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LSU Travels to Athens For Dual

Chris Heigle
Chris Heigle
Communications Student Assistant

BATON ROUGE – The LSU swimming and diving team is set to take on Georgia in a dual meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens.

The Tiger swimmers are competing in their first competition since the Art Adamson Invitational in November. For LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer, this is a great opportunity for his team to gear up for the SEC Championship.

“It’s good to get back in the pool after midseason,” said Geyer. “We’re really diving right back into competition against a program that is consistently one of the best women’s teams and one of the most underrated men’s teams (in the nation). There is really no easing back into competition in this conference.”

The men’s squad will look to a variety of guys to win events, including senior Joao Mescolote and freshmen Luca Pfyffer.

Mescolote got a second swim in three events at the Art Adamson Invitational in the 50 and 100 freestyle as well as the 100 butterfly. Mescolote touched the wall fifth overall in the 50 free, finished 11th in the 100 free, and swam to 24th overall in the 100 fly.

Pfyffer, a breaststroke specialist, made the ‘A’ final in both the 100 and 200 breast at the Art Adamson, where he finished sixth overall in the 200 breast and seventh overall in the 100 breast.

The women will look for junior Summer Spradley to have a string of good performances if they want to defeat the Bulldogs.

Spradley, like Mescolote, made three finals at the Art Adamson Invitational. Spradley cracked the ‘A’ final in two events, the 50 free and the 100 breast, where she finished fifth and eighth respectively. Spradley also finished 14th overall in the 100 free. All three times were personal-bests.

“We have had a lot of high-quality training that last couple months, so this weekend is about getting back into that competition mode,” said Geyer.

For the diving team, this will not be the first time they have faced off against the Bulldogs this year. Both LSU and Georgia participated in the Tennessee Diving Invitational last week, so LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer knows what his team needs to do in order be successful in Athens.

“This has been a tough week for us because we jumped right back into training after Tennessee,” explained LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer. “The next two months will be a challenge for us, but I know we are up for that challenge.”

The women, led by junior Lizzie Cui, will look to score big in what will be the first dual meet competition since the Tigers traveled to SMU in September.

Cui has proven she will be in the mix for the SEC Championships after winning both springboard events at the Auburn Diving Invitational last month, and top three finishes in both springboard events at the Tennessee Diving Invitational last week.

Meanwhile, sophomore Juan Celaya-Hernandez will look to get back to his winning ways. Celaya-Hernandez has won all but one springboard event this season, and the reigning SEC champion on platform knows the run-up to the SEC Championships is a crucial time period.

“Georgia has a great facility,” said Shaffer “Some of us have not dived in that pool, so it is a good opportunity for us to get into another facility.”

For more information and updates on LSU Swimming and Diving please visit LSUsports.net, ‘like’ us on Facebook at LSU Swimming and Diving or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LSUswimdive.

 

Order of events (10 a.m. CT start):

200 medley relay

1000 freestyle

200 freestyle

100 backstroke

100 breaststroke

200 butterfly

50 freestyle

-diving-

100 freestyle

200 backstroke

200 breaststroke

500 freestyle

100 butterfly

-diving-

200 individual medley

400 free relay

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