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LSU's Luis Gonzalez
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Swimming Teams Earn Dual Wins at FIU
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Published: January 06, 2011, 10:59 PM (CT)
Updated: January 07, 2011, 09:50 AM (CT)
by Jesse Delerno, Student Assistant SID

MIAMI -- The 22nd-ranked LSU women's swimming team won two of three dual meets at Florida International's Bay Vista Aquatics Complex Thursday, while the 23rd-ranked Tigers prevailed over American University to close out the programs' annual training trip in south Florida.

The Lady Tigers (9-3) defeated the host Panthers (171-43) and American (189-16) but fell to Kansas, 128-92. The Tigers overwhelmed the Eagles, 188-17, to improve to 5-4 on the year.

"We had better performances overall this afternoon than we did yesterday," co-head coach David Geyer said. "We were able to focus in on our races and execute some of the details that were missing. We're ready to come home to our own facility and prepare for the remainder of the season."

Senior Luis Gonzalez swept the distance freestyle races with wins in the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle to spearhead the men's efforts. Fellow distance freestyle standout Craig Hamilton raced to victory in the 200 free.

The Tigers also received victories from senior Clint Hallum, juniors Martin Jungfleisch and Simon Diefenthal and sophomores Andrei Tuomola, Reijo Hyvenen and Sean Roddy.

Hallum came out on top in the 200 individual medley (1:55.66), while Jungfleisch swam to first-place in the 100 butterfly (50.78). Diefenthal posted the win in the 100 back (52.84), Tuomola registered first in the 50 free (21.12) and Roddy won the 100 breaststroke (58.77). Hyvenen was the top finisher in the 100 free.

The LSU men also swept the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Senior Jane Trepp, sophomore Amanda Kendall and freshmen Torrey Bussey and Cari Blalock emerged victorious on the women's side.

Trepp topped the field in the 100 breast (1:04.91), while Kendall recorded the victory in the 50 free (23.56). Bussey reached the wall first in the 200 I.M. (2:06.45), and Blalock earned the win in the 100 fly (56.69).

The Lady Tigers also wrapped up the meet in solid fashion as the 200 free relay foursome of Kendall, Samantha Goates, Sara Haley and Trepp took the victory with a 1:35.26 clocking. 

The Tigers and Lady Tigers will return to action on Jan. 15 when the programs hold Senior Day against Incarnate Word in the LSU Natatorium. Check back with www.LSUsports.net, follow us on Twitter @LSUSwimDive or become a fan of our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/LSUSwimDive) for updates on that meet.

 

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