Swimming & Diving Travels to Houston

LSU's Daniel Helm
LSU's Daniel Helm
Steve Franz
Seth Medvin
Seth Medvin

BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Swimming and Diving program will compete against 13 women's teams and four men's teams at the Phil Hansel Invitational hosted by the University of Houston from Nov. 15-17.
The morning sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and the finals will begin at 5 p.m. Live meet results will be posted on uhcougars.com and full recap of each day's events will be available on LSUsports.net.
"I think it is an ideal meet," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "It matches the conference championships environment well. We are getting up early, will have longer morning sessions and then have to swim faster at night. This is what we need right now. This will give us a real feel for what the conference line-up is like."
The No. 19 Lady Tigers (5-1, 2-1 SEC) will be competing against Air Force, No. 23 Arkansas, Houston, Florida Gulf Coast, Fresno State, Idaho, New Mexico State, New Mexico, Tulane, No. 4 Texas A&M and Wyomig.
The No. 20 men's team (2-1, 1-1 SEC) will be competing against SMU, Texas A&M and Wyoming.
"Our preparation will be a little different heading into it," Geyer said. "We started backing off a little bit on Saturday to rest them up a bit before the meet. We are going to allow them to wear their technical suits for finals just to get a feel for that. If things go well, there are a number of athletes who can get some NCAA qualifying times and push themselves up the national rankings. If things go really well, we might get an NCAA cut in the relay as well."
In addition, Clemson (men and women), Kansas (women), Nebraska (women), Texas (men and women), TCU (men and women) and UCLA (women) will be diving at the event.
"We are going to Houston with the intention of succeeding in a championship and multi-day environment where we have morning competition and evening competition," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "Our goal is to get as many people in the finals in every event, each and every day. The experience of diving prelim-final for three days in a row is invaluable as we prepare for our postseason."
The LSU divers will be getting their first crack at the platform this season. Junior Daniel Helm became LSU's 13th NCAA All-American on the platform last season after diving to a 12th place finish with a total of 324.50 at the NCAA Championships.
"We have trained real well on platform. This is our first opportunity to do the dives that we have done on a regular basis, but also an opportunity to do the dives that are new on our list," Shaffer said. "We will have two more attempts this year before the conference championships on the platform. That is important for two reasons: experience and to gauge where we are at."
On the men's side, junior Michael Saco is second in the conference in the 50 freestyle with a mark of 20.18. Senior Andrei Tuomola is fourth in the 50 free with a time of 20.38.
Sophomore Michael Young earned SEC Male Swimmer of the Week honors for his performances in the team's 196-104 victory over Alabama. Young currently owns the SEC's sixth fastest 100 back mark of 49.65.
Freshman Gabe Rooker has teamed up with senior Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez to form one of top breaststroke duos in the nation. Rooker and Alvarado Jimenez have posted the fourth best 100 breast (55.73) and 200 breast (2:01.04), respectively, in the SEC this year.
Senior Raymond De Padua notched the conference's third best 100 butterfly (49.06) against Alabama. Sophomore Frank Greeff is close to regaining his pre-injury speed in the 200 fly, and currently sits seventh in the SEC with a time of 1:48.73.
Two-time NCAA Honorable-Mention All-American Craig Hamilton will swim the mile for the first time this season.
On the women's side, the Lady Tigers have received a huge boost from its freshman class. Diver Cassie Weil was named the SEC Diver of the Week for her performance against Auburn in which she set the program record on the three-meter (372.68) in her collegiate debut. Her three-meter mark is tops in the conference this season. She also has scored the team's top one-meter mark (294.60) this season.
Freshman Danielle Stirrat owns team best times in the 200 back (1:59.07) and the 500 free (4:59.91). Freshman Megan Cox has posted the team's lowest 200 free mark of 1:50.92 and freshman Jessie James has posted the team's lowest 1000 free mark of 10:09.68.
Senior Sara Haley has registered the conference's fifth fastest 200 fly (1:59.15) this season.
Junior Torrey Bussey has scored victories this season in the 100 breast (1:02.13), 200 breast (2:16.08) and 200 IM (2:05.68).
Sophomore Amber Carter and junior Rainey White have led the team in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly this season.
For more information on the program, please visit LSUsports.net. For social media updates, follow @LSUswimdive on Twitter or 'like' LSU Swimming and Diving on Facebook.
Women events are odd numbers and men events are even numbers.
1/2: 200 Free Relay
3/4: 500 Freestyle
5/6: 200 I.M.
7/8: 50 Freestyle
9/10: Diving
11/12: 400 Medley Relay
13/14: 200 Medley Relay
15/16: 400 I.M.
17/18: 100 Butterfly
19/20: 200 Freestyle
21/22: 100 Breaststroke
23/24: 100 Backstroke
25/26: Diving
27/28: 800 Freestyle Relay
29/30: 1650 Freestyle
31/32: 200 Backstroke
33/34: 100 Freestyle
35/36: 200 Breaststroke
37/38: 200 Butterfly
39/40: Platform Diving
41/42: 400 Freestyle Relay
Swimming Prelims- 10 am
Diving Prelims: Men's 1m - 11am
Women's 3m - 30 minutes after the completion of Men's 1m
Diving Finals: Men's 1m Final - 5pm
Women's 3m Final - during the first break of the evening swimming session
Swimming Finals- 6 pm
Swimming Prelims- 10 am
Diving Prelims: Women's 1m - 11am
Men's 3m - 30 minutes after the completion of Women's 1m
Diving Finals: Women's 1m Final - 5pm
Men's 3m Final - during the first break of the evening swimming session
Swimming Finals- 6 pm
Swimming Prelims- 10 am
Diving Finals: Men's and Women's Combined Platform Final - 12pm
Swimming Finals- 6 pm





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