BATON ROUGE, La – In a balanced effort, the LSU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams combined to win 25 of 32 events to defeat SMU Saturday afternoon at the LSU Natatorium.
The women’s team defeated No. 21 SMU 187-103 to improve to 6-0 on the year. The men’s team earned its first win of the season with a 197-103 victory over the Mustangs.
“I really liked the response from our men to start out the meet. They all did what they needed to do and the depth really made a difference today,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “For the women, they are having fun right now and it is a very important aspect of their dynamic. There is so much development within our roster from our freshmen to the upperclassmen.”
Junior Devon Dabney swept the distance events for the Lady Tigers. Dabney opened the individual events with a victory in the 1000 free with a time of 10:00.65. The Georgia native also touched the wall first in the 500 free with a time of 4:57.87.
Senior Megan Cox also swept the 100 and 200 freestyle events against SMU. Cox took first in the 200 free (1:47.97) and 100 free (50.43). Cox also finished third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.85.
Diver Cassie Weil swept the one-meter and three-meter springboard events for the Lady Tigers. Weil accounted for 18 points on the day with scores of 265.88 on one-meter and 345.30 on three-meter.
Additionally, Kara Kopcso, Leah Troskot, Caley Oquist, Danielle Stirrat and Sophie Weber provided wins for the women’s team in their events. Kopcso finished first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:58.86. Troskot and Oquist took first in the 50 free (23.40) and 100 back (56.17) respectively. Stirrat and Weber rounded out the group wins in the 200 IM and 200 back.
In addition to the individual wins, both relay teams took victories to open and close the meet. The team of Oquist, Colleen O’Neil, Kopcso and Troskot finished first with a time of 1:41.65 in the 200-medley relay. The team of Troskot, Kate Zimmer, Haylee Knight and Stirrat ended with a win in the 400-freestyle relay with a time of 3:24.80.
On the men’s side, Logan Rysemus and Brandon Goldman each won two individual events. Rysemus shined with victories in the 100 fly (48.57) and 100 back (48.93). Goldman won the 200 fly (1:48.02), the 200 IM (1:49.69) and also finished second in the 200 back (1:47.16). The juniors also teamed up with Silas Dejean and Alex Linge to win the 200-medley relay.
Andrew Suchla provided a win on three-meter with a score of 354 and finished second on one-meter with a score of 287.18. Freshmen Matthew Phillip and Matthew McClellan added third-place finishes on three-meter and one-meter respectively.
Senior Alex Linge also earned points for the Tigers with a win in the 100 free (45.04) and third-place finish in the 100 fly (50.40). Junior Garrett House added a victory in the 200 breast with a time of 2:03.48. Sophomore Joao Mescolote was also victorious in the 50 free for the Tigers.
The freshmen once again stood out with memorable performances for the men. Thomas Smith took first in the 200 back with a time of 1:46.74 and finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 1:52.20. Alarii Levreault-Lopez touched the wall second in the 1000 free (9:40.70) and 200 fly (1:51.00).
The team takes next weekend off from competition before heading to College Station, Texas for the Texas A&M Invite Nov. 19-21. The midseason meet is set up to be one of the fastest in the country with teams from Stanford, TCU and Arizona State participating.
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