Divers Split for Winter Break Competitions
Assistant Communications Director
BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Diving team will return to competition this week at the Alabama Diving Invite in Tuscaloosa, Ala., from Dec. 16-18 and USA Winter National Diving Championships in Austin, Texas, from Dec. 17-22.
LSU Diving coach Doug Shaffer will travel with divers Cassie Weil, Alex Bettridge and Sean McKinney to USA Diving Winter Nationals. The divers are invited based on previous marks and this is used to qualify for the FINA World Cup, United States Diving Championships and USA Olympic Trials.
Graduate Assistant Coach Eric Sehn will travel to the Alabama Diving Invite with Katie Lagarde, Kevin Leong and Zakary Rowton. They will compete against Alabama and Auburn in a three-day invitational.
“It’s difficult this time of year coming right after finals,” Shaffer said. “We have our winter invitational season and we are fortunate to have some of our divers invited to USA Winter Diving Championships. The rest of our team will travel to Alabama’s diving invite. It’s a great opportunity to post some quality scores in preparation for Southeastern Conference and NCAA Championships.”
At the USA Diving Winter National Championships, Weil will compete in platform and 3-meter, McKinney will dive in 1-meter and 3-meter, and Bettridge will compete in 1-meter.
For the Alabama Diving Invite, Lagarde, Rowton and Leong will compete in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform events.
The last time out, McKinney and Bettridge captured the 3-meter and 1-meter titles respectively at the Art Adamson Invitational. Weil also won the platform event with 270 points and placed third on the 3-meter. Bettridge was also runner up on the 3-meter and earned third place on platform.
A full recap will be available on lsusports.net at the conclusion of each day. For more information and updates on LSU Swimming and Diving please visit LSUsports.net, ‘like’ us on Facebook at LSU Swimming and Diving or follow us on Twitter @LSUswimdive.
ORDER OF EVENTS
Alabama Diving Invitational
Prelims Women’s 3M and Men’s 1M: 11:00 a.m.
Finals Women’s 3M and Men’s 1M: 6:30 p.m.
Prelims Women’s 1M and Men’s 3M: 11:00 a.m.
Finals Women’s 1M and Men’s 3M: 6:30 p.m.
Platform: 12:00 p.m.
USA Diving Winter Nationals
Men’s 1M and Women’s 1M Semi-final: 10:00 a.m.
Men’s 1M and Women’s 1M Semi-final: 5:30 p.m.
Men’s 3M and Women’s 10M Quarterfinal: 10:00 a.m.
Men’s 3M and Women’s 10M Semi-final: 5:30 p.m.
Women’s 3M Quarterfinal: 10:00 a.m.
Women’s 3M Semi-final: 5:30 p.m.
Men’s 3M Final
Women’s 10M Final
Women’s 3M Final