BATON ROUGE – The LSU Swimming and Diving team split its final SEC dual meet at the LSU natatorium. The LSU men won 157.5-142.5 over A&M while the Lady Tigers fell to the Texas A&M women 168-127.
“On the men’s side, they just wanted it so much,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “The seniors have been burned by A&M the last three years so it was great to go out on top. They knew they wanted to come in and get this win. Frank gave us a spark, but it was a total team effort from the boards to in the water.”
The Tigers took first in six swimming events as well as one diving event. The relay team of Michael Young, Gabe Rooker, Frank Greeff and Michael Saco took first in the 400-medley relay with a time of 3:18.05.
Men’s captain, Greeff, fired up the team after the relay win and went on to capture first place finishes in the 200 butterfly (1:47.48) and 100 butterfly (48.44). Greeff also touched the wall second in a thrilling 200 IM. The Tigers took first, second and third in that event and clinched the win for the men.
The freshmen played a huge part in the men’s win today. Eric Klein finished first in the 200 IM with a mark of 1:49.97. Klein also tied for third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.61. Brandon Goldman took the win in the 200 backstroke (2:00.59) and third in the 200 IM (1:50.83).
Silas Dejean accounted for another win in the 100 breaststroke (55.65) and a third place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:01.28). Elliot Dewlen also contributed nicely with second place finishes in the 500 free (4:33.08) and 1000 free (9:22.15).
Senior Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez went out with a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:00.59). Jimenez also touched the wall second in the 100 breaststroke (56.25).
Other key contributors in the win over A&M were Alex Linge’s second place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:39.83), Young touching the wall second in the 100 backstroke (49.70) and Daniel Swietlicki’s runner up finish in the 200 backstroke (1:48.61). Saco also contributed with a second place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:39.83).
Senior men divers Sean McKinney and Kevin Leong provided key points for the Tigers in the win. McKinney took first on 3-meter with a score of 417. 23. It’s the third time McKinney has posted a score over 400 this season. Leong then placed third on 1-meter with a score of 301.80.
The Lady Tigers came up just short against the A&M women. Kara Kopcso provided a huge spark with an LSU program and Natatorium record in the 200 fly with a mark of 1:56.12. Kopcso also won the 100 fly with a time of 53.38.
“The first relay there was a little emotion after that ceremony,” Geyer said. “On the women’s side, it was great to see them fight against one of the best teams in the country. To see the results they are putting results in is promising.”
Megan Cox provided another win for the Lady Tigers in the 200 free with a mark of 1:48.63.
Torrey Bussey finished the day with a second place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.42). The senior also collected a third place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.47).
Devon Dabney contributed in the distance events. The freshman finished third in both the 1000 free (10:19.77) and (4:58.66).
“It was really memorable for the senior divers to have such a great experience and beat an SEC foe,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “We came out really strong today so it was something positive. We trained really hard so I was glad to see us compete today.”
“We had a great crowd today and I’d love to see it like that in every dual meet we have. In the 200 IM event, it was exciting and they really got into it which provided great energy for the whole team,” Shaffer said.
LSU takes the week off from competition before the Lady Tigers travel to Houston, Texas Jan. 31- Feb. 1 for a quad meet against Houston, Rice and Tulane.
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