Tigers Hold The Top Spot After Day One In Miami
Communications Student Assistant
MIAMI – The LSU Swimming and Diving Team wrapped up day one of the TYR Fall Classic leading both the men’s and women’s categories. The men sit with a five-point lead over Pittsburgh as they totaled 242 points. The women hold a 49-point lead after finishing day one with 262 points.
IN THE POOL
In the first event of the day the team of Cassie Kalisz, Olivia Paskulin. Helen Grossman, and Olivia Taylor took the top spot in the Women’s 400-Yard Medley Relay with a time of 3:43.13. That would kick start what would be a great day for the Tigers in Miami.
Six Tigers won individual races today as a total of 11 made it to the ‘A’ Final of their respective event.
Summer Stanfield, Grossman, Katarina Milutinovich, and Kalisz were the four Lady Tigers that took the top spot in their events on day one. Stanfield won the 200-Yard Freestyle with a time of 1:49.79, Grossman won the 100-Yard Butterfly with a 54.82, Milutinovich won the 50-Yard Freestyle with a 23.55, and Kalisz won the 100-Yard Backstroke after touching the wall in 54.55.
Jolee Liles and Paskulin also qualified for the ‘A’ Final in their events. Liles finished in sixth place in the 400-Yard IM after swimming a 4:31.06 and Paskulin took the third spot in the 100-Yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:04.34.
“It was a great start on the women’s side with winning the 400-Yard Medley Relay right off the bat,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “After that, we just started stacking heat and event wins on top of each other. I thought we showed some great depth across the events today.”
Lewis Clough led the way for the men as the senior won the 200-Yard Freestyle as well as the 100-Yard Butterfly with times of 1:38.38 and 48.90, respectively. Also winning for the men was Karl Luht. Luht won the 100-Yard Backstroke with a time of 48.77.
Along with Clough and Luht, David Boylan, Matt Klotz, and Luca Pfyffer qualified for the ‘A’ Final in their events. Boylan touched the wall in 3:55.66 to finish in second place in the 400-Yard IM. Klotz swam the 50-Yard Freestyle in 20.65 to take the silver and Pfyffer claimed the bronze in the 100-Yard Breaststroke with a time of 56.43.
“After seeing the men compete in their first meet today, I thought we started off a little rusty with the 400-Yard Medley Relay but we were able to shake that off and get our competitive juices flowing,” continued Geyer. “In doing so, we were able to end day one with a slight lead.”
Even with the day one lead, Coach Geyer knows that tomorrow is a new day full of new challenges.
“Tomorrow is a whole different day and all different events so we are really going to need to step up to secure things. I really liked the energy we showed and that we were able to maintain it through today’s races. I like the Tigers tomorrow.”
ON THE BOARDS
Anne Tuxen led the way on the boards for the Tigers on day one. The freshman took the top spot on the Women’s Three-Meter Springboard with a score of 324.80. Aimee Wilson dove to a score of 230.50 to finish in 12thplace.
“I’m pleased with the results today,” said LSU head dive coach Doug Shaffer. “It was another good step in growth. Anne won her second event of the season which is a good confidence boost. I thought Manny stepped up on one-meter and competed well in his first career meet. At this point, the season is all about gaining experience.”
ORDER OF EVENTS
200-Yard Medley Relay
400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Women Three-Meter Springboard
Men One-Meter Springboard
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