LSU and South Carolina Split\
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The LSU Swimming and Diving team splits its first road meet of the year Saturday morning against South Carolina. The Lady Tigers won 168.5-131.5 and the men fell 166-134.
“It was a great overall performance on the women’s side. We had a huge start with a one two finish in the relay. The women are starting to get more comfortable and gain confidence racing in dual meet lineups.”
The Lady Tigers (2-2, 1-2 SEC) were led by freshman Kara Kopcso and junior Amber Carter who both won two events. Kopcso placed first in the 100 butterfly (55.30) and 200 butterfly (2:01.07). She now has five wins on the year. Carter earned her first victories of the year in the 50 freestyle (23.36) and 100 freestyle (51.51).
To start off the meet, LSU’s team of Caley Oquist, Taryn Mackenzie, Rainey White and Carter won the 200 Medley Relay with a mark of 1:43.24. The team of Katlin Sepp, Colleen O’Neil, Kopcso and Troskot placed second with a time of 1:46.25.
Devon Dabney went on to place second in the 1000 free with a time of 10:19.04.
Megan Cox and Oquist then touched the wall first in the 200 freestyle (1:50.34) and 100 backstroke (56.74).
In the 100 breaststroke, senior Torrey Bussey placed second in the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 1:05.20. Mackenzie placed third in the same event with a time of 1:05.87.
Sophie Weber finished the meet with a win in the 200 IM (2:04.46) and second place finish in the 200 butterfly (2:02.36).
The men’s swimming and diving team (0-3, 0-3 SEC) fell to the Gamecocks 166-134. Michael Young led the Tigers with two wins in the 100 backstroke (49.16) and 200 backstroke (1:47.31).
Junior Frank Greeff collected his first win of the year in the 200 butterfly with a mark of 1:50.36. He also had a second place finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.76.
Michael Saco also had a win in the 50 freestyle with a mark of 20.65 and a second place finish in the 100 freestyle (45.95).
Ricardo Alvarado Jiminez also placed first in the 200 breaststroke with a mark of 2:03.29.
The men’s relay team of Young, Gabe Rooker, Greeff and Saco placed first in the 200-medley relay. The team of Alex Linge, Saco, Marco Gonzalez and Young were runner up in the 400 freestyle relay.
“Our men fought really hard until the end of the meet,” Geyer said. “Moving forward this is a young team that is getting more and more accustomed to stepping up and racing. They are starting to work together and I’m really looking forward to our midseason invite.”
On the diving side, Alex Bettridge placed second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 301.05 and Izzy Choquehuanca placed third with a score of 269.10. Sophomore Cassie Weil scored a 306.53 in the 3-meter dive for a second place finish.
Senior Kevin Leong continued his successful season with a third place finish in the 1-meter dive and second place finish in the 3-meter dive. Sean McKinney also finished second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 337.65.
“We had a great battle on the boards and competed well,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “We faltered a bit on our execution, which cost us. It’s those details you have to learn and work out.”
Both teams will take the week off before traveling to College Station, Texas for the Texas A&M Invitational Nov. 21-23.
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Arkansas Downs Missouri State
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 15 University of Arkansas swimming and diving team picked up its fourth dual-meet win of the season by defeating Missouri State 203.5-88.5 in Springfield, Mo., on Saturday. The win was highlighted by a Razorback sweep of the 200-yard freestyle and the 3-meter and 1-meter springboards. The Razorbacks picked up wins in 15 of 16 events.
The win against Missouri State marks a school-record 14th consecutive dual-meet win for Arkansas, breaking the previous record of 13 from 1991-92.
"We came out with the goal of staying positive, focused and aggressive," head Coach Sean Schimmel said. "We let the work show up for where we are at this point in the season."
The Razorbacks began the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. The team of sophomore Anna Mayfield (San Antonio, Texas), junior Nikki Daniels (Wichita, Kan.), junior Susanna White (Forest, Va.), and sophomore Nina Drolc (Velenje, Slovenia) completed the race in 1:43.24.
The Razorbacks swept the 200 freestyle, led by Mayfield in 1:51.01. Sophomore Lauren Jordan (Carmel, Ind.) finished in second place in 1:52.25, and freshman Mary Margaret Soderberg (San Antonio, Texas) took third in 1:56.35.
Senior Kesha Naylor (Saskatchewan, Canada) won the 3-meter with a score of 312.90, a 21.9-point improvement from her first zone qualifying score against Nebraska on Oct. 26. Her score was followed by sophomore Shelby Bartlett (Noblesville, Ind.) in second place with 276.60 and sophomore Hannah Bortnick (Mission Hills, Kan.) in third place with a 260.85.
Naylor led the Razorbacks again in a sweep on the 1-meter boards with a season-high score of 295.72. Bartlett took second place with 273.37 and junior Meghan Clark (Frisco, Texas) came in third with a 254.47.
"Divers were outstanding," Coach Schimmel said. "They really stepped up today. Kesha (Naylor) did a great job winning both boards. Shelby Bartlett also had a great day. The others are taking major strides. I'm really proud of our divers. They did a great job."
White contributed to a team-high four Razorback wins. In addition to splits on two winning relays, White's time of 1:04.79 tied for first place with Missouri State's Renata Sander in the 100 breaststroke. White also won the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.25.
The Razorbacks continued dominance in distance swimming with wins in the 1,000 and 500 freestyles. Sophomore Rachel Stoehr (Lake Forest, Ill.) touched the wall first in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:19.84. Jordan placed first in the 500 freestyle in 4:56.55 and also won the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.99.
Drolc took first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.26. Daniels won the 200 breaststroke in 2:17.92. Sophomore Maddie Monroe (Godfrey, Ill.) won the 100 butterfly in 58.32.
Senior Julia Kucherich (York, Pa.) finished first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:05.63, and earned a second event win in the 400 individual medley in 4:27.77.
Arkansas' relay team of White, Drolc, Monroe and senior Shelby Cox (Little Rock, Ark.) ended the meet by winning the 200 freestyle relay in 1:34.33.
"We've got two weeks now to train and get sharp," Coach Schimmel said. "We're really looking to set up for February and March, go through our routine and be a better team than we've ever been before."
Arkansas will travel to Columbia, Mo., on Nov. 21 to participate in the Missouri Invitational. The three-day invite will be the team's last competition of the fall semester.
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