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Women's Swimming & Diving Set for NCAA Meet
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Published: March 20, 2013, 02:08 PM (CT)
by Seth Medvin, Student Assistant SID

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The LSU Women’s Swimming and Diving team will have four swimmers and one diver competing at the three-day NCAA Championships spanning March 21-23 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.

“We’re going to go there and try to score some points,” Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. “We want to come back with a top-25 finish. The NCAA Championships will be intense. We will be excited to compete.”

Junior Torrey Bussey and freshman diver Cassie Weil both qualified individually. Bussey will be joined by freshman Caley Oquist, sophomore Amber Carter and junior Rainey White in the 200 medley relay.

Weil punched her ticket to the meet after a fantastic performance at the NCAA Zone ‘D’ Diving Regionals. The freshman took third on the three-meter with a 12-line total of 662.70 and third on the platform with a 10-line total of 559.65, including LSU’s second best all-time platform score of 299.10 in the prelims.

“I believed very strongly in Cassie’s ability to get to NCAA’s at the Zone Diving Meet,” Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. “This is really a reward for her hard work and dedication. I think this is a taste of what is to come.”

Weil was named the SEC Freshman Diver of the Year after securing a pair of top-eight finishes at the Southeastern Conference Championships. The Hillsboro, Ore., native set the program record on the three-meter in her collegiate dual debut with a score of 372.68.

“She has goals that are higher than what she already done this year,” Shaffer said. “She has met a lot of the goals she has set. This is an opportunity for her to step up on another level.”

Bussey has been one of the nation’s best comeback stories after suffering an offseason injury that coaches feared would prevent her from making her third consecutive national championships. After a phenomenal season, Bussey qualified for the meet individually with a 100 breaststroke time of 1:00.30.

At SEC’s, Bussey earned a final swim in all three of her events: 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 individual medley. The Cary, N.C., native finished 10th in the 100 breast (1:00.30), 13th in the 200 breast (2:11.89) and 14th in the 200 IM (1:59.67), including a season low 1:58.54 in the prelims.

“For Torrey, it has been fun building up for the three events that she will be swimming in there,” Geyer said. “I know that she has some goals about making it back to the finals and going sub-one minute in the 100 breaststroke.”

The Lady Tigers 200 medley team picked up a strong NCAA ‘A’ cut at the SEC Championships with the nation’s 13th fastest time. Oqusit will lead off the race and registered a 50 back leadoff split of 24.86 at the conference meet. Bussey will swim the breaststroke leg, followed by either Carter or White in the freestyle and butterfly position.

“It has been fun for the other girls to train for a 50-yard swim,” Geyer said. “We’ve been able to do some different things in the water. We have focused on speed and power. We’re going to go back there and see what we can do. We’ve got to swim fast in the morning. Typically at the meet, if you are seeded within the top-16 and swim right around your seed time, you should get that opportunity for a second swim.”

Day two and Day three finals will air live on ESPN3 at 6 p.m. (CT) Various championship races will air on tape delay on ESPNU at 7 p.m. (CT) on March 27.

For more information and updates during the meet, please follow LSU Swimming and Diving on Facebook or follow @LSUSwimDive on Twitter.

The men’s NCAA Championships will begin March 28-30. LSU will have eight male representatives at the meet.

Schedule of events; all time eastern:

TRIALS—THURSDAY (11 a.m.— women)
1. 200-yard Freestyle Relay
10-minute intermission starting immediately at the conclusion of the relay
2. 500-yard Freestyle
3. 200-yard Individual Medley
4. 50-yard Freestyle
20-minute intermission
6. 400-yard Medley Relay
5. One-meter Diving—Trials*
 
FINALS—THURSDAY (7 p.m.)
1. 200-yard Freestyle Relay
2. 500-yard Freestyle
3. 200-yard Individual Medley
4. 50-yard Freestyle
5. One-meter Diving—Finals*
6. 400-yard Medley Relay
 
TRIALS—FRIDAY (11 a.m.— women)
7. 200-yard Medley Relay
10-minute intermission starting immediately at the conclusion of the relay
8. 400-yard Individual Medley
9. 100-yard Butterfly
10. 200-yard Freestyle
11. 100-yard Breaststroke
12. 100-yard Backstroke
20-minute intermission
14. 800-yard Freestyle Relay—All but last three heats of time finals
13. Three-meter Diving—Trials*
 
FINALS—FRIDAY (7 p.m.)
7. 200-yard Medley Relay
8. 400-yard Individual Medley
9. 100-yard Butterfly
10. 200-yard Freestyle
11. 100-yard Breaststroke
12. 100-yard Backstroke
13. Three-meter Diving—Finals*
14. 800-yard Freestyle Relay—Last three heats of time finals
 
TRIALS—SATURDAY (11 a.m.—men and women)
16. 200-yard Backstroke
17. 100-yard Freestyle
18. 200-yard Breaststroke
19. 200-yard Butterfly
20-minute intermission
21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay
20. Platform Diving—Trials*
15. 1,650-yard Freestyle—All but last heat of time finals
 
FINALS—SATURDAY (7 p.m.)
15. 1,650-yard Freestyle—Last heat of time finals
16. 200-yard Backstroke
17. 100-yard Freestyle
18. 200-yard Breaststroke
19. 200-yard Butterfly
20. Platform Diving—Finals*
21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay

 

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