AUBURN, Ala. — Alex Bettridge captured first place, set the school record and set the Southeastern Conference record on one-meter on the second day of the SEC swimming and diving championships, posting a score of 350.30.
“It’s still kind of new to me and I wasn’t expecting it,” Bettridge said. “I had no idea where I was on the leaderboard because I was just zoned in. I think winning tonight gives our group momentum going forward. One of our goals is to go 1-2-3 on platform. After tonight, I think it’s possible and I’m looking forward to the rest of the week.”
The senior became the 33rd SEC champion in LSU women’s swimming and diving history.
Bettridge had compiled 266.8 points with just one dive remaining. Needing just 40 points to capture the win, Bettridge tallied a score of 61.10 to secure gold.
“There are few moments in coaching when you’re blessed to have everything just comes together,” coach Doug Shaffer said. “Alex was in the right position with the right opportunity. She competed in a manner that allowed her to shine in the best way that she could to become an SEC Champion, secure the SEC record and break the LSU record.
GREEFF WINS SILVER: Senior Frank Greeff collected LSU’s fourth medal of the championships and the second of his career with a second-place finish in the 100 fly (46.24) on the third day of the SECs on Friday.
In addition to his silver medal, Greeff posted a career high in prelims and remains in third place on the top-10 list.
“Today was a solid day and we were able to put ourselves in a position for great points,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “At night we just got to race and see if we could gain some spots from where we were seeded. We’re past the halfway point, so now we have to keep the momentum into the second half of the meet. We have some strong swims ahead of us.”
The LSU women sit in fourth place with 404 points and the men are in eighth place with 310 points after three days.
Daniel Helm and Andrew Suchla made strong showings in the final of the men’s three-meter springboard. Helm finished fourth with a score of 424.75, for the second-highest score in school history. Suchla posted the eight-highest score in school history (373.80) for sixth place.
Track and field
TWILIGHT MEET BEGINS: The LSU track and field teams return to the Carl Maddox Field House for the first time in more than a month Friday night while headlining their annual LSU Twilight meet.
This year’s LSU Twilight will serve as the team’s final tuneup for the championship season. The Tigers and Lady Tigers will compete at the 2015 SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, next weekend.
Friday’s action begins at 2:30 p.m., and the first preliminary races on the track are at 4 p.m.
The LSU men are No. 6 on the men’s side, and the Lady Tigers are No. 18 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 power rankings released Monday afternoon.
This is the first week in which only performances achieved during the 2015 indoor season are factored into the USTFCCCA’s ranking calculation.
As it does each season, the LSU Twilight will feature a Louisiana flavor with such in-state programs as Loyola-New Orleans, McNeese State, New Orleans, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana and Tulane making the trip to Baton Rouge on Friday night. Rounding out the field from outside the state borders are Rice, Hinds Community College and Meridian Community College.