INDIANAPOLIS, IND.— Senior Craig Hamilton became LSU’s first NCAA First-Team All-American in the mile as LSU Swimming and Diving finished 26th with 24 team points at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
“Three seniors finished out their career’s here and are leaving with seven individual school records from their time at LSU,” Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. “This was a great finish to our season. Obviously, you want to see a best time at the end for Craig, but he did what he needed to do for an All-American finish.”
The Tigers finished 26th for the second time in three years after placing in the same position in 2011. Michigan won the national title with 480 points.
All three of LSU’s individual swimming qualifiers scored points at the meet.
Hamilton picked up LSU’s first NCAA First-Team All-American honor since Julius Gloeckner picked up the same award in the 400 individual medley in 2007. Hamilton finished seventh in the 1650 freestyle with a season low swim of 14:49.12 and scored 12 team points.
Over the course of his career at LSU, Hamilton swam the 10 fastest mile times in LSU history and owns the program with a time of 14:45.94. The Edingburgh, Scotland native steadily improved in the event each year, beginning with a last place finish at NCAA’s his freshman year and ending with three straight top-16 finishes.
Sophomore Frank Greeff earned his first career NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honor and became LSU’s third All-American in the 200 butterfly. Greeff lowered LSU’s record in the event with a time of 1:44.06, which placed him 12th and gave him five team points. In prelims, Greeff temporarily broke the record with a swim of 1:44.11.
“Great performance by Frank,” Geyer said “He put himself in a situation to race at night and just missed getting sub 1:44. He knew that he was racing for points for us and really stepped up.”
Junior diver Sean McKinney was edged out of the top-16 on the platform by a tenth of a point and finished his run in 17th with LSU’s fifth best all-time score 318.10. McKinney finished 18th on the three-meter with a total of 343.60 during the second day of competition.
“My heart goes out for Sean because he did everything right all year long and worked really hard,” Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. “He was dedicated, he was determined and he was focused on his goals. He worked really hard to attain his goals. He accomplished the team record on the three-meter springboard (415.50), finished in the top-eight at SEC’s and qualified for the national championships.”
“To place in the top 20 at this elite of an event is a great accomplishment. At the end of the day, when Sean steps back from this, he is going to recognize that he had a great year.”
Senior Andrei Tuomola posted a 100 free time of 43.32, which was .10 off of his program record time, to take 23rd in the event.
During the first two days of competition, Tuomola fired off his second team record of the meet with a 100 breast mark of 52.76 in the prelims, which was good for 10th in the prelims and made him the first LSU Tiger to break the 53 second barrier in the event. Tuomola posted a mark of 53.22 to take fourth in the consolation final, finishing 12th overall.
In the process, Tuomola, who finished 15th in the 50 free with a program record time of 19.53, scored seven team points and earned two individual NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors and the fifth and sixth honor of this kind for his career. In addition, Tuomola became LSU’s sixth All-American in the 100 breast and sixth All-American in the 50 free.
Over the course of the meet, LSU relays finished in the top-21 in four events. Senior Nick Kunkel, junior Michael Saco, sophomore Michael Young and freshman Gabe Rooker joined the individual qualifiers on relays.
LSU records set at the NCAA Championships:
Andrei Tuomola- 50 freestyle (19.53)
Andrei Tuomola- 100 breaststroke (52.76)
Frank Greeff- 200 butterfly (1:44.06)