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2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll
SENIOR SEASON (2012-13)
Experienced swimmer who competed at the Southeastern Conference Championships for the first time in his career his senior season … Registered career lows in the 100 backstroke (50.01) and in the 100 butterfly (51.40) at the SEC Championships … Swam three impressive marks in the 100 back, 200 back and 200 fly at the Phil Hansel midseason invitational … Set his then career low in the 100 fly (51.40) in a 15th place finish at the midseason meet … Raced to 14th in the 200 back (1:55.17) and to 18th in the 100 back (52.21) at the Phil Hansel Invite … Competed in every dual meet … Took fourth in the 100 back (52.04) in a dual win over Alabama … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Earned his third varsity letter.
JUNIOR SEASON (2011-12)
Multi-stroke swimmer who competed in the Tennessee Invitational and three dual meets … Made the ‘B’ final of the 200 backstroke and placed 16th with a season low of 1:56.02 at the Tennessee Invitational … Part of top-16 swims in the 200 medley relay, the 400 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay at Tennessee Invitational … Exhibitioned in the 100 back and swam a time of 53.68 against Auburn … Swam in the 200 medley relay and the 100 free against Florida State … Earned his second varsity letter.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010-11)
Backstroke and butterfly contributor who made significant strides toward the end of his second collegiate season … Posted personal-best times in his three best events … Competed in every dual meet and Cougar Classic Invitational … Enjoyed the finest meet of his young career at Texas A&M, winning the 200 back in a personal-best clocking of 1:49.07 and taking second in the 100 back with another lifetime best of 50.01 … Raced to fifth in the 200 back at the Cougar Classic (1:54.37), recorded seventh in the 100 back (52.81) and placed eighth in the 100 fly after swimming a career best of 52.29 in the prelims … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Earned his first varsity letter.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2009-10)
Added depth to the backstroke events and medley relays … Competed in five dual meets and Houston’s Cougar Classic Fall Invitational … Swam to a fifth-place finish in the 100 back (53.59) in a win over UNO … Recorded a season best, lead-off split of 53.31 in the 100 back against Texas A&M in the 400 medley relay … Placed 13th in both backstroke races at the Cougar Classic … Registered personal bests of 51.67 and 51.50 in the 100 back and 100 butterfly, respectively, at a sectional meet.
PRIOR TO LSU
A key member and co-captain of his district champion high school squad in 2009 … Specializes in backstroke events and holds a top time of 52.70 in the 100 back … Also played hockey at the prep level … Coached by Johnny Foss.
Born June 13, 1991 in Southlake, Texas … Parents are Alex and Caroline Mericas … Has one older sister, Liz … Majoring in mechanical engineering.
CHRIS’ TOP TIMES
100 backstroke, 50.01, 2013 SEC Championships
200 backstroke, 1:49.07, 2011 at Texas A&M
100 butterfly, 51.40, 2013 SEC Championships
CHRIS’ TOP 2012-13 TIMES
100 backstroke, 50.01, SEC Championships
200 backstroke, 1:49.65, SEC Championships
100 butterfly, 50.40, SEC Championships