BATON ROUGE – The LSU Swimming and Diving teams will face Texas A&M Saturday at 1 p.m. at the LSU Natatorium in the final SEC dual meet of the season.
LSU celebrates the careers of seven members of the women’s team and five from the men’s team. These exemplary student-athletes form a class of LSU record holders, SEC academic honor roll members, NCAA Qualifiers, and SEC finalists.
“Senior meets are always really tough for the coaches and student-athletes,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “At the beginning you have a little emotion going on with that. It’s all about going out there and controlling those emotions and most importantly competing hard.”
The Lady Tigers will face tough competition when they welcome the No. 2 ranked Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team. The women are 6-0-1 on the year and also took first with a total score of 1356.50 in the Art Adamson Invitational. The Lady Tigers finished third in the same meet with a final score of 649.
“The A&M women are really good and they have multiple Olympians on their team. We know they are going to be fast and ready to go,” Geyer said.
The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team also finished first at the Art Adamson Invitational. The Aggies finished with 1114.50 points while the Tigers came in second with a strong total of 851.50.
“On the men’s side, those have been some of the most entertaining and closest dual meets every single season. We enjoy racing each other and I expect both teams to compete at a high level on Saturday,” Geyer said.
On the diving side, SEC Male Diver of the Week, Sean McKinney’s score of 425.70 on 3-meter is an LSU record and second this year in the Southeastern Conference. Cassie Weil’s score of 366.45 on 3-meter is third in the SEC this year.
Alex Bettridge’s program record score of 336.07 on 1-meter is the best in the SEC. Kevin Leong recorded a mark of 384.15 last week on 1-meter for the second highest score in program history. McKinney’s score of 382.88 against Auburn is the fourth highest score in the SEC this year.
“The Texas A&M meet will be a dogfight in the pool and in the diving well,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “Their women’s team is obviously highly ranked. They just tied Georgia so they are going to come in ready to go. We are looking forward to a good meet. As I’ve said all year, it’s a stepping stone for conference championships, zone championships and NCAA Championships.”
Saturday’s meet will include senior day festivities before the meet. Also, the first 300 tiger fans will receive “Bite Down” themed t-shirts. T-shirt vouchers will be distributed as fans enter the natatorium. The shirts will be available during the first diving break.
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