Tuomola Earns Second All-America Honor at NCAA's
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- LSU senior Andrei Tuomola picked up his second LSU record in as many nights with a 100 breaststroke time of 52.76 during the second day of competition at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
“Another great performance for Andrei today,” Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. “Stepping up in prelims is what it takes to get second swims. We have three strong individual swims tomorrow to look forward to with Andrei, Frank Greeff and Craig Hamilton.”
Tuomola fired off his second team record of the meet with a 100 breast mark of 52.76 in the prelims, making him the first LSU Tiger to break the 53 second barrier in the event. Tuomola finished 10th in the prelims and posted a mark of 53.22 to take fourth in the consolation final, finishing 12th overall and earning five team points for LSU.
In the process, Tuomola, who finished 15th in the 50 free and swam program record time of 19.53 in the prelims, earned his second individual NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honor and the sixth honor of this kind for his career. In addition, Tuomola becomes LSU’s sixth All-American in the 100 breast and sixth All-American in the 50 free.
The Tigers were narrowly beat out of the top-16 in the 200 medley relay by .27 seconds and finished in 19th with a time of 1:26.87. Sophomore Michael Young split a 22.30, and he was followed on the relay by Tuomola, Greeff and junior Michael Saco.
LSU's 800 free relay team of posted a mark of 6:27.56 for a fourth place finish in the second heat and a 21st place finish overall. Greeff split a 1:36.40 on the leadoff leg for a personal record in the 200 free and moved up to 3rd all-time for LSU. Greeff was followed by Hamilton, senior Nick Kunkel and freshman Gabe Rooker.
In the 100 butterfly, Greeff was just off of his personal best time with mark of 47.23. Greeff will compete in the 200 fly, the event he qualified for the meet in, tomorrow.
Junior diver Sean McKinney finished less than three points shy of making the consolation finals on the three-meter after a prelim score of 343.60. McKinney will try again tomorrow on the platform.
“Sean fought hard in the three-meter event and improved his NCAA experience with an 18th place finish,” Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. “His first dive was under par, but he put that behind him and settled into a good groove for the remainder of his list. I'm proud of his efforts and look forward to tomorrow's platform event.”
Tomorrow’s meet will also feature the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. Hamilton will swim in the fourth heat of a timed final mile, with the first heat beginning at 4:35 p.m. (ET).
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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