Swimming, diving teams take lead

The LSU women’s swimming and diving team opened a two-day quad meet with leads over Houston, Rice and Tulane in the LSU Natatorium on Friday.

“I think we came out of the gate really well with a win in the 200 medley relay,” coach Dave Geyer said. “With individual performances we are starting to see that front end speed, which is exciting heading into the postseason.”

The 400-medley relay team of Caley Oquist, Taryn MacKenzie, Amber Carter and Rainey White set the tone early, winning the event with a time of 1:42.78.

LSU took 1-2-3-4 in the 100 backstroke. Danielle Stirrat won the event in 56.66. Kyra Jones finished second, with Katlin Sepp and Jennifer Reese placing third and fourth, respectively.

The Lady Tigers also finished 1-2-3 in the 200 individual medley. Torrey Bussey captured the event with a time of 2:03.29, with Sally Wood placing secon, while Megan Cox took third.

Cox won the 200 free with a mark of 1:51.00.

Carter posted a pair of individual victories in the 100 butterfly (55.11) and the 50 free (23.48).

Diver Alex Bettridge captured the 3-meter title with her season-best score of 325.70. Elle Schmidt notched her career best and narrowly missed the 300-point barrier with a score of 299.55.

Men tennis

TIGERS TO FACE NO. 11 MISSISSIPPI STATE IN ITA KICK-OFF CLASSIC: The No. 25 LSU (1-0) men’s tennis team will be in Starkville, Miss., this weekend for the ITA Kick-Off Classic hosted by No. 11 Mississippi State (2-0). The other classic matchup will be No. 21 Auburn (3-0) vs. No. 23 Indiana (1-2).

“The ITA Kick-Off gives teams a good focal point early in the season,” coach Jeff Brown said. “We take a lot away from this event every year.”

Mississippi State is led in singles by Romain Bogaerts and Malte Stropp. The top doubles teams are, Jordan Angus and Stropp at No. 1, with James Chaudry and Stefan Vinti at No. 2. The Tigers will be led by the duo of Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski.

Women tennis

LADY TIGERS AT HOME FOR DOUBLEHEADER: LSU will begin its season Saturday with a home opening doubleheader against Northwestern State at 1 p.m. CST and Southern University at 6 p.m.

“I’m very excited to kick off our spring season this weekend,” coach Julia S. Sell said. “This team has put in an incredible amount of hard work and conditioning, and now it’s time to enjoy some competition.”

Saturday will serve as the LSU dual match debut for freshmen Caroline Hudson and Ella Taylor, as well as sophomore transfer Mary Jeremiah. Returning for the Lady Tigers are seniors Kaitlin Burns, Keri Frankenberger and Ebie Wilson and junior Ariel Morton.

LSU’s record against the Southern is 20-0, and holds a 17-1 advantage over the Northwestern State.

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