BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s swimming and diving team (1-3 overall, 0-3 SEC) collected its first win of the season over SMU 185-122 Thursday at the LSU Natatorium.
“After not competing since midseason it was nice to come back and take advantages early on in the meet,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “We know we have some strong swims and we started early. We got momentum early and never let up. Everything is a process and its good to see our freshmen starting to see results.”
Freshman Brandon Goldman led the Tigers with three wins in the 200 butterfly (1:49.95), 200 backstroke (1:48.34) and 200 IM (1:51.10). Goldman’s times were season highs.
Freshman Elliot Dewlen touched the wall first in the 1000 freestyle (9:25.05) and 500 freestyle (4:34.73).
“It’s good to see freshman fill some gaps for us and feeling more comfortable,” Geyer said. “Elliot (Dewlen) had a good break through swim in the 1000 and 500. It’s starting to fall in line. These are positive things for right now and the future.”
Frank Greeff earned two victories on the day in the 200 freestyle (1:39.22) and 100 butterfly (49.58). Greeff also finished second in the 200 IM with a mark of 1:52.49.
Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez notched a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:01.00) and a second place finish in the 100 breaststroke (56.26).
Daniel Swietlicki finished first in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 50.21 and second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.07.
Michael Saco finished first in the 100 freestyle (46.01) and second in the 50 freestyle (20.64).
Gabe Rooker won the 100 breaststroke in 56.11 and third in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 4:42.95.
Ricardo Alvarado Jiminez touched the wall first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:01.00.
Matthew Schaefer finished second in the 1000 freestyle (9:34.50) and fourth in the 500 freestyle (4:44.96).
LSU began the meet with a win in the 200-medley relay. The team of Rysemus, Alvarado Jiminez, Alex Linge and Saco finished in 1:30.41. The team of Linge, Saco, Tyler Crosson and Gonzalez finished first in the 400 freestyle relay with a mark of 3:03.36.
In the diving events, senior Sean McKinney earned a second place finish on the 1-meter with a score of 349.35. McKinney also placed third on 3-meter with a final score of 360.23.
Senior Kevin Leong finished fifth on 3-meter (328.35) and 1-meter (312.68).
Freshman Zakary Rowton scored a season high score of 339.38 for a fourth place finish on 3-meter. Rowton also finished sixth on 1-meter with a score of 275.85.
“I liked the spirit of what we showed to day,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “I expected things to be more challenging after such a hard grueling schedule. We were just really tired. I wanted to challenge them to perform in that environment. The mistakes you usually make in competition are because you are tired. It was a challenge today, but there were some good things out there.”
Both the men’s and women’s team return to the pool Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. when they face Oklahoma Baptist in the LSU Relays
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