Men's Team Closes Out Season On Final Day At NCAA's
Communications Student Assistant
INDIANAPOLIS- The men's swimming and diving squad wrapped up its season on the final day of the NCAA Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.
For the swimmers, junior Jake Markham touched the wall at 1:44.31 in the 200 fly prelims to take 29th in the country. The 400 free relay squad of Markham, Logan Rysemus, Lewis Clough, and Karl Luht came in 21st overall in the nation, clocking at 2:54.02.
“It was a disappointing final day of the meet, but we also know we did everything we were physically capable of doing here,” said head swimming coach Dave Geyer. “At the end of their careers, Logan walks away with four school records, Silas (Dejean) with three records and Andrew (Suchla) as an honorable mention All-American.”
In the diving portion, sophomore Matthew Phillip placed 23rd in the country with a score of 311.40. Two-time All-American Juan Celaya-Hernandez, a freshman from Mexico, garnered 28th overall, diving to a score of 288.55. Sophomore Matt McClellan rounded out the men after taking 41st, posting a score of 218.85.
“Today, we ran out of emotional and physical gas. This is the first showing for each of the divers at NCAA's. It's a long meet and the competition is very elite, and it seemed to all catch up with us today,” said head diving coach Doug Shaffer.
“At the end of the day, I'm proud of the accomplishments the divers posted throughout the season. We recorded excellent results, gained valuable experience and have a bright future moving forward.”
In all, three seniors, including two swimmers and one diver, concluded their careers at NCAA's.
Rysemus finishes his stellar career as the school record holder in the 100 fly and 100 back. A native of Tacoma, Washington, Rysemus was also a part of the 200 and 400 medley relay squads that broke the school record in the events this season. A three-time NCAA qualifier and SEC silver medalist, Rysemus became the sixth All-American in the 100 fly and the third in the 100 back, receiving honorable mention accolades his junior campaign.
Silas Dejean also wraps up his tenure at LSU, boasting the school record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:54.78. The Opelousas, Louisiana native also holds the second-fastest time in the 100 breaststroke, clocking at 52.84. Along with Rysemus, Dejean was a part of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that hold the program records in both events.
For the divers, senior Andrew Suchla concludes his LSU career at his first NCAA's, picking up Honorable Mention All-America honors on one-meter to place 14th in the nation in the consolation finals on Thursday. Suchla also holds the ninth-highest score in school history on three-meter at 377.70, as well as the sixth-highest score on one-meter at 369.53.