FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Tremayne Acy sprinted to a personal-record 20.85 seconds in the 200 meters and Aaron Ernest followed with a seasonal best of his own at 20.97 as each cracked the top 10 of the NCAA rankings to highlight Friday’s opener at the Razorback Invitational.
Their efforts helped propel the Tigers to the top of the men’s team standings with 46.5 points on the first day of competition, followed by Texas A&M (43) in second place and Arkansas (34) in third place.
Acy beat Texas A&M’s Devin Jenkins (20.91) to the finish line to take the lead in the event with just three heats to go, but his lead was short-lived when Tulsa’s Bryce Robinson won the final heat in 20.78.
Acy catapulted himself into the top five of the national rankings as the NCAA’s No. 5-ranked 200-meter sprinter for the 2015 indoor season and became the sixth-fastest Tiger in school history in the event. It was a performance that smashed his previous indoor personal best of 21.03 set during his freshman season with the Tigers a season ago.
Swimming and diving
RECORDS FALL AT QUAD MEET: The LSU women’s swimming team set three pool records and took a first-day lead over Houston, Rice and Tulane at their quad meet Friday.
The Lady Tigers’ 200-medley relay team of Caley Oquist, Colleen O’Neil, Amber Carter, and Leah Troskot set the pool record with a time of 1:39.19. It broke the previous record set by Tennessee this season.
Kara Kopcso also broke 17-year-old LSU Natatorium records in the 100 fly and 200 IM. The sophomore finished with a career-best time of 52.91 in the 100 fly. Kopcso also finished with a time of 1:59.57 in the 200 IM.
Alex Bettridge swept the springboard events for the second consecutive week. The senior posted a score of 302.25 on one-meter and a score of 304 on three-meter.
Earlier in the day, Acy cruised into Saturday’s semifinal round of the men’s 60-meter dash with a qualifying 6.72 that was just one one-hundredth short of his personal best of 6.71 for sixth place in the first round.
TIGERS RETURN HOME TO FACE PURDUE AND WISCONSIN: After splitting two matches at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kickoff in College Station, Texas, last weekend, the men’s tennis team returns to “Dub” Robinson Stadium for weekend matches against Purdue and Wisconsin.
The No. 39 Tigers (3-1) will face No. 49 Purdue (2-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday and Wisconsin (1-2) at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Saturday’s match against the Boilermakers will be LSU’s third consecutive ranked opponent.
“We are certainly looking to build on last weekend’s performance,” coach Jeff Brown said. “We have had a good week of practice. We do not know (Purdue or Wisconsin) that well, so it will be a challenge that way as well.”
Saturday’s match starts nine-match homestand that will end March 1.