COLUMBIA, Mo. – Senior Alex Linge set the school record in the 100 free with a time of 43.19 during prelims to earn a spot in the championship final of the 2016 Southeastern Swimming and Diving Championships on the final day of competition at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.
Linge broke the record of 43.32, which was originally set by Adam Schmitt in 1988 and tied by Andrei Tuomola in 2013. Linge finished eighth in the ‘A’ final with a time of 43.35.
The LSU swimming and diving team concluded the SEC Championships with 10 school records. The women finished in seventh place with 624 points and the men placed 10th with 526 points.
“This is a tough conference,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “Bottom line is we had some great individual performances this week and now we move on to our preparation for NCAA’s. Right now we have some swimmers with great national rankings and we need to start to prepare them for NCAA’s.”
Junior Leah Troskot capped off a strong SEC Championships with an appearance in the ‘A’ final of the 100 free, her second championship final of the week. Troskot finished fifth with a time of 48.51, which is the second-fastest time in school history.
The Tigers had a strong showing the finals of the 200 back with three making it back for a night swim. Freshman Thomas Smith finished seventh in the championship final in 1:43.04. Smith’s prelim time of 1:42.78 was just .01 off tying his school originally set at midseason.
Sophomore Jake Markham finished third in the ‘C’ final of the 100 free with a time of 43.91. His final time is enough for ninth on LSU’s top times list.
In the mile, Devon Dabney finished 19th overall with a time of 16:32.68.
On platform, the Lady Tigers’ Madison Sthamann and Cassie Weil just missed advancing to the finals of platform. Sthamann finished ninth with a score of 235.95 and Weil finished 10th with a total of 233.30.
“At the end of the day, the results are what the results are,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “Our season is not over and we look forward to zones. We’ll put our best foot forward for what is the most important part of the season. There were a lot of good things this week with our SEC Championship performance. We’ll take those experiences and apply them going forward.”
The squad returns to training in preparation for NCAA Championships. The Divers travel to College Station, Texas for Zone ‘D’ Diving Regionals March 7-9. The NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will be hosted at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia March 17-19 for the women and March 24-26 for the men.
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