LSU Sets Personal Bests against No. 10 Texas A&M
Communications Student Assistant
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The LSU swimming and diving team fell to No.10 Texas A&M Saturday in College Station, Texas. The men fell short 167-132 and the women 172-121, but the Tigers took first in several key events and set several personal bests.
“We got better today as a program and a team,” said LSU swimming head coach Dave Geyer. “When you’re racing against top-10 programs it’s easy to roll over and swim through a meet. We challenged our team before the meet about having the intent to win. When you have that expectation, then it’s easy to race at your full potential, and we did that as a team.”
Senior Thomas Smith won two individual races with a time of 1:45.90 in the 200-yard backstroke and 1:51.76 in the 200-yard individual medley. “He has trained and raced at a consistency that’s been unmatched during his college career,” Geyer said, “so I’m excited for the end of the season for him.”
Lewis Clough took the gold in the men’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:38.75, and also came in first in the 200-yard freestyle relay with teammates Matt Klotz, Karl Luht and Will Arthur finishing with a time of 1:21.48.
Luht touched the wall first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 47:89, and Arthur came in second with a time of 48.90. Arthur also anchored the 200-yard freestyle relay to a Tiger win to end the meet.
Helen Grossman touched the wall first with a time of 54:01 in the 100-yard butterfly. “Our butterfly women were great today as well as our backstroke core,” Geyer said.
On springboard, Juan Celaya-Hernandez came in first on the three-meter with a score of 475.36. On one-meter, he came in third with a score of 363.00. Matt McClellan had a strong performance on three-meter as well, scoring 374.03.
Freshman Jolie Blodgett posted her best SEC performance of the year with a score of 271.13 on the one-meter.
“I’m proud of the divers’ accomplishments today,” said LSU diving head coach Doug Shaffer. “In a period of 36 hours, this team will have travelled to College Station, warmed up, competed and returned home. We showed how tough our team is today and we rose to the challenge.”
Next up, the women take on Houston and Rice in a two-day double-dual meet February 1-2 at the LSU Natatorium. The men’s squad is off until the 2019 SEC Championships, February 19-23 in Athens, Georgia.
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