LSU Celebrates Senior Day
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU swimming and diving team came up short in a dual-meet against SEC foe Texas A&M. The men lost to the No. 9 Aggies, 189-107, while the women fell to the No. 1 Aggies, 174-119.
The meet started with diving, and the Tigers were able to win both events thanks to Juan Celaya-Hernandez and Lizzie Cui. Celaya-Hernandez won the men’s three-meter with a score of 458.70, and Cui won the women’s one-meter, posting a score of 315.83.
Celaya-Hernandez’s score on three-meter was also enough to break his own pool record of 432.08, which he set earlier this season against Loyola.
Cui ended up sweeping the women’s events after a victory in the women’s three-meter as well. The junior from New Zealand posted a winning score of 340.20, winning the event by a staggering 73.05 points.
“Lizzie’s been struggling with a minor injury, so for her to come out and win both events with two solid performances, was really good,” said LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer.
Junior Matthew Phillip also posted a season-high score on three-meter after diving to a mark of 364.35, shattering his previous season-best by 22.20 points.
“We love this meet,” explained Shaffer. “It’s a special time and recognition. For our seniors that have been around for the last four years, and the opportunity to compete against one of the top programs in the country in our own pool, it’s always a great environment.”
In the pool, the men’s side was able to come away with wins in the 200-medley relay and 200 free.
“We came out of the gates blazing fast,” said LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer. “The wins in the 200 medley and 200 free were great, we just lost a little momentum in the middle of the meet. I wasn’t disappointed with our times by any means, but when you’re racing against a program like Texas A&M, it’s hard to get those second and third place finishes.”
Sophomore Lewis Clough was involved in both victories, swimming the third leg of the winning 200 medley relay, which finished with a time of 1:28.61.
“Our relay today will be one of my favorite memories of my time here at LSU,” said senior Joao Mescolote. “Karl [Luht], Harry [Ackland], and Lewis live with me, and we’ve been talking about this relay all year. Since I’ve come to LSU, we’ve never beaten them, so it was special to come out with the victory.
Clough also had the lone individual win for the Tigers in the 200 free, touching the wall at 1:38.85.
The women didn’t come out with a win, but there were obvious signs of improvement throughout the team.
In the first individual event of the day, freshman Lexi Daniels took second in the 1000 free with a time of 10:01.42. That time smashes her previous PR of 10:31.80, which she swam at SMU last November, and puts her fifth on the all-time list.
Summer Spradley was the only woman to swim an NCAA B-Cut time today. This time, it was in the 200 breaststroke, where she finished second with a time of 2:14.69. For Spradley, that is a personal best, and it also places her seventh on the all-time list.
Junior Lia Joslin also set a new personal-best in the 200 fly after swimming a 2:04.22. Joslin finished sixth overall in the event.
Next up for the Tigers is a quad meet against Houston, Rice, and Tulane on January 26-27 in Houston at the CRWC Natatorium.
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200 free- Lewis Clough (1:38.85)
3 meter- Juan Celaya-Hernandez (458.70)- NCAA Zones Qualification/Pool Record
1 meter- Lizzie Cui (315.83) NCAA Zones Qualification
3 meter- Lizzie Cui (340.20) NCAA Zones Qualification
Other NCAA Zones Qualificatons:
1 meter- Matt McClellan (302.18)
1-meter- Juan Celaya-Hernandez (336.08)
1 meter- Rileigh Knox (268.50)
3 meter- Matt McClellan (336.98)
3 meter- Matthew Phillip (364.35)
200 breast- Summer Spradley (2:14.69)
100 back- Karl Luht (48.49)