Presley leads as golfers tied for first

CHOUDRANT — LSU’s Andrew Presley leads the field with an 8-under par 136 after firing a tournament-best 67 in the morning round, and the LSU men’s golf team is tied for the lead after Monday’s first two rounds of the Argent Financial Classic at Squire Creek Country Club.

LSU is tied for first in the team standings with North Texas with a two-under par 574. LSU fired rounds of 292 and 282, while North Texas had rounds of 293 and 281.

Louisiana Tech (295-288—583) is in third place in the team standings, McNeese State (303-299—602) is eighth and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is 10th (309-302—611).

The tournament’s final round will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday with teams teeing off on holes one and 10.

Argent Financial Classic

At Squire Creek Country Club, Choudrant

Team standings: T1. LSU 292-282—574; T1. North Texas 293-281—574. 3. Louisiana Tech 295-288—583. 4. Texas State 295-299—594. T5. Arkansas-Little Rock 299-299—598; T5. Southern Mississippi 303-295—598. 7. Central Arkansas 302-299—601; 8. McNeese State 303-299—602. 9. Jacksonville State 305-300—605. 10. Louisiana-Lafayette 309-302—611. 11. Missouri State 321-305—626.

LSU individuals: 1. Andrew Presley, 67-69—136. T6. Curtis Thompson, 75-69—144. T12. Myles Lewis, 74-72—146. T19. Stewart Jolly, 76-72—148; T19. Zach Wright, 76-72—148.

Louisiana Tech individuals: T6. Victor Lange, 72-72—144. T9. Travis Wilmore, 75-70—145. T19. Sam Forgan, 76-72—148; T19. Ben Robinson, 74-74—148. T38. Jack Lempke, 74-81—155. *T51. Brandon Newton, 83-76—159.

McNeese State individuals: T16. Kendall Magee, 73-74—147. T26. Mick Huffman, 75-75—150. T38. Martin Eriksson, 79-76 —155, T41. Michael Killam, 82-74—156. T48. Jack Clyde, 76-82—158.

UL-Lafayette individuals: T26. Brandt Garon, 75-75—150; T26. Ross Davis, 78-72—150. *T33. Jason Noto, 78-75—153. T41. Yohann Vora, 73-83—156. T56. Ethan Savoy, 86-75—161. 59. Thomas Strandemo, 83-80—163.

* — competing as individuals

Swimming and diving

WEIL QUALIFIES FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: In Houston, LSU freshman diver Cassie Weil finished third in the women’s three-meter springboard at the NCAA Zone ‘D’ Diving Regionals at the CRWC Natatorium to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships.

Tuesday, the men’s three-meter begins at 11 a.m. and the women’s one-meter begins at 4:30 p.m. Five men’s spots and four women’s spots for the NCAA Championships are still up for grabs.

Weil registered a 12-line score of 662.70 after notching a final mark of 345.90 and a prelim mark of 316.80.

Sean McKinney finished his one-meter run in seventh place after scoring a 12-line total of 653.80 and posting a 320.60 in the prelims. McKinney’s final-round score of 333.20 was 1.60 points less than his career best.

Kevin Leong took eighth on the one-meter with a 12-line total of 645.55 after scoring a 308.75 in the prelims. Leong’s final round total of 336.80 is LSU’s 10th best all-time score for the event.

Alex Bettridge ended her three-meter run in 13th place with a 12-line total of 573.75. She had a prelim score of 305.90 and a final score of 267.85.

Freshman Allie Alter scored a prelim score of 254.10 on the three-meter.

Gymnastics

LSU EARNS HIGHEST RQS SINCE 2004: After tallying its highest score in a meet since 2008 with a 197.500 against Alabama, the LSU gymnastics team checked in at No. 5 with a 197.055 regional qualifying score (RQS) in the latest GymInfo standings released Monday.

The team RQS is the highest for LSU since March 22, 2004 when the Tigers accumulated a 197.400 RQS.

LSU (9-4) took over the No. 1 spot in the team vault standings with a 49.470 RQS after scoring a 49.600 last week against Alabama, the second-best vault total in school history. The Tigers are ranked fourth on floor at 49.410, seventh on bars at 49.240 and 15th on beam at 49.000.

LSU travels to face North Carolina State at 6 p.m. Friday at Reynolds Coliseum. The meet will be broadcast free at www.LSUsports.net/live.

GymInfo Top 25

For March 3

1. Oklahoma 197.570. 2. Florida 197.440. 3. Michigan 197.175. 4. Alabama 197.125. 5. LSU 197.055. 6. Georgia 196.985. 7. Utah 196.940. 8. UCLA 196.905. 9. Oregon State 196.790. 10. Stanford 196.590. 11. Nebraska 196.565. 12. Auburn 196.510. 13. Denver 196.340. 14. Minnesota 196.250. 15. Arkansas 196.090. 16. Penn State 196.085. 17. Illinois 196.030. 18. Arizona 195.960. 19. Kentucky 195.860. 20. Ohio State 195.815. 21. West Virginia 195.780. 22. Kent State 195.755. 23. Boise State 195.665. 24. Central Michigan 195.620. 25. Iowa 195.600