BATON ROUGE - The LSU Swimming and Diving program signed six male swimmers, five female swimmers and one male diver during the Fall recruiting period.
The class is composed of 11 Americans and one Canadian, and is highlighted by Kara Kopcso, a collegeswimming.com Top-25 prospect and the top swimmer in the state of Louisiana.
The Abita Springs native swam with the Francos Fins and has posted short-course yard bests of 54.48 in the 100 butterfly, 1:59.06 in the 200 fly, 2:01.18 in the 200 individual medley and 4:16.03 in the 400 IM. Her 200 fly and 200 IM career lows would rank her in the top-10 all-time in the program. In long-course meters competition, Kopcso has notched equally impressive times in the 100 fly (1:01.36), the 200 fly (2:11.72), the 200 IM (2:18.81) and the 400 IM (4:48.64).
"Kara brings a very diverse lineup to our program," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "She can swim any event, and compete in them well. She will add significant depth to our relays in the future. Keeping her in state was a priority for our program, and I am thrilled she has taken the opportunity to do so."
The Lady Tigers have also signed Leah Troskot, Colleen O'Neil, Hannah Martin and Makenna Wilson.
Troskot is a native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada and swam with the La Swim Club. She excels as a sprinter, and owns career best short-course meter marks of 25.92 in the 50 freestyle and 56.12 in the 100 freestlye. In long-course meter competition,Troskot has cranked out career bests of 26.57 in the 50 free, 57.13 in the 100 free and 2:06.30 in the 200 free.
"We look for Leah to continue along the lines of our recent success in the sprint events and to contribute to the strength of our relays," Geyer said. "Canada is an area rich in talent. We are glad to be able to land a recruit from her region of the country."
O'Neil is a native of Weymouth, Mass. and competed with the Weymouth Waves. She boasts career best short-course yard times of 1:03.07 in the 100 breast, 2:16.19 in the 200 breast and 2:01.38 in the 200 IM. Her 100 breast long-course meter best is 1:11.74.
"Colleen will be able to step in right away and enhance our depth in IM and breaststroke," Geyer said. "She had great development this past summer in the 100 breast. We believe she will finish out her high school career even faster."
Martin is a native of Woodstock, Ga. and competed with theChatahoochie Gold Swim Team. She primarily swims the backstroke events, and boasts short-course yard bests of 56.52 in the 100 back and 1:59.69 in the 200 back. In long-course meter events, her career lows in the 100 back and 200 back are 1:05.01 and 2:17.37, respectively.
"Hannah has a great work ethic in the water and in the classroom," Geyer said. "She comes from a great swim program in Georgia. We know she will have a great base of training behind her and will be ready for the collegiate training ahead of her."
Wilson is a native of Parker, Co. and swam with the University of Denver Hilltoppers Swim Club. She also has primarily competed in the backstroke events, with a short-course yard best of 56.72 in the 100 back. In long-course meters, he career bests are 1:04.92 in the 100 back and 2:20.54 in the 200 back.
"Makenna is very excited to be a part of our program," Geyer said. "we are happy that she will have that opportunity to be a student-athlete here. Makenna will help to rebuild depth in our backstroke events."
On the men's side, the Tigers add swimmers Devin McCaffrey, Elliot Dewlen, Logan Rysemus, Garret House, Ryan Cade and Tyler Crosson, and diver Zak Rowton.
Rowton is native of Keller, Texas and competes with the GC Divers. He is coached by Jeff Bro, who is known for producing many of the top divers in the country. Rowton has placed in the top-12 in Junior National Competition four times and has participated in the USA Diving Senior National preliminaries.
"Zak Rowton is a terrific addition to our diving squad," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "He has tremendous talent and potential. He has a very bright future ahead of him. I'm excited to begin working with him."
McCaffrey is a native of Trinity, Fla. and competed with Tampa Bay Community Aquatics. His career best in the 100 fly (48.86)is just shy of the program's all-time top-10 list. His fastest swim in the 100 breast is a time of 56.08.
"Devin just finished out his high school career capturing gold in the 100 fly and silver in the 100 breast," Geyer said. "There is definitely faster swimming ahead of him in college. He will thrive with the specificity of our training here."
Dewlen is a native of The Woodlands, Texas and swam with the Woodlands Swim Team. He will look to become LSU's next great distance swimmer after current senior and two-time NCAA Honorable-Mention All-American Craig Hamilton graduates.Dewlen has registered a short-course yard 500 free career low of 4:32.39. In long-course meter competition, he owns career bests in the 400 free of 4:02.64, the 800 free of 8:14.43 and the 1500 free of 15:45.31.
"Elliot will come in right away and fill a hole for LSU in the distance area," Geyer said. "Elliot came to us highly recommended by Head Coach Tim Bauer at The Woodlands. That program has developed numerous quality distance swimmers that are currently excelling at the NCAA and international level."
Rysemus hails from Tacoma, Wash. and competed with King Aquatics. He swims a variety of strokes and has earned short-course yard career bests of 49.43 in the 100 back, 1:48.69 in the 200 back and 1:50.97 in the 200 IM. In long-course meter competition, he has posted top-times of 57.97 in the 100 back, 2:05.27 in the 200 back, 56.55 in the 100 fly and 4:34.96 in the 400 IM.
"Logan comes from a great program in the Pacific Northwest," Geyer said. "He adds huge diversity for us in a dual meet lineup. He had a tremendous long course season. We look forward to his progress over this winter and spring as well."
House is a native of Trinity, N.C. and competed with Duke Aquatics. He carries short-course yard career lows of 57.45 in the 100 breast and 2:01.94 in the 200 breast. In long-course meter swimming, his fastest 200 breast time is 2:21.31.
"Garrett will help to fill our breaststroke gap that we will be left by our departing senior class," Geyer said. "Physically, Garrett will continue to grow and develop in a college swimming training environment. His fastest swimming is still ahead of him."
Cade is the second North Carolina native in the class and currently resides in Cary. He competed with the Raleigh Swim Association. He has swam short-course yard career lows of 58.16 in the 100 breast, 2:04.19 in the 200 breast and 3:58.12 in the 400 IM. His 400 IM mark would rank him 10th all-time in the program.
"Ryan adds to our depth at breaststroke, but will also step into needed role in the 400 IM as well," Geyer said. "He comes from a rich swimming program whose athletes always seem to get faster in college."
Crosson is a native of Conway, Ark. and swam with TheAquakids, Inc. He currently owns short-course yard bests of 20.96 in the 50 free, 45.85 in the 100 free and 51.06 in the 100 back.
"We look forward to Tyler's development in our sprint program," Geyer said. "Knowing that he was looking for aconstruction management program, LSU was an easy choice for him. We look forward to him excelling as a student athlete here."