ATLANTA – In the final performance of her career, senior Cassie Weil finished fifth on platform with a score of 284.45 for first team All-America honors and 14 crucial points for the LSU women’s team on the final day of the 2016 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.
“What a way to spend a Saturday night to watch a bright, talented and gifted young woman end her career with her highest finish at a national championships,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said.
Weil finished her career as a six-time All American with two of the honors on the first team. It marked the highest finish for a Lady Tiger since Jessica Wantz finished third on three-meter in 2004. Overall, Weil’s six honors are the eight-most in school history and tied for the fourth-most by a diver.
The women’s team finished 27th overall with 21 points over 21 events. The finish marked the highest for the program since the 2011 team finished 14th overall. It marked the fourth time in 10 years that LSU has finished in the top 30.
In addition to Weil’s performance on platform, junior Leah Troskot also earned a spot in the consolation final of the 100 free. Troskot finished 13th overall with a persona-best time of 48.37. The Canadian earned NCAA honorable mention All-America honors with her performance. Troskot became the fifth Lady Tiger in school history to earn the honors in the 100 free and the first since Amanda Kendall in 2011.
“To come here and have contributions on both the swimming and diving side is what we wanted to do,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “We certainly know there are spot where we could have been better. As disappointing as it is, it is a step forward for our program. We have scorers and some who gained valuable experience coming back next year.”
Senior Danielle Stirrat opened up the final day of competition with a time of 1:56.97 in the 200 back. Fellow senior Taryn MacKenzie also added her second personal best of the weekend with a time of 2:14.51 in the 200 breast.
“I am so proud of what our seniors have accomplished,” Geyer added. “Their growth over the last four seasons is what this program is about. It is what makes this job and athletic department so special. Athletic performance is one thing, but to see them finish out their career on the national stage is fun. It is a well-deserved experience for them.”
For more information and updates on LSU Swimming and Diving please visit LSUsports.net, ‘like’ us on Facebook at LSU Swimming and Diving or follow us on Twitter @LSUswimdive.