LSU Swimmers, divers start NCAA action

INDIANAPOLIS — The LSU women’s swimming and diving team competed in two events on the first day of the NCAA Championships at the IU Natatorium.

Junior Torrey Bussey posted a time of 2:00.14 in the 200 individual medley.

Freshman diver Cassie Weil took 28th on the one-meter with a score of 268.60.

“Cassie dove very well in the one-meter competition,” diving coach Shaffer said. “It is not her strongest event compared to the field. She was 28th, but she really didn’t miss anything. Her performance was an excellent showing for her.”

The Lady Tigers will be competing in their strongest events on the second day. Weil will dive on the three-meter, and Bussey will swim in her best event, the 100 breaststroke. Bussey finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.30) at the Southeastern Conference Championships.

“Torrey showed great promise for the rest of the meet,” swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “She was out very fast and just faded on the back half. We are ready for the relay tomorrow. “Torrey is focused in on her breaststroke for the rest of the meet.”

Bussey will be joined by freshman Caley Oquist, sophomore Amber Carter and junior Rainey White on the 200 medley relay Friday. The 200 medley relay team goes into the meet with the 13th fastest time.

Day 2 and 3 finals will air live online at ESPN3 at 6 p.m. Various championship races will air on tape delay on ESPNU at 7 p.m. March 27.

Women’s tennis

LADY TIGERS TRAVEL TO OLE MISS: In Oxford, Miss., LSU will take on No. 36 Ole Miss at 3 p.m. Friday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.

“Ole Miss is a very good team,” LSU coach Julia S. Sell said. “Their ranking right now does not represent their talent level. We ended last weekend with a solid win, and I want the team to carry that momentum with us into this weekend.”

In LSU’s last match, the Lady Tigers (8-8, 1-5 SEC) notched their first conference win with a 6-1 victory over Missouri on Sunday. Senior Kaitlin Burns defeated Mizzou’s No. 114 Cierra Gaytan-Leach in the top spot with a 6-0, 6-1 win.

The doubles team of Ebie Wilson and Keri Frankenberger defeated the No. 68-ranked pair of Rachel Stuhlmann and Maria Christensen 8-6 on Court 2 to give LSU the doubles point.

Ole Miss enters the match 4-8 and 2-4 in the SEC.

LSU HOSTING SEVENTH-RANKED OLE MISS: The No. 48 LSU men’s tennis team is set to host No. 7 Ole Miss at 3 p.m. Friday.

The Tigers (6-7, 1-4 SEC) are coming off a 1-1 weekend in which they earned a dramatic first conference win by beating then-No. 11 Texas A&M on March 15 in College Station, Texas, along with a tough 5-2 loss to then-No. 40 Michigan on March 17 at home.

“Ole Miss is a very good team, and they’re having a good year, so we’re going to have to match that level of intensity and come ready to play,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said.

“As long as we’re taking
care of ourselves and we’re dialed in, we can play with anyone.”

The Rebels are 11-4, 4-2 SEC.