LSU in 3rd after Day One at Pitt
Communications Student Assistant
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The LSU swimming and diving team sits in third place after day one of competition against Pitt and Virginia. The women are behind Pitt, 100-67, and Virginia, 133-34, while the men trail Pitt, 93-74, and Virginia, 97-70.
The meet started in the diving well, where Juan Celaya-Hernandez and Lizzie Cui won their respective events. Celaya-Hernandez won the men’s one-meter springboard with a score of 361.45, while Cui won the women’s three-meter with a score of 360.60. Both divers qualified for NCAA Zones in the process.
“I’m happy with our performances today,” said LSU diving head coach Doug Shaffer. “Lizzie was very solid and consistent. Juan was a little inconsistent but did some really good things. Overall, I liked what I saw from all of the divers today. We showed good maturity diving in an unfamiliar pool that requires some adjustments. Two wins in two events is a good start for day one.”
In the swimming portion of the meet, the men got off to a fast start with a victory in the 200-yard free relay. The team of Joao Mescolote, Karl Luht, Lewis Clough, and Matthew Klotz touched the wall first with a time of 1:22.09.
The men also ended strong with a win in the 400-yard medley relay, racing to a time of 3:17.14.
The first individual win of the meet came from junior Thomas Smith, who made the NCAA B-cut with a time of 1:46.04 in the 200-yard backstroke.
Luca Pfyffer, although he did not win an event, swam a personal best time of 55.96 seconds in the 100 breast to finish second.
Freshman Jeffrey Snoddy also set a personal best time of 59.07 in the 100 breast.
The women did not win an event, but there was obvious improvement from last time out as multiple swimmers set personal bests. Freshmen Lexi Daniels, Ellie Baldwin, and Kit Hanley set personal-bests this evening in the 1000 free, 200 back, and 100 free, respectively. Daniels swam a 10:34.82 to take finish fourth. Baldwin swam a 2:00.23 to finish seventh7th, and Hanley swam a 52.99 to touch the wall 10th.
The Lady Tigers also finished second in the 200-yard free relay. The team of Summer Spradely, Kate Zimmer, Leyre Casarin, and Haylee Knight swam a 1:33.27 to take silver.
“I think we came out in the first relay, after diving put two wins on the board,with some great energy and positive swims,” said LSU head swimming coach Dave Geyer. “After that, just some ups and downs in the events. We have a few individuals getting their first racing in of the year and some trying out some new events. We know where our strengths lay and I like the Tigers tomorrow.”
The Tigers will be back in action Saturday, October 21, at 9 a.m. to conclude the tri-meet. The meet will be streamed on The ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN.
One-meter springboard - Juan Celaya-Hernandez (361.45) NCAA Zones Qualification
200 free relay- Joao Mescolote, Karl Luht, Lewis Clough, Matthew Klotz (1:22.09)
200 back - Thomas Smith (1:46.04) NCAA “B”-Cut
Three-meter springboard - Lizzie Cui (360.60) NCAA Zones Qualification
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