Junior Kara Kopcso won three individual events to lead the LSU women’s swimming and diving team to a 164-136 victory over No. 19 Missouri on Thursday afternoon at the Natatorium.
The Lady Tigers won seven individual events and a relay. The balanced effort helped push the No. 23 women’s team to a 9-0 overall record and 2-0 mark in conference play.
Thomas Smith broke the pool record in the 200 back with a time of 1:43.92, but the men’s team fell to No. 10 Missouri, 155.5-141.5. In addition to the victory in the 200 back, Smith finished second in the 100 back (49.16) and 200 IM (1:50.90)
Kopcso began the run of four straight victories at the end of the meet for the women with a win in the 100 fly (54.17). She closed out the individual events by touching the wall first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.17. In the beginning, Kopcso finished first in the 100 fly (1:58.82)
In the final break, the divers provided a strong 1-2-3 finish. Senior Cassie Weil finished first on three-meter with a score of 303.98.
Rileigh Knox and Allie Alter followed in second and third place.
To close out the meet, the team of Leah Troskot, Haylee Knight, Megan Cox and Danielle Stirrat won the 400 free relay in 3:22.06.
Devon Dabney, Tennyson Henry, Sophie Weber and Sophia Bisch also finished second in 3:29.27.
Cox was the first swimmer to win an individual event for LSU. The senior touched the wall first in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.25. Cox also finished second in the 200 free in 50.79.
Troskot swept the sprint free events for the second straight week with times of 23.29 in the 50 free and 50.68 in the 100 free.
Dabney finished second in both distance events for the Lady Tigers with times of 5:01.50 in the 500 free and 10:11.48 in the 1,000 free.
On the men’s side, Logan Rysemus finished first in the 100 back in 48.84 and the 100 fly in 48.24.
Brandon Goldman finished first in the 200 fly (1:49.41), second in the 200 back (1:48.95) and third in the 200 IM (1:51.13).
In the sprint freestyle events, Alex Linge touched the wall first in the 50 free (20.54) and second in the 100 free (44.57). Joao Mescolote finished second in the 50 free in 20.59. Jake Markham finished second in the 500 free (4:39.52) and 200 free (1:39.91).
The men’s team of Linge, Rysemus, Tyler Harper and Markham closed out the meet with a win in the 400 free relay (2:59.87).
In diving, junior Andrew Suchla finished third on three-meter with a score of 315.08 and second on one-meter with a score of 301.43.