Diver Breaks School Record in First Meet
AUBURN, Ala.- Both LSU Swimming and Diving men and women's teams fell to Auburn in an early season dual that witnessed LSU freshman diver Cassie Weil shatter the program's all-time three-meter dive in her college debut.
"Freshman Cassie Weil was truly the standout of the meet," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "Her debut performance was phenomenal. She won the three-meter event by over 75 points, setting a new school record."
Weil broke the record with a score of 372.68 and, completed the diving sweep with a victory in the one-meter (289.13).
Auburn defeated LSU men's team by a score of 213-87 and the women's team by a score 218.5-78.5
The LSU men's team moves to 1-1 and 0-1 in the SEC and the women's team moves to 2-1 and 1-1 in the conference. Auburn men and women's teams are both 2-0 overall and within the conference.
"I am pleased with the performance on the men's side," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "Coming in, we knew that we would have to shake off some of the rust since this was our first meet. There were a number of close races that if we had the opportunity to come back and race tonight, we would be faster. They understand that we can and we will progress from here."
Senior distance swimmer Craig Hamilton posted a 1000 freestyle mark of 9:25.88 in a second place finish. He added a third place finish in the 500 free (4:39.22).
In the 100 breaststroke, freshman swimmer Gabe Rooker shined in his first SEC meet with a time of 56.22. Junior Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez was close behind his teammate in third with a time of 56.94. The duo flipped finishes in the 200 breast, as Alvarado Jimenez posted a time of 2:03.36 and Rooker posted a time of 2:03.76.
Sophomores Michael Young (100 backstroke- 50.16 and 200 backstroke- 1:50.18) and Frank Greeff (100 butterfly- 50.09 and 200 butterfly- 1:50.38) each took silver in their respective events.
LSU sprinters senior Andrei Tuomola (20.83) and junior Michael Saco (20.93) each broke the 21-second barrier in the 50 free in third and fourth place finishes, respectively. In addition, the pair finished in the same order in the 100 free.
"Frank Greeff had two solid fly events, and being a month out of surgery, he is coming along," Geyer said. "Andrei, who came into the meet a little dinged up, swam a great leg on the medley relay as well as a solid 50 free. Michael Young also had two great competitive races."
On the women's side, sophomore swimmer Amber Carter was narrowly out-touched in the 50 free (23.24) in a second place finish. Additionally, the Houston, Texas native finished third in the 100 free (51.13).
Freshman Megan Cox snagged a third place finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:51.32.
"The women are learning that no matter who the competition is against that there will be an expectation to always compete at their highest level," Geyer said. "I am thrilled with the progress from last week to this week in Megan Cox. Amber Carter continues to take strides that put her with the SEC elite."
Junior Torrey Bussey notched a second place swim in the 200 individual medley (2:05.48) and a pair of third place swims in the 100 breast (1:04.32) and the 200 breast (2:20.65).
Senior Sara Haley finished third in the 100 fly (56.98) and the 200 fly (2:02.36).
In diving, juniors Daniel Helm, Sean McKinney and Kevin Leong finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, on both of the springboard events.
Senior Elle Schmidt totaled a 283.28 on the three-meter dive in a fourth place finish. Sophomore Alex Bettridge scored a 261.75 in a fourth-place finish on the one-meter springboard.
"I am extremely pleased with the performance of the divers because I set very high expectations that in most cases were met," Shaffer said. "Overall, our performance was very good for our first dual meet. McKinney, Helm, Leong, Bettridge, Schmidt and Weil all made their NCAA Zone Qualifying scores as well."
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