3 swimmers, divers advance in SEC meet

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The LSU swimming and diving team sent three athletes to the championship finals during the second day of competition at the Southeastern Conference Championships.

Seniors Craig Hamilton and Andrei Tuomola and sophomore Alex Bettridge each earned a spot in the top eight.

“We need to be perfect in the morning to get that opportunity to swim at night,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “We learned that this morning. We had a couple of swims that were not as sharp as they needed to be.”

Through two days, LSU men’s team is in sixth place with 272.5 points, 16 points behind Texas A&M. The Lady Tigers are in fifth place with 277 points.

Bettridge finished fourth on the 1-meter with a score of 301.85.

All four of the women divers scored points on the 1-meter after all scoring on the 3-meter in the first day, accumulated 60 points, tied for the most points from any one diving team.

“I couldn’t be happier with their performance,” diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “Elle Schmidt had her highest SEC place finish. Cassie Weil and Allie Alter added valuable points to our team scores. Alex Bettridge got into her second career championship final on the one-meter.”

Schmidt was 10th with 282.75 points. Weil was 13th at 270.90, and Alter was 22nd at 247.55.

Tuomola qualified for the 50-meter freestyle final with a mark of 19.60 seconds.

Prelims begin at 10 a.m. Thursday.

SEC Championships

Team Rankings

Men through Event 14

1. Auburn, 417; 2. Florida, 412.5; 3. Georgia, 372; 4. Tennessee, 300.5; 5. Texas A&M, 288.5; 6. LSU, 272.5; 7. Missouri, 252; 8. South Carolina, 201; 9. Alabama 187, 10. Kentucky, 153.

Women through Event 15

1. Georgia, 500; 2. Texas A&M, 464; 3. Florida, 443; 4. Tennessee, 429; 5. LSU, 277; 6. Missouri, 274; 7. Auburn, 263; 8. Arkansas, 234; 9. Kentucky, 194; 10. Alabama, 161; 11. South Carolina, 129; 12. Vanderbilt, 92.

Women’s tennis

Rice 5, LSU 0: No. 35 Rice swept past the LSU women’s tennis team 5-0 Wednesday at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Club after weather conditions moved the location from the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.

The Lady Tigers (5-3) split their first two doubles matches: Rice’s Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath defeated Mary Jeremiah and Ariel Morton 8-6, and LSU’s Ebie Wilson and Keri Frankenberger defeatedLiat Zimmerman and Katie Gater 8-5. But Rice’s Daniela Trigo and Solomiya Zinko defeated Kaitlin Burns and Ella Taylor 8-3.

Rice (6-4) swept through four singles matches to clinch the match.

LSU will host Nicholls State at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by a match against Grambling at 6 p.m. at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.

Rice 5, LSU 0

Singles

1. Natalie Beazant (Rice) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 6-0, 6-1

2. Dominique Harmath (Rice) def. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1

3. Katie Gater (Rice) def. Ella Taylor (LSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

4. Liat Zimmermann (Rice) def. Ariel Morton (LSU) 6-3, 6-4

5. Kimberly Anicete (Rice) vs. Caroline Hudson (LSU) 6-4, 4-1, unfinished

6. Solomiya Zinko (Rice) vs. Ebie Wilson (LSU) unfinished

Doubles

1. Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath (Rice) def. Mary Jeremiah/Ariel Morton (LSU) 8-6

2. Ebie Wilson/Keri Frankenberger (LSU) def. Liat Zimmermann/Katie Gater (Rice) 8-5

3. Daniela Trigo/Solomiya Zinko (Rice) def. Kaitlin Burns/Ella Taylor (LSU) 8-3