GREENSBORO, N.C. — Kara Kopcso and Madison Sthamann of the LSU swimming and diving team captured All-America honors in the 200 fly and on platform, respectively, to wrap up NCAA Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Mandeville’s Kopcso set the school record with a time of 1:55.56 and returned for the final session to break her own record with a time of 1:55.01. Kopcso earned her first NCAA honorable mention All-America honor and became only the second in school history after finishing 12th overall.
Sthamann became the 12th Lady Tiger to be named an All-American on platform with a 261.80 in prelims to qualify for the consolation final. Sthamann finished seventh with a score of 279.
During prelims, Leah Troskot finished 39th (49.24), and Amber Carter finished 46th (49.46) in the 100 free. Carter’s time was also a career high.
The Lady Tigers finished 34th overall with 15 points for the best performance at the NCAA’s since the 2010-11 season. Amber Carter and Cassie Weil were each named NCAA honorable mention All-Americans at the thee-day meet. Carter tied the school record in the 100 fly and Weil earned the fifth All-America honor of her career.
Track and field
BROWN TOP NCAA LEADER IN DISCUS: In Lafayette, for the second time in three seasons, LSU’s Rodney Brown stepped into the ring for his outdoor season debut and walked out as the men’s discus champion at the Louisiana Classics meet at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Brown sealed the title on Saturday afternoon with a season-opening throw of 198-6 in the first round and an improved attempt of 198-7 in the fifth round before ascending to the top of the NCAA rankings with a meet-record throw of 207-11 on his final attempt to outclass the rest of the field by more than 50 feet.
Brown led a 1-2-3 sweep by the Tigers in the event: He was followed on the leaderboard by juniors Patrick Geers in second place with a mark of 155-1 and Terry Hughes in third at 147-7.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers also hit the ground running in their debut in the 4x100-meter relay as they swept the relay titles. The Lady Tigers posted a time of 44.63, with the men running a 39.47.
Junior Andria Aguilar led a host of other LSU event winners with an outdoor personal best of 17 minutes, 15.54 seconds to capture the 5K title.
Other Lady Tigers winning titles included Rushell Harvey in the women’s 100 meters, Bria Druilhet with a mark of 38-9½ in the triple jump and Sidnie Wilder with a throw of 177-8 in the hammer throw.
Among the Tigers claiming titles were Andreas Duplantis (16-7½) in the pole vault, Julian Parker (1:50.70) in the 800, Philip Primeaux (14:57.80) in the 5,000 and Thompson (13.94) in the 110-meter hurdles, and Fitzroy Dunkley (47.15) in the 400.
LSU SPLITS MATCHES IN TOURNAMENT: The LSU sand volleyball team (6-7) dropped its first match to Florida International 4-1 but came back to dominate Spring Hill 5-0 to take three of their four matches this weekend in the Tiger Sand tournament at Mango’s Beach Volleyball Club.
Helen Boyle and Cheyenne Wood helped anchor the Tigers (6-7), winning all of their weekend matches.
The tournament will end Sunday with pairs bracket play at 9 a.m.
FIU 4, LSU 1
1. Maryna Samoday/Anja Licka (FIU) def. Katie Lindelow/Mandi Orellana (13-21, 21-17, 15-10). 2 Kristine Monforte/Summer Nash (FIU) def. Cati Leak/Callan Mole (21-23, 21-13, 15-9). 3. Helen Boyle/Cheyenne Wood (LSU) def. Darija Sataric/Anna Budinska (18-21, 21-18, 15-11). 4. Marina Boulanger/Tia Toghiyani (FIU) def. Katarina Raicevic/Carly Morris (21-16, 21-15). 5. Aren Cupp/Savannah Davis (FIU) def. Riley Young/Emma Hiller (21-17, 21-15)
LSU 5, Spring Hill 0
1. Katie Lindelow/Mandi Orellana (LSU) def. Megan Haber/Mallory Raulerson (21-14, 21-5). 2. Cati Leak/Callan Molle (LSU) def. Savannah Becnel/Julie Vujnovich (21-12, 21-11). 3. Helen Boyle/Cheyenne Wood (LSU) def. Virginia Hicks/Amber Perkins (21-10, 21-8). 4. Katarina Raicevic/Carly Morris (LSU) def. Andria Dytrych/Hannah Masoner (21-5, 21-12). 5. Riley Young/Emma Hiller (LSU) def. Katelyn Bobinger/ Morgan Murphy (21-16, 21-10)
LADY TIGERS TO HOST AUBURN: The No. 49 LSU women’s tennis team (11-7, 2-4 SEC) hosts No. 37 Auburn at 11 a.m. Sunday at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.
Auburn (11-7, 1-5) is the 10th ranked team LSU has faced this season.
TIGERS LOOK FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN: In Starkville, Mississippi, No. 23 LSU (14-3, 3-2 SEC) travels to Starkville to take on Mississippi State (12-5, 3-2) as the team looks for its second consecutive conference road victory.