Mizzou Men Defeat LSU 167-133; Luht Sets Pair of Backstroke Pool Records

Louisiana State vs Mizzou (M)

  • Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Results
  • Men’s Score: Mizzou 167, LSU 133
  • Women’s Score: LSU 151, Mizzou 149

Louisiana State welcomed Mizzou to the LSU Natatorium for a midday clash between conference rivals, the first since the 2015-16 campaign.

In a bit of an upset, the LSU women came away with a two-point victory by a score of 151-149, while the Mizzou men came out on top 167-133. You can read more on the women’s meet here.

With both teams suited a few pool records went down on the men’s side, both at the hands of LSU senior Karl Luht. The Estonia native took down his own mark in the 100 backstroke in a time of 46.09 and set a new one in the 200 in 1:42.81.

Mizzou had two athletes win multiple events en route to its meet victory.

Sophomore Jack Dubois topped fields in the men’s 500 (4:29.34) and 1650 free (15:27.21), and freshman diver Leonardo Garcia Varela swept the 1-meter and 3-meter events.

Also winning individually for the road team was junior Carter Grimes in the 400 IM (3:52.57), sophomore Danny Kovac in the 100 fly (46.79—a 1-2-3 sweep with teammates Daniel Hein and Micah Slaton), and Slaton in the 200 fly (1:44.96).

Hein (21.93), Kovac (24.29) and Slaton (20.92) also combined with freestyler Kyle Leach (19.48) to win the men’s medley relay in a time of 1:26.62.

Joining Luht as multi-event winners for LSU was junior Luca Pfyffer and freshman Brooks Curry.

Pfyffer swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with times of 54.67 and 1:58.27 respectively, and Curry did the same in the 100 (43.96) and 200 free (1:36.93).

The losing team also had a victory from Matthew Klotz in the 50 free (20.22), and then Klotz (20.08), Curry (19.53), Luht (19.72) and senior Lewis Clough (19.72) combined to win the closing 200 free relay by almost half a second in 1:19.22.

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Texas A&M Swim Fan
2 years ago

Congratulations to Karl Luht on breaking the LSU pool records in the 100 back & the 200 back today!! Great swims by him & glad that they were his personal bests as well👍. Those pool records will be broken on January 18th when Shaine Casas & Texas A&M come to town (should Shaine swim those events)👍👍

Reply to  Texas A&M Swim Fan
2 years ago

I wonder if people like you ever read your comments out loud before you post them. just let LSU (and Mizzou) enjoy having a good meet

Texas A&M Swim Fan
Reply to  riley
2 years ago

Sounds like they both had a good meet & I don’t think I kept that from happening like you think I did. As I stated ( & meant), I’m glad the young man swam his best times & has the pool records for those events. Hope he’s proud of those accomplishments as well he should be. Looking forward to that meet on the 18th.
Thanks for the advice. I did read this aloud prior to posting it.

JP input is too short
Reply to  riley
2 years ago

“Karl Luht, imma let you finish, but Shaine Casas is going to have the fastest backstroke times of all time in LSU’s pool”

Reply to  JP input is too short
2 years ago

Why is it only in swimming that we’re so afraid of hurting peoples’ feelings that everything has to exist in a vacuum? Context is everything in sports. Don’t shush people trying to string the story of our season together. Those throughlines are what will help this sport attract a bigger audience outside of the Olympics.

Reply to  WhestSide
2 years ago

I agree. Keep the $h!t talking going.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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