BATON ROUGE, La. –Freshman diver Juan Celaya broke the school and pool record on the three-meter, scoring a 431.80, as the LSU swimming and diving team fell to Auburn on Friday afternoon at the LSU Natatorium.
The women’s team fell to 2-1 after a 162-138 defeat, and the men’s team moved to 1-1 after falling short in a tightly-contested matchup by a score of 153-147.
“I think today we really embodied what being a student-athlete is,” said LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer. “Fifty-six student athletes wake up in the morning, come to practice, go to class, and come back here and lay it all on the line for the program and the school.”
“I couldn’t be happier with what they did today. Falling short on the score side hurts, but I think moving forward with what we put down time-wise today and some of our results, at a national level, we’re going to get a little more notice and respect. We did everything we could today, and we’ll walk out of here with our heads held high.”
O’Neil took first place in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.92. In the 200 fly, Kopcso finished first with a time of 1:58.01. With a time of 1:59.63, sophomore Gabrielle Pick secured a third-place finish and ninth on the all-time list in the 200 fly.
Troskot touched the wall first in the 50 free, finishing the event at 23.12. Troskot also tallied a third-place finish in the 100 free at 50.36. O’Neil added another individual win in the 200 breast with a time of 2:14.27. Kopcso secured first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.07 and second in the 100 fly with a time of 53.43.
On the men’s team, freshman Sven Saemundsson took first in the 1000 free, completing the event at 9:13.74. Freshman Lewis Clough also took first in the 200 free at 1:38.75, and senior Logan Rysemus touched the wall first at 47.90 in the 100 back.
Senior Silas Dejean secured an individual win in the 100 breast at 54.21. Dejean and Saemundsson also added two more first-place finishes in the 200 breast and 500 free respectively. Dejean finished with a time of 2:00.00, and Saemundsson completed his event at 4:25.75.
In the relays, Rysemus, Dejean, Clough, and Joao Mescolote took second in the 200 medley at 1:28.32. Junior Jake Markham, freshman Karl Luht, Rysemus and Clough wrapped up the meet at second place in the 400 free, earning a time of 2:57.24.
For the diving team, Celaya shattered the all-time school record on the three-meter with a score of 431.80 in his first collegiate meet. Celaya also earned second all-time in the one-meter with a score of 392.85. Senior Andrew Suchla turned in a solid effort, finishing second in both the one and three-meter with scores of 330.60 and 377.70 respectively.
Sophomore Rileigh Knox took third in the three-meter and fourth in the one-meter with scores of 280.88 and 255.53 for the women. In her first collegiate event, freshman Makayla Robillard took third in the one-meter, finishing with a score of 262.50.
“I couldn’t be any happier,” said LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer. “It’s their first competition, so we’ve been really training, and I saw a lot of really positive things where we stepped up and did the things we’ve been asking of them. For the men to sweep on the one-meter and three-meter and for Juan to break the pool record and the school record in his debut performance on the three-meter, I thought that was a pretty special performance.”
Across the board, I’m excited with what we did today. We have some work to do, but this swimming and diving team performance today was one of the best team performances I’ve seen in my career here.”
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