Rysemus, Markham Earn NCAA Bids
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU swimmers Logan Rysemus and Jake Markham punched their ticket to the 2017 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships on March 22-25 at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the relays, the 400 free, 200 and 400 medley squads also notched spots in the championships.
“At midseason, we were 99% sure that Logan was going to make the meet, and with Jake dropping times in finals at SEC’s, we had a pretty good thought that he was going to be selected as well,” said head swimming coach Dave Geyer.
“When it was all said and done for the swims that Jake put in, it’s great to get him qualified as a junior, knowing he has another year ahead of him from there.”
Rysemus will make his third-consecutive appearance at NCAA’s after earning Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 100 fly and 100 back at least year’s championships, taking fourth and eighth respectively in the consolation finals.
This season, Rysemus broke his own school record in the 100 back, touching the wall at 45.89 at the 2016 Art Adamson Invitational for the 20th-fastest time in the nation. The Tacoma, Washington native also qualified for the 100 fly after clocking to a time of 45.98, marking the 19th fastest time in the country.
Rysemus holds the school record in the event after lowering the record to 45.19 at last year’s SEC Championships.
Markham collected his first-ever NCAA berth after swimming to a ‘B’ cut time of 1:33.94 in the 200 free to best his own school record at the SEC Championships. A native of Denver, Colorado, the junior also holds the 23rd fastest time in the nation in the event.
Rysemus and Markham are both slated to compete in the 100 free with times of 43.28 and 43.35 respectively that are good for fourth and fifth on LSU’s all-time list. Markham is also slated to compete in the 200 fly with a time of 1:43.96.
In the relays, the men’s 200-medley team of Karl Luht, Silas Dejean, Rysemus and Markham tallied an automatic qualifying time at the Bulldog Last Chance Invite, touching the wall at 1:24.87 to break the school record.
The team also qualified in the 400-medley relay after posting a time of 3:08.00 in the SEC Championships, breaking their second school record this season.
“It’s been a couple of year’s since we’ve had a relay meet the automatic qualifying standard, so it’s good to get that 200 medley into NCAA’s,” added Geyer.
“Overall, we have a good group of men going out there to compete and represent our program well.”