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Hernandez, Phillip Finish Third and Fourth on Platform

Tanner Craft
Tanner Craft
Communications Student Assistant

ATHENS, Ga. Juan Celaya-Hernandez and Matthew Phillip placed third and fourth on Men’s Platform and Summer Spradley broke another 200-Yard Breaststroke record on the final night of the 2019 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships.

200-Yard Breaststroke

Summer Spradley broke her own school record she set in the prelims with a 2:10.03 to place eighth in the ‘A’ Final. 

Luca Pfyffer touched the wall in 1:56.68 to finish fifth in the ‘B’ Final and 13thoverall.  Cameron Karkoska finished sixth in the ‘C’ Final and 22ndoverall with a time of 1:58.31.

200-Yard Backstroke

Brittany Thompson and Alexandria Ham finished 23rdand 24thwith times of 1:56.13 and 1:58.42, respectively. 

Thomas Smith touched the wall in 1:42.90 to finish sixth in the ‘B’ Final and 14thoverall.  Matt Klotz finished in eighth place in the ‘C’ Final and 24thoverall with a time of 1:45.33.

100-Yard Freestyle

Haylee Knight finished eighth in the ‘A’ Final with a time of 48.32.  

Karl Luht touched the wall in 43.92 to place sixth in the ‘C’ Final and 22ndoverall. 

400-Yard Freestyle Relay

The team of Haylee Knight, Leyre Casarin, Tennyson Henry, and Summer Spradley took 11th place with a time of 3:19.48.

The men’s team of Lewis Clough, Tyler Harper, Jack Jannasch, Matt Klotz touched the wall in 2:56.15 to finish in 10th place.

LSU Swim Coach Dave Geyer on Day Five Performance 

“After such a big day yesterday I was worried about a day four hangover to start the meet today. Both the men and women did a great job this morning securing second swims for us with it being capped with Summer’s record”

Coach Geyer on Moving Forward 

“All in all this meet is always humbling as the depth of talent in the conference is unparalleled across the Power 5. That being said we are looking forward to post season and preparing athletes for NCAA.”

Men’s Platform

Juan Celaya-Hernandez dove to a score of 409.35 to finish in third place.  The bronze medal is Celaya-Hernandez’s second medal at the 2019 SEC Championships.  Matthew Phillip finished in fourth place with a score of 380.00.  Fourth is the highest finish on platform at the SEC Championships in Phillip’s career.

LSU Dive Coach Doug Shaffer on Celaya-Hernandez

“Juan is a fighter.  He doesn’t feel bad about a performance that is not up to par it just motivates him to try harder, work harder, and get back in the game because he knows tomorrow is another day and he knows the next meet is another meet. This performance tonight sets us up well going into the rest of the championship season.”

Coach Shaffer on Phillip 

“Matthew’s performance tonight is just icing on the cake.  He has been a great LSU student athlete to work with over the last four years and to see him pull it all together as a senior and have his best performance is rewarding as a coach.”

Women’s 200-Yard Backstroke 

23. Brittany Thompson - 1:56.13

24. Alexandria Ham – 1:58.42

Men’s 200-Yard Backstroke 

14. Thomas Smith – 1:42.90

24. Matt Klotz – 1:45.33

Women’s 100-Yard Freestyle

8. Haylee Knight – 48.32

Men’s 100-Yard Freestyle 

22. Karl Luht – 43.92

Women’s 200-Yard Breaststroke 

11. Summer Spradley – 2:10.03

Men’s 200-Yard Breaststroke 

13. Luca Pfyffer - 1:56.68 

22. Cameron Karkoska - 1:58.31

Men’s Platform 

3. Celaya-Hernandez – 409.35

4. Matthew Phillip – 380.00

Women’s 1650-Yard Freestyle

29. Lexi Daniels – 16:52.54

Men’s 1650-Yard Freestyle 

26. Keagan Finley – 15:37.43

Women’s 400-Yard Freestyle Relay

11. Knight, Casarin, Henry, Spradley – 3:19.41

Men’s 400-Yard Freestyle Relay

10. Clough, Harper, Jannasch, Klotz – 2:56.15

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