AUBURN, Ala. -- The LSU women's swimming and diving squad opened the season with a victory over Big East power Notre Dame, while Auburn's men's and women's teams defeated both the Tigers and Lady Tigers Friday afternoon in the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
The Lady Tigers (1-1) surged past the Fighting Irish, 155.33-141.66, but fell to the rival Tigers, 175-123. The Auburn men emerged victorious over the LSU men (0-1), 212-88.
LSU will make the three-hour trek from Auburn to Tuscaloosa to challenge the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday at 1 p.m. A link to live video can be accessed at www.LSUsports.net.
"The Lady Tigers pulled one through in the end against Notre Dame, and we had some good results," co-head coach David Geyer said. "On the men's side, we had some first meet jitters and got behind early, but we fought back and did the things we needed to compete and showed some heart and desire throughout the meet."
All-Americans Jane Trepp and Amanda Kendall, sophomore diver Rebecca St. Germain and freshman Torrey Bussey spearheaded the Lady Tiger efforts as each posted victories on the afternoon.
Trepp swam to victory in the 50-yard freestyle with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 22.98 seconds and claimed second in the 100 butterfly (55.10). Kendall won the 200 free with a time of 1:49.83 and took second in the 100 free (50.50).
St. Germain, the reigning SEC Freshman Diver of the Year, captured the women's one-meter title and qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Regional with a 298.50 score. The San Antonio native was just edged out in the three-meter by conference champion Vennie Dantin of Auburn, falling less than two points shy of a springboard sweep with a mark of 322.58.
Bussey enjoyed a fine collegiate debut, winning the 200 individual medley (2:03.83) and registering second-place in the 200 breast with the fifth-fastest time in school history, 2:16.54. The Cary, N.C., native also delivered a program top-10 time in the 100 breast, 1:03.32.
Sophomore Craig Hamilton swept the distance freestyle events, and Hannes Heyl raced to victory in the 100 fly to lead the LSU men.
Hamilton captured first in the 500 and 1000 free with times of 4:32.75 and 9:20.86, respectively. Heyl blistered the field in the 100 fly with an impressive early-season 'B' cut time of 48.27.
Junior Brian Gemberling and freshman Daniel Helm each qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Regional to lead the Tigers' diving efforts.
Gemberling placed second in the one-meter (341.48) and third in the three-meter (337.58). Helm came away with scores of 313.20 and 334.88 in the one-meter and three-meter, respectively.