Swimming Completes FGCU Classic; Defeats Loyola

Freshman Nicole Rozier earned her first career wins against Loyola
Freshman Nicole Rozier earned her first career wins against Loyola
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Fraser McAlpine
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -In the final day of the Florida Gulf Coast Classic, the LSU women’s team vaulted to first place overall, and the men’s team took third to conclude the event Saturday at the FGCU Aquatics Complex.

The remaining squad members also competed in New Orleans against Loyola and returned home with victories.

“Overall, there are a lot of positives to take from the meet,” said LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer. “It’s the time of year with our training where we are either on the competitive wise or we are not, and we saw that through the two days.”

“I think we did some great adjustments form a technical aspect from some things we saw yesterday. For the men, it was our first weekend of racing and a different environment for them. For the women, it’s nice to walk away with a team win.”

On day two of the FGCU Classic, the women’s 400 medley relay team of Makenna Wilson, Colleen O’Neil, Kara Kopcso and Leah Troskot finished first with a time of 3:42.50.

Kopcso placed third in the 100 IM with a time of 56.84. In the 500 free, Devon Dabney also tallied a third place finish, completing the event at 4:58.18. O’Neil touched the wall first in the 200 breast, securing a time of 2:16.65.

Wilson took second in the 100 back with a time of 56.46, and Troskot also garnered a second place finish in the 100 free, tallying a time of 50.24.

In the 200 fly, Kopsco finished third, completing the event with a time of 1:59.86. Sophie Weber came in second place at 2:03.10 in the 200 IM.

The team of Kate Zimmer, Haylee Knight, Troskot and Dabney combined for third place in the 200 free relay, lifting the women’s team to first place overall over Ohio State in the FGCU Classic.

For the men’s squad, Karl Luht, Silas Dejean, Logan Rysemus, and Jake Markham came in second in the 400 medley relay, finishing at 3:18.88. Brandon Goldman also earned a second place finish in the 100 IM at 51.84.

Freshman Sven Saemundsson earned his first career win as a Tiger in the 500 free, completing the event with a time of 4:28.24. In the 200 breast, Garrett House came in third with a final time of 2:03.02.

Rysemus touched the wall first in the 100 back, securing a time of 48.06. In the 200 fly, Alarii Levreault-Lopez claimed second place with a final time of 1:49.81.

Joao Mescolote, Tyler Harper, Luht and Rysemus wrapped up the meet with another second place finish in the 200 free relay, completing the event at 1:22.31.

In the final meet of the day against Loyola, LSU took first place in 23 of 24 events in New Orleans Saturday afternoon at the University Sports Complex. Six freshmen earned their first collegiate victory on the day.

Lewis Clough and Matt Klotz won four events, including two individual events. Clough took first in the 100 fly and 200 free, and Klotz earned victories in the 100 and 200 back. Nicole Rozier also tallied two individual wins for the women’s team in the 200 IM and the 100 back. 

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