Dolfin Swim of the Week: Grossman/Rozier 1-2 Wins Meet For LSU

Disclaimer: Dolfin Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The  Dolfin Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.

Heading into the 100 fly, LSU led visiting Missouri by just eight points with four events to go. It was a Cinderella story for LSU, firm underdogs in the meet, but it looked like the Tigers just might run out of gas. Prior to the meet, Mizzou’s women were ranked #13 in our NCAA Power Ranks. LSU wasn’t ranked and didn’t receive a top-20 vote. In the CSCAA dual meet poll, Missouri was 12th (and coming off a top-10 stint the poll prior), while LSU didn’t receive any top-25 votes.

Mizzou had star sprinter Sarah Thompson and were heavy favorites to win the meet-ending 200 free relay, a big point swing late. That meant LSU had to build up a lead to survive Missouri’s late onslaught.

LSU had to grind just to get here in the first place. After Thompson won the 100 free, the meet was down to just one point, with LSU leading 85-84. Through the 200 back and 200 breast, the lead stayed slim, though LSU had increased the margin to three points after the breaststroke. A clutch 500 free win from freshman Summer Stanfield (in a lifetime-best of 4:48.21, bettering her previous best time by almost three seconds) pushed LSU to an eight-point spread. But Mizzou had All-American Haley Hynes up in the 100 fly, her career-best from November ranking in the top 50 nationally.

The Tigers countered with seniors Helen Grossman and Nicole Rozierwho came through with a massive 1-2 finish over Hynes, effectively sealing the meet for LSU. Grossman was 53.94 for the win. That’s close to her career-best 53.2 from last year’s SECs. Rozier went 54.60, the fifth-best swim of her career behind two SEC swims from last year, a 2018 Art Adamson race and a February 2019 dual meet 54.0.

That launched LSU into a 15-point lead. They used their clear-cut diving advantage to increase that lead to 18 after 3-meter, and though Mizzou won the 400 IM and the final relay, the damage was done, and LSU was walking out of the pool with a hard-fought SEC dual meet win by two points. Grossman and Rozier beating Hynes was a 12-point swing.

 

About Dolfin Swimwear

Dolfin Swimwear represents quality and value. We are committed to supplying our customers with a durable swim suit and an affordable price. We also will continue to be the innovaters for fun and unique practice/training suits which gives swimmers something to smile about…even during grueling workouts.

About Dolfin’s Tech Suit LightStrike

LightStrikeTM was developed after years of research in biomechanics, active drag analysis, fabric innovation, and compression analysis. This new FINA approved suit is supported by Dr. Genadijus Sokolovas, PhD in Biomechanics and former Performance Director with USA Swimming and Styku® 3D Biomapping Engineering.

Visit Dolfin to learn more.

Instagram @DolfinSwimwear

Twitter: @DolfinSwim

Facebook: DolfinSwimwear 

Dolfin is a SwimSwam partner.

Leave a Reply

About Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!