LSU Swimming Defeats SMU

LSU swam past SMU. Photo Courtesy: Kyle Zedaker, LSU Athletics

The LSU Swimming and Diving Team went on the road and defeated the SMU Mustangs on Saturday inside the Robson & Lindley Aquatic Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium. The men’s squad won by a final score of 168.50-131.50 and the women’s team defeated the Mustangs 171.00-125.00.

SEC COVERAGE

IN THE POOL

The Tigers dominated the day by winning 22 of the 32 events including the two relay races at the beginning and the end of the meet. The women’s 400-Yard Medley Relay team of Cassie Kalisz, Niamh Robinson, Helen Grossman, and Katarina Milutinovich won the first race of the day with a time of 3:41.64. The men’s team of Karl Luht, Luca Pfyffer, Ben Hooper, and Lewis Clough followed suit by touching the wall in 3:18.03.

In the 200-Yard Freestyle Relay, the women’s team of Olivia Taylor, Milutinovich, Summer Stanfield, and Grossman touched the wall first with a time of 1:34.04. To close out the meet, the men’s team of Jack Jannasch, Luht, Hooper, and Clough won the relay with a time of 1:22.39.

A total of six Tigers won multiple individual races throughout the meet. For the women, Kalisz once again dominated the backstroke events by winning the 100 and 200-Yard Backstroke with times of 54.48 and 1:56.69. This is the third time Kalisz has swept the backstroke events – doing so in the season opening meet against Tulane and again last time out at Auburn. Niamh Robinson won both the 100 and 200-Yard Breaststroke with times of 1:03.05 and 2:13.96.

On the men’s side, four men won multiple individual races. Clough won both the 100 and 200-Yard Freestyle with times of 45.48 and 1:41.20. Luht won both backstroke events for the second meet in a row. He swam a 48.34 to win the 100-Yard and a 1:47.80 to win the 200-Yard. Pfyffer earned his first two wins on the season by winning the 100 and 200-Yard Breaststroke with times of 56.48 and 2:02.88. David Boylan won the 200-Yard IM with a time of 4:03.46 and the 200-Yard Butterfly, for the second meet in a row, with a time of 1:50.36.

“I’m content with the end result for the day,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “With where we are in training, we have a few people on an upswing and a few that just need a little rest. With that being said, we came here and got the individual and relay wins we needed to secure the win against a talented SMU squad.”

ON THE BOARDS

On the women’s side, Aimee Wilson dominated on the Three-Meter Springboard by diving to a score of 344.85, which is a new season high for the sophomore. Wilson won the event by over 58 points. On one-meter, Wilson finished in second place with a score of 274.10.

“Aimee (Wilson) was tremendous on three-meter as she won the event and set a new pool record,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “She was a little inconsistent on one-meter but debuted a new higher degree of difficulty dives which was a success.”

For the men, Manny Vazquez Bas finished in second place on the three-meter with a score of 341.50. Dakota Hurbis dove to a score of 318.30 on three-meter to finish in fourth place. On one-meter, Hurbis and Vazquez Bas finished in third and fifth place with scores of 290.05 and 173.25, respectively.

“I thought Manny (Vazquez Bas) did a great job rebounding from a rough one-meter event to take second on three-meter,” continued Shaffer. “I also thought Dakota (Hurbis) was consistent on both boards, just need to be sharper. Overall, we had a lot of positives today. It was great to compete in SMU’s new facility which will host our NCAA Regional in March.”

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