BATON ROUGE – Lady Tiger divers Alex Bettridge, Izzy Choquehuanca and Cassie Weil posted scores high enough to qualify for NCAA Zone Diving Regionals in a Southeastern Conference dual meet loss to Arkansas.
The Lady Tiger fall 180-120 and move to 0-2 overall and in the SEC.
For the divers, Bettridge’s 297.68 is 25 points better than her season high and good enough for first place in the one-meter dive. Her score of 292.50 in the three-meter dive was enough for third.
Weil’s 349.13 earned the top spot in the three-meter dive and Choquehuanca’s score of 272.85 in the one-meter dive earned her third place.
“Alex and Cassie splitting the events sends a great statement,” LSU diving Doug Shaffer said. “Going first and second on three meter was great and four out of the five women getting an NCAA qualifying score this weekend is big.”
On the swimming side, times across the board improved from yesterday’s meet against Georgia. Arkansas fired off to a fast start winning the first five events before freshman Kara Kopcso touched the wall first in the 200 butterfly (2:01.00). This is her second win in only two meets for the Tigers. She went on to place third in the 100 butterfly (55.12).
Junior Amber Carter again touched the wall second in both the 50 freestyle (23.37) and 100 butterfly (54.93).
Senior Torrey Bussey raced second in the 200 IM (2:05.35) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.08).
Both the 200-medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams came in second to Arkansas. The team of Oquist, Bussey, Rainey White and Carter raced the 200-medley relay while the team of Leah Troskot, Megan Cox, Devon Dabney and Danielle Stirrat raced the 400 freestyle.
“A positive is that we were able to come back after an emotional meet against Georgia.” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “The women did a good job of racing same times or even better times which is good to see. It’s nice to have that consistency with our performances. Form here, we have to look forward to conference and prepare for that.”
The Lady Tigers return to the LSU Natatorium Friday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. when they take on Tulane.
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