Swimming & Diving Enjoys Successful Day in Houston
HOUSTON -- The LSU Swimming and Diving program recorded multiple NCAA provisional cuts and season bests in day two of the Phil Hansel Invitational hosted by the University of Houston.
The No. 19 Lady Tigers are competing against 13 women's teams, while the No. 20 Tigers are competing against four men's teams. After the second day, the men's team is in first place with 694.5 points and the women's team is in fourth with 324.5 points.
"The women are a little off in the morning, but they are stepping up at night and throwing down some tremendous times," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "I know on the men's side it is going to be a tight battle. For the women, we're fighting three programs that are some of the strongest in the country. There was an American record set today (Breeja Larson- Texas A&M). The competition was great today."
Prelim competition will begin tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. The finals will begin at 5 p.m.
Live meet results are being posted on uhcougars.com, diving results can be found on Divemeets.com and a full recap of the full event will be available on LSUsports.net.
Alex Bettridge won the one-meter springboard competition with a score of 305.20. The Austin, Texas native's mark was a career best and bettered her seventh best all-time program score.
"Obviously it was an excellent performance for Alex," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "It was a personal high score. She competed like Alex can compete when she turns the trigger on. She did that tonight"
The men's 200 medley relay team of sophomore Michael Young, senior Andrei Tuomola, senior Raymond De Padua and junior Michael Saco took gold with a time of 1:29.19. The 'B' relay team of senior Nick Kunkel, senior Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez, sophomore Frank Greeff and freshman Alex Linge came in third with a time of 1:30.60.
Tuomola (54.37), Alvarado Jimenez (54.82) and freshman Gabe Rooker (55.60) finished 1-2-3 in the 100 breaststroke. Tuomola and Alvarado Jimenez's marks were NCAA 'B' cuts.
"On the men's side, with the 100 breast we are getting in this continuum where we have some solid breaststrokers in this program," Geyer said. "Andrei as a senior, Ricardo as a junior and Gabe as a freshman, finishing first through third was exciting for our team. It speaks about their development in that specialty."
Young notched a first place swim in the 100 backstroke with a season low time of 48.64. Kunkel took fourth with a time of 49.13.
Greeff added a first place finish in the 100 butterfly with a season low of 48.16, which was also an NCAA provisional cut. De Padua (49.69) and Young (49.70) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
"Both outstanding strokes for Frank and Michael," Geyer said. "We are battling through some stuff and getting faster every session, which is sort of the way this meet is going to be.. As the meet goes on, we are feeling better and getting faster. The men are getting on a role here. They are in a position to swim fast"
Junior Shane Coltharp registered a season low time of 4:01.37 in a fifth-place finish in the 400 individual medley.
Senior Craig Hamilton won the consolation final of the 200 free with a time of 1:38.14, which was tops for the team this season. Greeff came in 10th overall with a mark of 1:39.85.
On the men's three-meter, junior Daniel Helm finished in eighth with a score of 309.85 after finishing fourth in the prelims with a season best score of 356.25. Juniors Sean McKinney (333.35) and Kevin Leong (324.80) took ninth and 10th, respectively.
Freshman Cassie Weil came in fifth on the one-meter with a score of 276.65.
Senior Sara Haley ended her 100 fly run in sixth with a season best time of 54.73. White was narrowly behind her in seventh with a time of 54.92.
Senior Sally Wood captured the consolation final of the 400 individual medley with a season best time of 4:16.44, which was almost nine seconds faster than her prelim swim and an NCAA 'B' cut. Senior Jana Ruimerman finished 11th in the event with the program's seventh best all-time mark of 4:17.57, which was also an NCAA 'B' cut.
Bussey won the 100 breast 'B' final with a season low time of 1:01.62. MacKenzie came in 14th with a time of 1:03.88.
Senior Chelsea Griffiths emerged victoriously in the consolation final of the 100 back with a season best time of 55.13.
Freshman Stacey Stanfield notched a 200 free season best time of 1:49.71.
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ORDER OF EVENTS
Women events are odd numbers and men events are even numbers.
29/30: 1650 Freestyle
31/32: 200 Backstroke
33/34: 100 Freestyle
35/36: 200 Breaststroke
37/38: 200 Butterfly
39/40: Platform Diving
41/42: 400 Freestyle Relay
Swimming Prelims- 10 am
Diving Finals: Men's and Women's Combined Platform Final - 12pm
Swimming Finals- 6 pm