network.
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Order of events:
Saturday, 10 a.m.
15 Min Break
10 Min Break
400 Free Relay