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Knight Notches 3rd Win, Diving Places Three in Top-5

Chris Heigle
Chris Heigle
Communications Student Assistant

BATON ROUGE – The LSU swimming and diving team finished their competitions with strong showings across the board. At the UT Diving Invitational, Aimee Wilson and Juan Celaya-Hernandez finished fourth overall on platform, while Haylee Knight won her third event at the Art Adamson Invitational.

At the UT Diving Invitational, Aimee Wilson led the women with a fourth-place finish on platform, scoring 246.85. Lizzie Cui was right behind her in fifth place with a score of 240.25.

Jolie Blodgett finished 16th overall after posting a 165.30.

On the men’s side, Juan Celaya-Hernandez, like Wilson, finished fourth overall, diving to a score of 412.70.

Matthew Phillip cracked the top-8 with a score of 326.00, and Dakota Hurbis finished 11th overall, scoring 286.85

“Today was great,” said diving head coach Doug Shaffer. “We had very good performances on platform today. As a whole, I’m very happy with the three days of competition. The success we had and the development we had leading into our championship season was great. This is exactly what we needed and we are exactly where we need to be.”

The Tigers placed at least one swimmer in every A-Final tonight at the Art Adamson Invitational.

Both the men and women finished second. The men scored 588 points, while the women scored 673.5 points. 

“Knowing our approach to this meet, I couldn’t be happier as a whole for this time of year,” said swimming head coach Dave Geyer.

Haylee Knight earned her third win in as many days for the Tigers. Knight won the 100-yard freestyle, coming in at 48.24 seconds. Knight swam a personal-best 48.04 seconds in the preliminaries to move up to second on the all-time list.

“Haylee had another phenomenal day, and it looks like she punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships in March.”

Tennyson Henry and Natalie Kucsan also set personal-best times in the 100-yard freestyle. Henry and Kucsan swam times of 50.68 and 51.00 seconds to finish 18th and 19th, respectively.

In the 200-yard butterfly, Helen Grossman also climbed the all-time list. The junior moved to 9th all-time after swimming a 1:59.32 to take bronze. Grossman was joined by Gabrielle Pick and Nicole Rozier, who finished fourth and seventh with times of 2:00.45 and 2:00.90, respectively.

Summer Spradley represented the Tigers in the 200-yard breaststroke A-Final, finishing sixth with a time of 2:14.15.

In the B-Final, Allie McDaid and Lauren Thompson set new personal-best times of 2:14.93 and 2:14.95 to finish 10th and 11th overall, respectively. McDaid is now 10th on the all-time list.

“McDaid and Lauren Thompson had great evening swims tonight and put their marks on our all-time list.”

Earlier in the afternoon, Lexi Daniels set a new personal-best time of 16:37.24 in the 1650-yard freestyle and finished sixth overall.

Lexi Daniels hitting a PR right now in her mile is huge for this time of year,” said Geyer.

Cassie Kalisz and Brittany Thompson competed in the A-Final of the 200-yard backstroke. Kalisz finished fourth with a time of 1:56.15, while Thompson touched the wall eighth at a personal-best 1:59.66.

The women closed the meet with the 400-yard freestyle relay, as Knight, Grace Horton, Leyre Casarin, and Spradley combined for a time of 3:19.54 to earn silver.

The men were led by Harrison Jones, who took silver in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:44.43.

Senior Alarii Levreault-Lopez joined Jones in the A-Final, finishing 6th overall, touching the wall at 1:47.36.

The Tigers also put two in the A-Final of the 200-yard breaststroke. Luca Pfyffer took fifth overall, clocking in at 1:58.39, and Cameron Karkoska touched the wall eighth at 2:00.43.

Freshman Gabe Parnell also set a new personal-best in the B-Final with a time of 2:03.39 to take 15th overall.

Senior Thomas Smith took bronze in the 200-yard backstroke, coming in at 1:43.05, while freshman Miguel Velasquez set a new personal-best 1:48.66 to finish 13th overall.

Lewis Clough made it to the A-Final of the 100-yard freestyle, clocking in at 44.60 seconds to finish seventh overall. Freshman Thomas Roark set a new personal-best of 46.08 seconds, finishing 28th overall.

In the mile, Keagan Finley finished 5th overall, coming in at 15:53.52.

The men closed out the invite with the 400-yard freestyle relay. Clough, Karl Luht, Trent Schachter, and Karkoska swam a 2:58.81 to finish fourth overall.

“The men continued to gain some momentum as the meet went on and finished with some really sharp swims,” said Geyer. “Thomas Smith being right off his school record today was great to see, as well as some PR’s from our underclassmen.”

“I’m looking forward to the next two months as we get refocused on training and set up for championship season,” said Geyer.                                                

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Wins:

100 free- Haylee Knight (48.24)

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