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LSU Defeats Incarnate Word, Delta State On Senior Day

Tanner Craft
Tanner Craft
Communications Student Assistant

BATON ROUGE– On Senior Day, the LSU Swimming and Diving team had a strong showing all across the board.  On the men’s side, LSU defeated Incarnate Word 144.00-109.00 and Delta State 160.00-96.00.  The women defeated Incarnate Word 181.00-69.00 and Delta State 179.00-76.00.

“I think it was a great meet for us,” said LSU swimming head coach Dave Geyer.  “We haven’t raced in a dual meet since early November so to get those competitive juices flowing again was good.  We showed a little rust in some of the details but that is something we can definitely work out going forward.”

Lauren Thompson and Brittany Thompson won three times between the two as Lauren won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2.19.93 and Brittany won the 200-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley with times of 2:00.36 and 2:05.24, respectively.

Seniors Gabrielle Pick and Summer Spradley both picked up wins as Spradley won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.11.  Pick won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:01.05. 

Kate Zimmer and Tennyson Henry also won on their Senior Day.  Zimmer won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.03.  Henry won the 500-yard freestyle by seven seconds with a time of 5:02.78.  

Seniors also showcased their dominance on the men’s side.  Thomas Smith won the 200-yard backstroke and finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke with times of 1:46.07 and 49.55, respectively.  

Mitchell Petras touched the wall first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 55.31 to set a new personal best.  He followed that up by setting another personal mark, this time with a 2:01.05 in the 200-yard breaststroke.

On springboard, Juan Celaya-Hernandez set pool-records in the one-meter and the three-meter.  On the one-meter, Celaya-Hernandez dove to a score of 438.35 which is a season best.  On the three-meter, the junior scored a 460.00 over his six dives.  

Seniors Matthew McClellan and Matthew Phillip both dove for the final time at the LSU Natatorium. McClellan finished second and third on the three-meter and one-meter, respectively with scores of 380.10 and 307.85. Phillip finished third and fourth on the same events with scores of 360.20 and 296.35.  

On the women’s side, senior Lizzie Cui won the one-meter with a score of 315.65 and finished second on the three-meter with a score of 350.85.    

Freshman Aimee Wilson also broke a pool-record as she set a new personal-best on the three-meter with a score of 373.85.  This was Wilson’s first win in her collegiate career.  

“Today was great,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer.  “I told the athletes that we are exactly where we needed to be going in. We were pushing and challenging ourselves and in result, we set three pool records.  Juan set the one-meter and three-meter records and Aimee Wilson broke through for her high performance of the season.”

Overall, eight Tiger seniors won individual events.  

“It’s all about transferring the culture baton, if you will,” said Shaffer.  “The underclassmen learn a lot from the seniors and our seniors have done an amazing job at showing them the right way to carry yourself and the right way to be a part of this program.  So, there is not a lot of coaching when a new class comes in because the standard has been set by the senor classes that have come and gone. They have done an amazing job of showing them the LSU way."

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