LSU SWIMMING SWEEPS KENTUCKY AT HOME
BATON ROUGE, La.—The LSU Men’s Swimming team (3-1, 2-1 SEC) celebrated Senior Day with a 155-107 win over Kentucky at the LSU Natatorium.
“The senior meet is always an emotional meet,” Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. “I think when it came down it, our men were able to focus. We had some good races. Kentucky had strengths in some spots that we knew they were going to come at us with. From top to bottom on the men’s side we did a great job.”
The Lady Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC) completed the sweep with a 176-83 win over the Wildcats. The women’s team will bid goodbye to the Lady Tiger seniors on Jan. 26 at the LSU Natatorium.
“I think coming off of the break and since our mid-season meet, we are in a pretty good spot only five or six weeks out of our conference championships,” Geyer said. “I was trying to see where we were at compared to that mid-season meet in our morning swim. We are swimming at that level now, which is exciting because we are nowhere near rest.”
Seniors Timmy Dasinger, Raymond DePadua, Craig Hamilton, Nick Kunkel, Andrew Muller, Chris Mericas, Andrei Tuomola and Zack Wepasnick all be competed at home for the final time.
Hamilton finished with a pair of victories in the mile and the 500 freestyle. The Edinburgh, Scotland native posted a season best mile time of 15:11.87.
“I was pleased with Craig’s mile,” Geyer said. “We put a suit on for that. He was faster for that than he was at the mid-season meet. That is a good testimony to his fitness level. With some rest he should be back at that NCAA level.”
Both LSU teams started the meet with a first and third place finish in the 200 medley relay and victories in the mile. The Lady Tigers racked up 12 out of a possible 14 victories.
Senior Sally Wood (1:53.04), freshman Danielle Stirrat (1:53.16) and freshman Megan Cox (1:53.32) continued the momentum after the first break with a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 free.
Ryan Wins Platform Title At Tennessee Invitational
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --- Georgia's Laura Ryan won the platform competition on Saturday as the Tennessee Diving Invitational came to a close.
Ryan posted a score of 312.35 on her five-dive list to take top honors by more than 24 points. Ryan recorded a score of 70.40 on her inward 3.5 somersault tuck immediately after a disappointing 44.55 on her back 3.5 somersault tuck.
Entering the weekend, Ryan owned the SEC's top effort of the year on tower with 312.95 points.
Ann-Perry Blank took sixth with 236.45 points, followed by Darcie O'Brien in 18th with 200.05 points and Kelly Thatcher in 28th with 154.35 points.
"Today was great," Georgia diving coach Dan Laak said. "Laura did a spectacular job. The four dives she hit were really, really good, and the one she missed was only a little off and she's been doing it well in practice so I'm not worried. If she had hit that one, she really would have distanced herself.
"Ann-Perry dove great considering she did three new dives. She wowed a lot of people with them. When she puts them all together, she'll be right up there. Darcie went over 200 for the second time and she's getting more consistent, and Kelly was solid with only her second tower list. All in all, I'm very pleased with how the day went for us."
Georgia will return to Gabrielsen Natatorium on Saturday, Jan. 12, to take on Texas in the final home dual meet of the season.
Wood added another victory in the 400 individual medley with a mark of 4:24.43. Freshman Caley Oqusit chipped in a victory in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.66.
Junior Torrey Bussey swept the breaststroke events with a 100 breast time of 1:03.98 and a 200 breast time of 2:19.92. Bussey also swam the third leg of the first place 200 free relay team (1:35.45) that was led of by sophomore Amber Carter, junior Rainey White and freshman Rebecca Werdine.
In addition to Carter’s victories in the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay, the Houston, Texas native registered a first place swim in the 50 free (23.20) and the 100 butterfly (55.34).
Senior Sara Haley notched a victory in the 200 fly with a mark of 2:01.51.
On the men’s side, freshman Gabe Rooker swept the breaststroke events and swam the third leg of the first place 200 free relay team (1:23.93- junior Michael Saco, sophomore Michael Young and sophomore Frank Greeff). Rooker won the 100 breast with a time of 56.96 and the 200 breast with a time of 2:04.40.
Tuomola swept the sprint events with a first place swim in the 50 free (20.53) and the 100 free (45.84). Tuomola also earned a victory on the 200 medley relay squad.
Greeff touched the wall first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:50.13. Kunkel won the 200 back with a mark of 1:49.75.
Junior Shane Coltharp finished first in the 400 IM with a time of 4:04.81.
With the meet in hand, the eight Tiger seniors were split into to two groups of four for the 200 free relay.
The LSU divers are competing on the platform in the final day of the Tennessee Diving Invitational.
Kentucky Wraps Up at Tennessee Invitational
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Kentucky diving team wrapped up the Tennessee Diving Invitational on Saturday with both the men and women competing on the platform. Junior Greg Ferrucci and sophomore Christa Cabot each placed in the top five.
The three day event concluded Saturday as the women took to the platform first. Cabot placed fourth with a final score of 242.80. Fellow sophomore Sarah Chewning placed 12th on the day with a 214.35.
After the women, the men took to the platform for their event. Ferrucci also placed fourth after picking up a win on the 3-meter board on Friday. He scored a 326.85 in the event. Junior Zachary Peterson finished 11th with a 290.40.
The Kentucky diving team will be back in action on Jan. 26, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on Senior Day.
Tennessee Finishes Invite on Platform
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- All three UT divers competing finished in the top 10 on the 10-meter platform Saturday to wrap up the Tennessee Diving Invitational at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
On the men's side, senior Brent Sterling put together another solid performance to end the diving-only meet. Despite a low score on his final dive, he was consistent enough to post a career-best score of 304.35 on the platform, good for ninth place in a field of 29 competitors.
"He did a great job through five dives," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "He missed his last one a little bit, but overall, great performance that capped a great meet for him all around."
The career high was a final high note for Sterling at the invitational. He ended in the top 10 on both springboard events and enjoyed his second-highest career score on the 3-meter (394.45).
Auburn's John Santeiu won the platform competition with a score of 385.80.
In the women's competition, junior Tori Lamp missed on two dives in the middle of her list but finished strong to take second with a score of 288.00. She received judges scores of 8s and 9s to climb back up the leaderboard, hitting her final dive for 80.00.
Lamp's first dive was one that she had only performed once before in competition, and Saturday she hit it for just over 65 points. Parrington said the dive has the potential to be a big point-getter for Lamp, in the 90-point range, once she improves some elements.
"I would have liked to have seen her win, but we certainly know what needs to be worked on and what needs to be done," Parrington said.
Freshman Samantha Lera wrapped up her first collegiate diving-only meet with a fifth-place finish and a score of 242.30.
It was a productive week for Lera in every event. She reached the finals in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard, posting a career-best 293.25 on the 1 meter en route to taking third.
"She could have been a little sharper today but she was solid," Parrington said. "She's learned a great deal this weekend that is going to put her in good standings as we move ahead."
Georgia's Laura Ryan won the women's 1-meter competition with a score of 312.35.
All told, every UT diver excelled at their home meet. Lamp took top five finishes in all three events, her best result coming on the platform. Senior Jodie McGroarty, who did not compete on platform, won the 3-meter competition and finished second on the 1 meter.
"For the whole weekend, there's no question that for the four who were able to dive, we accomplished what we set out to accomplish," Parrington said. "We got a lot of competition in, a lot of diving in, a lot of training in. And in some cases, we got some career highs. This really tells me what we need to do to get ready for down the road."