Senior Matt Roney
Jan. 9, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. (SMU) - Junior diver Devin Burnett finished first in both the 1 and 3-meter dives as he posted scores of 359.55 and 397.50, respectively, as the SMU men's swimming and diving team fell to LSU, 185-112 in SMU's second dual meet of the season. Freshman Ziga Cerkovnik made his collegiate debut today and placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.59.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Cerkovnik finished second in 49.88.
"Ziga made his presence known and competed really well in his first race of the season," head coach Eddie Sinnott said. "Devin led the divers who all competed and scored well."
In addition to Burnett, freshman diver Bryce Klein placed second (393.83) in the 3-meter dive and third (336.83) in the 1-meter dive.
In relays, the Ponies won the 400-yard freestyle relay as the team of seniors Matt Roney, Ryan Koops, junior Giedrius Andriunaitis and Cerkovnik placed first with a time of 3:05.15. In the 200-yard medley relay, seniors Braeden Newton, Nicolai Hansen, Koops and Cerkovnik finished third in 1:32.54.
Individually, Roney finished runner-up in both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle races with times of 46.40 and 1:40.3, respectively. In the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley, senior Nicolai Hansen placed runner-up in both with times of 2:04.34 and 1:52.93, respectively. Hansen also finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.54.
"I'm glad Nicolai was able to get back and compete today," Sinnott said.
Junior Tyler Rauth finished third (1:53.4) in the 200-yard butterfly, while sophomore Eastman Holloway placed second (4:40.16) in the 500-yard freestyle. In the 1000-yard freestyle, junior Gabo Andonie paced the Mustangs as he placed fourth with a time of 9:41.27.
"It was good to get the second semester going," Sinnott continued. "We are all excited to come back to compete in Dallas next week and continue training for the upcoming championship season."
SMU returns to action next Friday when it hosts the annual SMU Classic in the Perkins Natatorium on Jan. 17-18. Competition is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. each day. Check SMUMustangs.com for more information regarding the Classic.