Men's Swimming & Diving Rolls past SMU

LSU's Craig Hamilton
LSU's Craig Hamilton
Steve Franz
Seth Medvin
Seth Medvin

DALLAS -- The LSU Men's Swimming and Diving team (4-1, 2-1 SEC) defeated SMU by a score of 161-139 at the Perkins Natatorium in Dallas, Texas.

"I think every time we compete is an opportunity for the swimmers and divers to put together a team victory," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "That is what we did today. Every single place helped when it came to the final score. We had some strengths, and at the end of the day we were a little stronger than SMU was."

Both squads won eight events a piece. Although SMU swept the relays, LSU's team depth provided the Tigers with the little extra to secure victory.

"I knew it was going to be a great meet against them," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "If you look at the results, we split the events. Our depth and our strength helped us really well."

After dropping the opening 400 medley relay, LSU responded with a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 freestyle.

Senior Craig Hamilton touched the wall first with a mark of 9:31.16. Sophomore Mathew Schaefer (9:43.88) and junior Shane Coltharp took second and third, respectively, to give the Tigers the maximum 18 points in the event.

SMU took the third event with a win in the 200 free. Sophomore Michael Young kicked off three straight victories for LSU with a victory in the 100 backstroke (50.96).

Freshman Gabe Rooker (55.76) and junior Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez (56.23) proceeded with a first and second place finish in the 100 breast.

Sophomore Frank Greeff topped off the run with a first place swim in the 200 butterfly with a mark of 1:51.49.

The Mustangs went on to win the 50 free, the men's one-meter and the 100 free.

On the one-meter, SMU's Devin Burnett won the event with a score of 344.85. LSU's Kevin Leong followed in second with a score of 344.32. Junior Sean McKinney and senior Jesse Lyman finished in fourth and fifth.

Down six events to four, Nick Kunkel's (1:50.21) victory in the 200 back returned the momentum to LSU's favor.

In the next event, Alvarado Jimenez (2:02.18) and Rooker (2:02.86) took first and second, respectively, in the 200 breast. The duo capped off the meet with 1-2 finish in both events for the second time this season (Alabama- Nov.2).

Hamilton added his second victory of the meet in the 500 free with a time of 4:36.20.

SMU regained the slight advantage with wins in the 100 fly and in the three-meter springboard.

On the three-meter, SMU's Devin Burnett won the event with a score of 372.38. McKinney (317.40), Lyman (304.35) and Leong (299.55) took second, third and fourth, respevtively.

Juniors Sean Coltharp (1:52.96) and Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez's (1:53.79) 1-2 finish in the 200 individual medley clinched victory for the Tigers.

The entire LSU Swimming and Diving program will return to action next Saturday in a Southeastern Conference matchup with Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

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