LEXINGTON, Ky. — The No. 24 LSU women’s swimming and diving team improved to 8-0 with a dominating 237.5-151.5 victory over Kentucky and 247-142 win over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon at the Lancaster Aquatic Center.
“The women came in today with control over the meet and refused to let up,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “The intensity from their racing over the three sessions will pay big dividends when it comes to conference time.”
Junior Kara Kopcso dominated the day for the Lady Tigers with two victories. Kopcso finished first in the 100 fly with a time of 53.91 to start things off. The Mandeville, Louisiana capped the afternoon off by touching the wall first in the 200 IM (2:01.21).
The LSU divers also had a strong showing on the final day. Senior Cassie Weil won her ninth event of the season after finishing with a score of 299.50 on platform. Sophomore Madison Sthamann finished second in the event with a score of 243.65.
The LSU women were in total of control of the relay events Saturday, winning all four. The team of Haylee Knight, Colleen O’Neil, Kopcso and Leah Troskot finished the 200-medley relay in 1:41.93. Troskot, Kopcso, Stirrat and Cox teamed up to finish the 800-free relay in 7:21.15.
In the final session, Troskot, Knight, Megan Cox and Stirrat finished the 200 free relay in 1:33.22. Stirrat, O’Neil, Kopcso and Troskot finished things off with the 400-medley relay in 3:42.64.
To start individual competition, Cox took the victory in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.22. O’Neil followed for the women with a win in the 200 breast in 1:02.34. Taryn MacKenzie finished fourth overall in the event with a time of 1:04.29.
To start off the afternoon session, Devon Dabney finished third overall and second to Kentucky and Virginia Tech in the 500 free with a time of 4:56.84. O’Neil finished third overall in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.56
The Lady Tigers capped off the emphatic victory with a 1-2-3 finish in the 50 free. Troskot earned the victory with a time of 23.31. Knight and Cox followed in second and third with times of 23.56 and 23.78 respectively.
The LSU men fell 237-149 to Virginia Tech and narrowly dropped 198-188 to Kentucky. The Tigers are now 1-3 going into the final stretch of conference season.
Dejean was the lead Tiger in the 100 breast. Dejean finished second to both the Wildcats and Hokies with a time of 56.29. Garrett House and Harry Ackland followed in third and fourth place respectively.
The men bookmarked the final session with a victory over Kentucky in the 200 free relay and first place finish overall in the 400-medley relay. Mescolote, McCaffrey, Tyler Harper and Linge finished the 200 in 1:21.39. Rysemus, Dejean, McCaffrey and Linge capped the meet off with a 3:16.63 in the 400.
“Our men refused to roll over at this meet as we showed in our final session,” Geyer added. “When there are so many races over the course of a day and a half, it’s easy to look back and have some what ifs. That being said, we had some areas where we stepped up huge.”
The entire squad returns to action Thursday at 1 p.m. CT against Missouri in the LSU Natatorium. The meet against the Tigers marks the first conference competition at home this season.
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