Three swimming and diving athletes receive weekly SEC honors – LSU
BATON ROUGE, The. –The Southeastern Conference on Tuesday announced LSU’s Juan Celaya-Hernandez, Chiara Pellacani and Brooks Curry as Athletes of the Week for their performances against the nationally ranked Texas A&M Aggies.
“What a tremendous honor for Juan and Chiara,” said head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “They were great on both counts against a strong, seasoned Texas A&M team.”
“Brooks had a great meet against Texas A&M,” said head swimming coach Rick Bishop. “His leadership and determination in the pool helps lift those around him. He embodies our team’s belief that anything is possible and that we must dream big, work hard, believe and succeed. Tigres de Geaux!
Celaya-Hernandez, a native of San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico, earned his fifth SEC Male Diver of the Week honor after sweeping the springboard events on Saturday. He now has 18 such honors during his LSU career. It was also the fifth time this season that he swept the springboards during a meeting.
In the game against the Aggies, Celaya-Hernandez was recognized for his incredible accomplishments on a turbulent senior day. He won the one-meter springboard with a final score of 388.95 and placed first in the three-meter springboard with a final score of 447.15.
Pellacani, who joined the Tigers for the spring semester, quickly showed his talent. Along with being another Tokyo Olympian in 2020, she has shown that her level of consistency will be crucial for the SEC Championships and beyond.
The native of Rome, Italy started her career at LSU sweeping the springboards against the Aggies. She took first place in the 1 meter with a final score of 315.45 and won in the 3 meter with a final score of 350.70. Thanks to her performance, she won the team’s season high for both springboards, on the women’s side.
“For Juan, I think he probably set a career record for SEC Diver of the Week,” Shaffer continued. “Chiara is a wonderful new addition to the squad and showed her talent immediately. I’m delighted to move into the league season.
Curry, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is the first LSU swimmer to earn an SEC honor this season, as he was co-Swimmer of the Week alongside Florida’s Kieran Smith. He finished the A&M meet with two individual wins in the 50 and 100 freestyles. In the 50 free, he broke his own LSU Natatorium pool record that he set in the season opener against Grand Canyon University. For the GCU meet, he swam a 19.51 and topped that time with a 19.42 on Saturday.
In the 100 freestyle he placed first with a time of 43.76. Curry and the relay teams he participated in also had victories in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.