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Troskot, O'Neil, Kopcso Conclude Careers at NCAA's

Fraser McAlpine
Fraser McAlpine
Communications Student Assistant

INDIANAPOLIS - Leah Troskot, Colleen O’Neil and Kara Kopcso concluded their careers Saturday morning on the final day of the NCAA Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Leah Troskot placed 20th overall in the country with a time of 48.24 to garner a personal best in her final event as a Tiger, retaining second on LSU’s top-time list. Troskot caps off her career logging three top-three times on LSU’s all-time list in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events.

A three-time NCAA qualifier, Troskot is also the program’s fifth All-American in the 100 free, receiving honorable mention accolades during her junior campaign.

“Leah had an outstanding 100 free today and did all she could to try to get a second swim and fell a little short. Nonetheless, it was a great to finish her career with a best time and second-fastest in school history,” said head swimming coach Dave Geyer. “Colleen and Kara also closed the books on swimming careers with great races.”

In the 200 breaststroke, Colleen O’Neil touched the wall at 2:12.09 in the prelims for 41st overall. The Massachusetts native and three-time NCAA qualifier concludes her tenure as the school-record holder in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:11.64.

O’Neil also holds the second-fastest time in the 100 breaststroke at 59.86, becoming just the second Lady Tiger in school history to go below one minute in the event.

Kara Kopcso, a native of Mandeville, Louisiana, took 25th overall in the nation during the 200 fly prelims with a time of 1:56.72. Kopcso has qualified for the NCAA Championships all four years, earning honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 fly her sophomore season.

Kopcso finishes her career as a four-time school record holder in the 200 and 400 individual medleys, as well as the 100 and 200 fly.

All three ladies were part of the 400 medley relay squad that boast the program record with a time of 3:33.49. Kopcso and Troskot were also a part of the 800-free relay that holds the school record with a time of 7:04.77.

“I’m proud of what all three of these seniors have given to the program and the university during their time here,” added Geyer.

In the diving portion, sophomore Lizzie Cui notched a 17th-place finish with a career-high score of 248.00 on platform. Cui was just narrowly edged-out of the consolation finals by less than a point to Michigan’s Kristen Hayden, who finished with a score of 248.45.

“Lizzie has really only been diving on platform this year and to place 17th in this elite field shows the potential she has ahead of her. I’m pleased with the results and optimistic looking forward,” said head diving coach Doug Shaffer.

On the year, Cui picked up career-highs on both springboards and platform. Cui shattered the school record on three-meter at SEC’s with a score of 391.40 to earn silver for her performance.

The New Zealand native also finished fourth overall on one-meter at SEC’s, diving to a score of 336.10 to move to second place on LSU’s all-time list.

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