Maggie MacNeil Goes 50.84 100 Fly, Sets Two School Records as LSU Splits

Maggie MacNeil. Photo Courtesy: NCAA Media

Maggie MacNeil Goes 50.84 100 Fly, Sets Two School Records as LSU Splits

Maggie MacNeil set LSU program records in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly as the Tigers split a dual meet at South Carolina Saturday.

The women’s team dropped a 161.5-138.5 decision. The men’s meet came down to the end, with LSU prevailing by a 157-143 margin.

MacNeil has set four school marks in her two meets in purple and gold. This week, she downed Haylee Knight’s time of 51.71 in the 100 fly by nearly a second. Her time of 50.84 is the first NCAA sub-51 swim in a practice suit.

MacNeil also won the 50 freestyle in 21.90, trimming two-tenths off Amanda Kendall’s record. MacNeil downed the 100 free and 100 backstroke in a tri-meet two weeks ago. MacNeil also won the 100 back in 53.51 Saturday.

LSU got big points in the distance events. Allison Tomsuden held off the field in the 1,000 free in 10:15.82, a race where 1.20 seconds separated the top four finishers. Jenna Bridges won the 500 free in 4:57.17. She had been third behind teammate Sofia Sartori in the 200 fly. Hannah Womer won the 200 individual medley for the Tigers.

South Carolina picked up six wins in the pool and significant points in diving. Brooke Schultz outdueled LSU’s twin Olympians on the boards. On 3-meter, she scored 391.28 points, 41 ahead of LSU’s Chiara Pellacani. On 1-meter, she scored 336.45 to outpoint Helle Tuxen.

Georgia Johnson had a stellar meet, winning the 100 breast, 200 breast and finishing second in the 200 IM. Janie Smith won the 100 free after coming second to MacNeil in the 50. Tatiana Salcutan, an Moldova Olympian and Louisville transfer making her USC debut, claimed the 200 back and was second in the 100, events in which teammate Bella Pantano was third and second, respectively. Freshman Amy Riordan won the 200 free and was second in the 500.

Rafael Davila led the Gamecocks men with wins in the 500 and 100 free. Luke DeVore and Gage Hulbert authored a 1-2 finish in the 200 fly, then DeVore finished second to LSU’s Pawel Uryniuk in the 100 fly. Michael Laitarovsky also picked up a win, in the 100 back, in the front half of the meet.

South Carolina got the better of both diving events. Manny Vazquez Bas and Charley Bayer went 1-2 in the 3-meter event, after Bayer had won 1-meter with Vazquez Bas third.

LSU was led, as usual, by Brooks Curry. The American Olympian won 50 free in 19.45 and the 100 free in 43.25, the latter a 1-2 with Andrew Garon. Curry split 42.54 on the second leg of the Tigers’ winning 400 free relay and 19.33 as the Tigers’ 200 medley relay finished second by .11 seconds.

Mitch Mason swept the breaststroke events. Garon was also second in the 200 free behind teammate Joel Thompson, Griffin Curtis prevailed in the 200 back and Ryan Warmbier took second in the 1,000 and 500 free.

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Kathleen Fox
11 months ago

This is backwards. Carolina women won and LSU men won. #gococks

Last edited 11 months ago by Kathleen Fox