Jan. 18, 2013
Joao De Lucca's win in the 200-free was a highlight of the first day of the SMU Classic as the Cardinals sit in fourth place in the two day events held at Perkins Natatorium in Dallas, Texas.
No. 1 ranked Michigan is in first (166), No. 5 USC is in second with 162, followed by No. 7 ranked Florida (153), No. 16 U of L (125), Purdue (116) and host SMU with 115.
In the 400-medley relay, U of L's foursome of Caryle Blondell, Kameron Chastain, Albert Lloyd and Joao De Lucca posted a time 3:17.16 for fifth place.
In the 400-IM, Nolan Tesone was fourth with a time of 3:52.76. In the B-final, Juan Lopez was third with a time 3:55.55.
Junior Joao De Lucca won the 200-free, with a time of 1:35.06, just two-one hundreths of a second ahead of the runner up for the win. Alex Burtch was in the B-final and picked up points with a time of 1:39.31.
In the 50-free, Caryle Blondell was sixth with a time of 20.23. Samuel Hoekstra won the B-final with a time of 20.43.
In the 100-fly, Albert Lloyd was sixth with a time of 49.81. In the B-final, Juan Lopez was fifth with a time of 49.90.
was fifth in the 100-back with a time of 49.70 and freshman Nolan Tesone
was fifth in the B-final with a time of 51.04.
In the 100-breast, Kameron Chastain was fourth with a time of 55.23. In the B-final, Alex Burtch was fifth with a time of 57.64.
In the 800-free relay, Albert Lloyd (1:42.66), Joao De Lucca (1:35.82), Samuel Hoekstra (1:38.77) and Alex Burtch (1:38.83) combined for a time of 6:36.08.
Seven individual events and two relays are held each night. Each of the six teams enter two swimmers per event, one to race in the A final and one to race in the B final. The divers compete in the 1-meter Friday and the 3-meter Saturday. Each school is represented by one diver and one foursome per relay event. Relays are the top-scoring events of the weekend. And to encourage coaches to put their top performers in the A finals, the sixth-place finisher in the A Final earns more team points than the winner of the B final.
The unique six-lane pool at Perkins Natatorium matches up perfectly with the six-team format, allowing each race to feature a full field of swimmers.