INDIANAPOLIS -- LSU senior Andrei Tuomola broke LSU’s 50 freestyle record and picked up his first career individual NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honor during the first day of competition at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
Tuomola shattered the 25 year-old 50 free program record held by Mark Andrews with a time of 19.53 in the prelims. The Finnish native took 15th in the event with a seventh place swim in the consolation final after swimming a mark of 19.74 and picked up LSU’s first two team points.
“Great prelim swim for Andrei to put him in position to get a second swim tonight and to get some valuable points on the board,” Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. “Topping the other individual 25 year-old record(Tuomola tied the 100 free record of 43.22 at the SEC Championships) is great for him. Again, those swims are a true testimony of how strong the 1988 team was.”
Tuomola’s swim marks LSU’s eighth program record of the year and the fourth for Tuomola. In addition, Tuomola picked up his fifth NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honor of his career after racking up four accolades on relays his freshman season.
The 200 free relay team of Tuomola, junior Michael Saco, sophomore Michael Young and sophomore Frank Greeff registered a swim of 1:18.91 and finished 20th. Tuomola led off the race with a 50 free lead off of 19.61.
The 400 medley relay group of Young, freshman Gabe Rooker, Greeff and Tuomola posted a time of 3:11.21 for 19th overall. Young’s leadoff 100 back split of 47.74 was .10 off of his career low.
Hamilton posted a 500 free time of 4:19.82 for a 27th place finish. Hamilton will swim in his best event, the mile, on Saturday.
“Solid first day for our men,” Geyer said. “Our relays get stronger tomorrow and we expect a lot from them. Craig was right off of his time from SEC’s.”
Junior dive Sean McKinney competed on the one-meter springboard and scored a total of 256.90. McKinney will dive on the three-meter tomorrow, an event in which he owns LSU’s record with a score of 415.50.
“Some days you get up in the morning and things don’t go the way you wanted them to,” Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. “I’m not disappointed in Sean; I’m disappointed for Sean because his performance today wasn’t in any way a reflection of what he has done all year. His spirits are good. He is looking forward to the three-meter and we’re going to come in an start all over tomorrow.”
Tomorrow’s meet will also feature the 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 800 free relay. Prelims begin at 11 a.m. (ET) and video can be found through the following link: http://lsul.su/Xev7ts.
Finals begin at 7 p.m. (ET) and will air live on ESPN3. Live results through out the meet can be found through the following link: http://lsul.su/YGjd9T.
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