Lady Tigers finish first; Tigers third
COLLEGE STATION, Texas —Kimberlyn Duncan and Aaron Ernest swept the women’s and men’s 200-meter titles, and the Lady Tigers won the team title at the Texas A&M Triangular on Saturday at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
The Lady Tigers vaulted from third place and into the lead over the final two events to capture the title with 107.5 points. Host Texas A&M finished second with 103.5 points and Arkansas (103) was third.
The Aggies won the men’s
title with 128.5 points, followed by Arkansas with 99 points and LSU with 82.5.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers combined for seven event titles as Charlene Lipsey (mile), Keri Emanuel (triple jump), Denise Hinton (weight throw) claimed first place. LSU’s Tori Bliss and Rodney Brown were winners in the shot put.
“I am very proud of our athletes in the way they competed today against two very good teams in Arkansas and Texas A&M,” LSU coach Dennis Shaver said. “Our women should be recognized, especially for the way they fought to the very end to win the team title.
“It just shows the quality of the teams in this field that so few points separated the three teams. We are happy to win it on that side.”
Duncan opened the defense of her NCAA indoor 200-meter title with an NCAA-leading performance of 23.15 seconds. Texas A&M’s Kamaria Brown, a former McKinley and Baton Rouge High standout, finished second in 23.21.
It was Duncan’s 19th straight 200-meter victory against collegiate competition dating to her sophomore season indoors in 2010.
Ernest followed with a 200-meter win of his own while beating reigning Aggies All-American Prezel Hardy, Jr. Ernst’s 20.79-second time was an indoor personal record.
Ernest finished fourth in the 60 meters (6.82).
“Our athletes really took advantage of a good week of practice with some outstanding performances in the meet today,” Shaver said. “It was a lot of fun watching Kim and Aaron compete to win those 200s, but we saw some great performances throughout the day today to highlight a great meet.”
LSU continues its indoor season next weekend with the first of four trips to Arkansas in the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
Swimming and diving
TEXAS A&M SWEEPS LSU: In College Station, Texas, LSU’s men and women lost to the Aggies in the Tigers’ final Southeastern Conference dual meet.
LSU will return to Texas A&M’s Rec Center on Feb. 19 for the SEC Championships.
“We are going to come back to Texas A&M for our conference championships hungry,” diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “I think it will happen from the swimming and diving side. We are going to have that type of mindset, which is good.”
The Aggies men (1-4, 1-3 SEC) defeated No. 17 LSU (4-2, 2-2) 158-140 in a dual that was not decided until the last event.
The loss ended the Tigers’ three-meet win streak.
“On the front half of the meet we put ourselves in a great position, but the second half of the meet they were getting their hands on the wall first,” swimming coach Dave Geyer said.
“To win, meets you have to get their first in the second half of the meet as well. We came up short. I thought that there were some great performances on the team.”
The No. 5 Aggies women (6-1, 3-1) defeated the Lady Tigers (6-2, 3-2) 179-107. LSU will host Houston, Rice and Tulane on Friday in the LSU Natatorium.
LADY TIGERS SWEEP CHARLESTON SOUTHERN: In Clemson, S.C., LSU swept the doubles competition against Charleston Southern, kicking off their second day at the Clemson Indoor Classic.
Freshman Caroline Hudson and senior Ebie Wilson’s won for the second straight win in doubles play with their 9-4 victory over Charleston Southern’s Alexandra Walters and Chanel Bell.
The team later battled No. 22 Clemson in doubles and Kansas in singles, where LSU notched three wins out of five matches and earned No. 112 Kaitlin Burns, junior Ariel Morton and freshman Ella Taylor their second singles wins this tournament.
The final day of competition continues at 7 a.m. Sunday when the Lady Tigers take on No. 55 Tulane in singles.