LSU swimming and diving tops SMU

DALLAS — The LSU men’s swimming and diving team defeated SMU 161-139 at the Perkins Natatorium on Saturday as Sean Coltharp (1:52.96) and Alvarado Jimenez’s (1:53.79) 1-2 finish in the 200 individual medley clinched victory for the Tigers.

“I think every time we compete is an opportunity for the swimmers and divers to put together a team victory,” diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “That is what we did today. Every single place helped when it came to the final score. We had some strengths, and at the end of the day, we were a little stronger than SMU was.”

Both squads won eight events a piece. SMU swept the relays, but LSU used its team depth to secure victory.

After dropping the opening 400 medley relay, LSU (4-1) responded with a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 freestyle.

Craig Hamilton won with a mark of 9:31.16, followed by Mathew Schaefer (9:43.88) and Shane Coltharp to give the Tigers the maximum 18 points in the event.

SMU won the 200 free, but Michael Young kicked off three straight victories for LSU with a win in the 100 backstroke (50.96).

Gabe Rooker (55.76) and Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez (56.23) were first and second in the 100 breaststroke.

Frank Greeff topped the run with a first in the 200 butterfly (1:51.49).

The Mustangs won the 50 free, one-meter and 100 free.

SMU’s Devin Burnett won the one-meter (344.85). LSU’s Kevin Leong was second (344.32), while LSU’s Sean McKinney and Jesse Lyman finished fourth and fifth.

With his team down six events to four, Nick Kunkel’s (1:50.21) victory in the 200 backstroke gave LSU momentum, and Alvarado Jimenez (2:02.18) and Rooker (2:02.86) took first and second in the 200 breaststroke.

The duo capped the meet with a 1-2 finish in both events for the second time this season.

Hamilton added his second victory of the meet in the 500 free with a time of 4:36.20.

SMU regained the advantage with wins in the 100 fly and the three-meter springboard.

In the three-meter event, SMU’s Devin Burnett won (372.38).

McKinney (317.40), Lyman (304.35) and Leong (299.55) took second, third and fourth, respectively.

The LSU swimming and
diving team returns to action Saturday at Texas A&M.