ATHENS, Ga. -- Sophomore Cassie Weil earned the bronze medal and program record on platform after a score of 310.75 on the final day of the 2014 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. Weil collected her second bronze of the meet after finishing third on 3-meter. Junior Alex Bettridge set a personal best on platform, but just fell 10.5 points short of the medal stand.
“We couldn’t have capped off a better on the women’s side with what Cassie, Alex and Allie did today,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “Alex and Allie had personal bests along with Cassie’s collegiate best. For them to be fighting for podium on that last dive was something special. It’s rewarding as a coach to see the vision and planning pay off for them.”
Also for the second day in a row, sophomore Caley Oquist set an LSU record. Oquist broke the record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:54.87. The Minnesota native now owns LSU’s two backstroke records.
“That was a gutsy swim for Caley tonight. The 200 back is an event that has been developed within her this year. To come out and score in the B final and set a team record is a good sign for the future.”
After five days of competition at Gabrielsen Natatorium, LSU finishes in seventh place on the women’s side with a total of 548 points. The men’s team finished ninth overall with a point total of 531.
“On the women’s side, finishing seventh doesn’t really give credit to the performances we had in the water and on the boards,” LSU Swimming coach Dave Geyer said. The women’s team really developed since last year and now they have the confidence moving forward.
“The men’s team fought hard. We know it’s a very young team and a number of underclassmen stepped up and performed beyond expectation. We definitely left some points in the water, but that comes with the process and development of the team,” Geyer added.
Over the course of the week, LSU set multiple program record including the Lady Tiger teams in the 800 freestyle relay and 400-medley relay. Cassie Weil tallied the highest score on platform in LSU history. Caley Oquist set two records this week in the 100 and 200 backstroke. In addition, Frank Greeff broke his own record in the 200 butterfly.
Leah Troskot led off the C final of the women’s 100 free with a time of 48.97. It’s the third-fastest time in program history. On the men’s side, Alex Linge finished sixth in the C final with a time of 44.08.
In the women’s 200 backstroke C final, Danielle Stirrat took third with a time of 1:55.66. Daniel Swietlicki finished sixth in the B final of the 200 back with a time of 1:45.08. In prelims, Swietlicki finished in 1:44.83, which is the third-fastest time in program history. Michael Young took fifth in the C final with a time of 1:45.26.
In the men’s 200 breaststroke B final, Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez finished third with a time of 1:57.22. The senior’s time is the second fastest in LSU history. Gabe Rooker finished eighth in the B final of the 200 breast. Senior Torrey Bussey touched the wall third in the C final of the 200 breast with a time of 2:13.42.
In the 1650 free, Devon Dabney finished 27th overall with a time of 16:48.27. Dabney’s mile time is the seventh-fastest and the freshman’s 1000 split is the ninth-fastest in program history. Matthew Schaefer finished 20th overall in the mile with a time of 15:28.71. Schaefer’s time is fifth all-time in LSU history.
The LSU Diving team travels to Minneapolis Minn. for Zones March 10-12. The NCAA Women’s Championships will also be in Minneapolis, Minn. From March 20-22. The NCAA Men’s Championships will be in Austin, Texas March 27-29.
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