Swimming & Diving Falls in Home Finale
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“We raced well today,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “I knew coming in on the men’s side it would come down to some close races and finishes. This meet came down to less than a second. I really like how we stayed focused throughout the meet and closed it out with wins in the relay.”
The No. 22 women’s team (9-1, 2-1 SEC) fell, 119-181, to the sixth-ranked Aggies. Troskot swept the sprint freestyle events for the third-consecutive week. Troskot won the 50 free in 23.20 and 100 free in 50. 45.
The Lady Tigers bookmarked the individual events with victories in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay. The team of Haylee Knight, Colleen O’Neil, Kara Kopcso and Troskot opened the meet with a time of 1:40.99. Troskot, Knight, Megan Cox and Danielle Stirrat closed the meet out in 3:21. 47.
In her first collegiate meet, freshman Lizzie Cui earned her NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score. Cui finished second on one-meter with a score of 288.08 and third on three-meter with a score of 286.73. Senior Cassie Weil finished second on three-meter and third on one-meter.
In her final home meet, Cox touched the wall first in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.38. Cox also finished second in the 100 free (50.53) to complete the 1-2 finish.
Kopcso, the reigning Southeastern Conference Female Swimmer of the Week, finished second in the 100 fly (53.81) and 200 fly (1:57.07). Kopcso also finished third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.18.
Seniors Stirrat and Weber also had strong performance for LSU. Stirrat finished third in the 100 back (55.89) and 200 back (2:00.07). Weber finished third in the 200 fly in 2:01.61.
The No. 23 LSU men just narrowly fell to the Aggies, 141.5-158.5. Goldman led the way for the Tigers with a victory in the 400 IM (3:55.28) and second-place finish in the 200 back (1:46.68). The junior also touched the wall first (1:47.91) in a 1-2 finish followed by Alarii Levreault-Lopez (1:48.38) in the 200 fly.
Senior Alex Linge was a part another 1-2 finish for the men. Linge (44.29) finished first and freshman Tyler Harper (45.34) touched the wall second in the 100 free for the Tigers. Linge also finished second in the 50 free with a time of 20.44.
Logan Rysemus and Jake Markham too earned LSU’s other individual victories. Rysemus finished first in the 100 fly (47.88) and also finished second in the 100 back (48.13). Markham earned the victory in the 200 free (1:39.45) and also finished third in the 500 free (4:39.44).
Will Arthur, Silas Dejean and Garrett House finished second individually for the Tigers. Arthur touched the second in the 200 free (1:40.12) to give LSU a 1-2 finish. Dejean finished second in the 100 breast in 55.55. House added a second-place finish in the 200 free (2:01.17) and third-place finish in the 100 breast (55.71)
The team of Linge, Rysemus, Harper and Markham closed things out with a victory in the 400 free relay in 2:59.65.
“I thought we competed well for the most part,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “Our energy and focus was all in the right place. We’re not expected to peak yet. We had great development today, which is obviously positive. I’m really proud of what Cassie and Allie (Alter) have done in their career and today.”
The meet concludes the home slate for the Tigers. The women’s team returns to action Jan. 30-31 in Houston, Texas. The quad meet will feature the teams from Houston, Rice and Tulane.
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