S&D Holds Place at SEC Championships

Members of the LSU coaching staff
Members of the LSU coaching staff
Wade Rackley
Seth Medvin
Seth Medvin

BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Swimming and Diving men's and women's teams have captured two medals apiece and are both in fifth place entering the final day of competition at the SEC Championships hosted at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.

Junior swimmer Andrei Tuomola executed a 100 breaststroke bronze medal performance to give LSU its second men's medal of the SEC Championships.

The men's team has already surpassed last season's fifth place total of 263.5. They have accumulated 295 points and trail Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia.

"We have a lot of youth and a lot of energy right now," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "We're excited about the future of the program. We have high expectations going into tomorrow."

The women have notched 254 points and are behind Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Auburn.

"We have to perform well tomorrow because there are some teams with strengths in tomorrow's events that are trying to make a move on us," Geyer said. "We definitely have to step our game up and come out on fire."

Tuomla was one of three Tigers that qualified for the championship final of the 100 breast. His mark of 53.85 was tied for third with Tennessee's Renato Pronto and ranks him third in the program's history.

Sophomore Ricardo Alvarado Jiminez finished in fifth with a career low time of 53.91. The Veracruz, Mexico native's mark places him fourth in the program's history. Junior Sean Roddy notched a season low 54.26 in a seventh place swim.

"I think the breaststrokers on the men's side had goal going into the meet that all five were going to score," Geyer said. "Three of them final. Andrei popped off a great swim today. He conserved some energy for the final swim and went after it. Great breaststroke swim for him."

Sophomore diver Daniel Helm provided a sixth place finish on the platform with a total of 339.90. His prelim score of 340.70 was a career best and is the new 3rd highest score in program history.

"I really expected Daniel to make the final," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "He really is developing and making progress on the platform. That put him in a position where he could be rewarded for his hard work. The platform is probably one of the most prestigious and exciting dives that we have at the SEC Championships."

Junior Amanda Kendall placed sixth in the 100 butterfly after taking third in the same event a year ago. The Fairfax, Va. native narrowly missed outdoing her second fastest time in program history with a season low of 52.48.

Freshman Michael Young made his first career A final in a sixth place finish. The Sydney, Australia native posted a career low time of 48.16, which is the fourth fastest time in LSU history.

Sophomore Torrey Bussey captured the bonus final of the 100 breast with a mark of 1:01.00, which would have placed her in the top-seven times overall. In the process, Bussey earned an NCAA 'B' Cut and reset the second fastest time in program history.

Also in the 100 fly, juniors Rainey White (54.08) and Sara Haley (54.32) took second and third respectively in the bonus final. Freshman Amber Carter captured 15th overall with a mark of 54.43.

However, in the morning swims Carter posted a career low 54.00 and Haley did the same with a time of 54.01, which leaves Carter, Haley and White in eighth, ninth and 10th in the program's history books.

Junior Sally Wood blasted her career best in the 400 individual medley by over three seconds. Wood's 4:14.29 moves her up to fourth in the program's top marks.

Juniors Ben Decker (54.66) and Zack Wepasnick (56.03) finished 10th and 15th respectively in the 100 breast. Decker mark was a season best and Wepasnick's prelim mark of 55.83 was his career low.

Senior Samantha Goates (55.48) and junior Jana Ruimerman (55.80) ended their 100 back runs in the 13th and 14th respectively. Ruimerman climbed to 8th in the program annals with that mark.

Junior Nick Kunkel seized second in the B final of the 100 back and senior Simon Diefenthal finished 14th overall. Kunkel's 48.46 was the seventh fastest time for the program and Diefenthal's 48.47 was a season low.

The men's 400 medley relay (3:11.83) narrowly missed out on the podium in a season best performance. Young led off and was tagged out by Alvarado Jiminez, freshman Frank Greeff and Tuomola.

The Lady Tiger's 400 medley relay (3:40.37) led off by Goates and followed by Bussey, White and Carter finished fifth in a season best swim. Tennessee set the SEC Championship record with a mark of 3:30.36.

The SEC Championships will conclude tomorrow after the completion of 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free and women's platform dive.

"We have some strengths in those girls on the platform events and it is going to be a good field of competition," Shaffer said. "I just want to them compete and do the best that they can. We have an opportunity to add to our team points."

The SEC Championships will be re-aired on Monday and Tuesday of next week on ESPNU beginning at 4 p.m. (CT).

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SEC Swimming and Diving Championships Day 3
Men's Team Scores (Through 15 Events):
1. Auburn 535; 2. Florida 515; 3. Tennessee 363; 4. Georgia 362; 5. LSU 295; 6. Kentucky 207.5; Alabama 175; 8. South Carolina 152.5.
Women's Team Scores (Through 14 Events): 1. Georgia 528; 2. Tennessee 436.5; 3. Florida 361.5; 4. Auburn 358; 5. LSU 254; 6. Alabama 183; 7. South Carolina 165; 8. Arkansas 162; 9. Kentucky 82; 10. Vanderbilt 64.




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