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Personal Bests and Medals Highlight Day Two in Athens

Tanner Craft
Tanner Craft
Communications Student Assistant

ATHENS, Ga. – On Day Two of the 2019 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, Lizzie Cui and Aimee Wilson represented LSU on the podium for the Women’s One-Meter Springboard. Haylee Knight and Nicole Rozier both finished in the Top-Three in their respective final events on the swimming side. 

200-Yard Individual Medley

Nicole Rozier finished second in the C Final of the Women’s 200-Yard Individual Medley with a time of 1:57.21 ranking 18thoverall.  Rozier, a junior, now holds the second best time in LSU history in the 200-Yard IM.

Thomas Smith touched the wall in 1:46.62 in the C Final of the Men’s 200-Yard IM to finish in 22nd place.

50-Yard Freestyle

Haylee Knight finished in a tie for the top spot in the B Final of the Women’s 50-Yard Freestyle with a time of 22.27. With her tie for ninth overall, Knight set a new personal best in the event beating out her 22.28 she earned at the 2017 SEC Championships. 

Matthew Klotz claimed 15thplace overall by finishing seventh in the B Final of the Men’s 50-Yard Freestyle with a time of 19.84.

200-Yard Freestyle Relay

The team of Haylee Knight, Leyre Casarin, Kate Zimmer, and Summer Spradley touched the wall in 1:30.22 to finish ninth.

For the men, the team of Klotz, Karl Luht, Lewis Clough, and Tyler Harper also finished ninth with a time of 1:18.18. The 19.55 first leg, swam by Klotz, is good for the second best 50-Yard time in LSU history.  

LSU Swim Coach Dave Geyer on Day Two Performance 

“Our IM crew really got the day going with best times across all of our women.  Nicole had a great swim to get a shot at a second swim tonight and she took advantage of that with a tremendous swim.  Thomas Smith came to play this morning hitting below a time he swam his sophomore year which gives him confidence for the rest of the week. Matt (Klotz) and Haylee (Knight) had great 50s today.  It’s hard to be disappointed with best times, just hoped the place would have been a little higher.  We are looking forward to tomorrow’s session.”

Women’s One-Meter Springboard Final

Lizzie Cui claimed the silver with a score of 349.35.  This is the second straight day Cui has made the podium as she placed second in the three-meter springboard final Tuesday night.  Aimee Wilson claimed the bronze after diving to a score of 316.85. 

For Cui, this is the first time in her career she has medaled twice at the SEC Championships.  

LSU is the only school in the SEC to have two divers make it to the finals in both the one-meter and three-meter. 

LSU Diving Coach Doug Shaffer on Cui

“I see Lizzie coming into a mindset and a level of performance that makes me excited looking forward to the rest of the championship season.  She’s where she needs to be.  She’s now putting the whole senior year stuff behind her and just really having fun and letting the hard work she puts in the pool everyday come out.”

Coach Shaffer on Wilson

“It was an incredible day for Aimee on the one-meter.  The last time that we had two medalists in an event at the SEC Championships was 2015 so this was an outstanding performance.  With Aimee being a freshman, you can see there is a real bright future.  The experience that she is gaining through this process is going to help her continue to grow.  Today was a real special day.”

Women’s 200-Yard Individual Medley Final Results

18. Nicole Rozier – 1:57.21

Men’s 200-Yard Individual Medley Final Results 

22. Thomas Smith – 1:46.62

Women’s 50-Yard Freestyle Final Results

T-9. Haylee Knight – 22.27

Men’s 50-Yard Freestyle Final Results

15. Matthew Klotz – 19.84

Women’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay

9. Haylee Knight, Leyre Casarin, Kate Zimmer, Summer Spradley – 1:30.22

Men’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay

9. Matthew Klotz, Karl Luht, Lewis Clough, Tyler Harper – 1:18.18

Women’s Three-Meter Springboard Final Results 

2. Lizzie Cui – 349.35

3. Aimee Wilson – 316.85

Up Next

Thursday Morning: Prelim

400-Yard IM

100-Yard Butterfly

200-Yard Freestyle 

Men’s Three-Meter Springboard 

Thursday Night: Finals

400-Yard IM

100-Yard Butterfly

200-Yard Freestyle 

Men’s Three-Meter Springboard

For the complete day-by-day schedule and order of events, please visit https://lsul.su/2GGOWot

For more information and updates on LSU Swimming and Diving please visit LSUsports.net, ‘like’ us on Facebook at LSU Swimming and Diving or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LSUSwimDive.

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