Swimming and Diving
LSU's Sara Haley
Women's Swimming & Diving Wraps Up NCAA's
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Published: March 17, 2012, 10:06 PM (CT)
by Seth Medvin, Student Assistant SID

BATON ROUGE -- The No. 23 LSU Women's Swimming and Diving Team captured two points at NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala.
 
"We obviously had some success this season, were able to break some school records and sent athletes to the NCAA Championships," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "We had greater goals going into the season, but we're walking out of here with a great deal of experience.
 
Freshman diver Alex Bettridge, who gained NCAA Honorable Mention All-America status after registering two points for LSU on yesterday's three-meter springboard (306.30), competed in the platform and posted a five dive total of 195.10.
 
"She had a tremendous championships from start to finish," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "She showed today what she can do on the platform with a little bit more time to develop. One, getting to her first NCAA's was an accomplishment. Two, to be in a position to be in the top-16 is a remarkable achievement in an elite field of competitors."
 
Junior Sara Haley cranked out a 200 butterfly time of 1:57.48 in a 25th place finish.
 
Sophomore Torrey Bussey registered a 200 breaststroke mark of 2:12.79.
 
In total, seven Lady Tigers qualified for the NCAA Championships. Senior Samantha Goates, a four-time NCAA Honorable Mention All-American, wrapped up her illustrious LSU career following the meet.
 
The future of the program also appears bright after Haley and Bussey's return to the ultimate collegiate stage. In addition, freshmen Amber Carter and Marlene Niemi and sophomore Rainey White drastically improved in their first ever national championships.
 
Over the course of the weekend, the 200 free style relay consisting of Carter, Niemi, Goates and White finished in 19th with a mark of 1:29.97. The 200 medley relay consisting of Goates, Carter, Bussey and Niemi finished in 23rd with a time of 1:40.86.
 
Bussey posted her career high in the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 1:00.71, which reset the program's second fastest time. Her 25th place finish is three spots higher than that of her freshman campaign.
 
Carter and junior Haley posted 100 fly marks of 54.10 and 54.14, respectively.
 
Three Lady Tigers competed in the 50 free. Niemi wrapped up her swim with a time of 23.04, Goates registered a mark of 23.05 and Carter notched a mark of 23.44.
 
Top-10 Final Team Rankings: 1. California 412.5, 2. Georgia 366, 3. Southern California 325.5, 4. Stanford 318, 5. Arizona 299, 6. Texas A&M 262, 7. Auburn 249, 7. Tennessee  9. Texas 201, 10. Florida 160

 

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