Swimming & Diving to Open SEC Championships

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Brandon Berrio
Brandon Berrio
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The LSU Swimming and Diving team is set for the 2014 Southeastern Conference Championships Feb. 18-22 at the University of Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium.

The SEC Championships begin with prelims every morning at 9 a.m. (CT). Finals for the swimming events will begin at 5 p.m. (CT) each day.

Live results and video links can be found on LSUSports.net's Swimming and Diving schedule page. The SEC Swimming and Diving Championships will air live on ESPN3.com on Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. (CT). Georgiadogs.com will have live streams of the finals on Tuesday through Thursday as well as live results throughout competition.

ESPNU will air a 90-minute highlight show for the men and women. The men’s show will air March 3 at 3 p.m. (CT) and the women’s show will air March 4 at 4:30 p.m. (CT).

“There’s no doubt we are ready and excited to compete at SEC’s,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “It’s all about fulfilling the process and it’s just another step. We have to rely on the process and go out and compete. It’s all about taking one dive at a time. If we do that, then we’ll be successful.”

“It’s going to be a long week and there is no way to replicate it,” Geyer said. “There is no other meet like this in the country. We’ll see that on Tuesday when the relays kick off. The environment on the pool deck and in the stands is truly unlike any other.”

Last season, the men finished sixth with a point total of 753.5. Eleven Tiger swimmers and divers return to SEC Championships this year.

Familiar faces in senior Sean McKinney and junior Frank Greeff are favorites to put up top times and scores. McKinney broke the LSU record on three-meter against Oklahoma Baptist with a mark of 425.70. The Springfield, Va. native has five wins on the year including a three-meter springboard win at the Texas A&M Invite. At last year’s championships, McKinney just missed the podium on three-meter for a fourth place finish.

Greeff is the captain of the men’s side. The South Africa native set a personal best in the 200 IM at the Texas A&M Invite this season. At the 2013 SEC Championships, Greeff finished seventh in the 200 fly, 13th in the 100 fly and 19th in the 200 fly.

Newcomer Brandon Goldman shined in the backstroke and individual medley events this season. Goldman notched a time in the 400 IM at the Texas A&M Invite that is the 10th fastest time in LSU history. Goldman also finished sixth in the 100 back and fifth in the 200 back for NCAA “B” cuts.

The Lady Tigers finished seventh at the 2014 SEC championships with a point total of 494.13 members of the women’s return to the conference championships. This year’s team is ranked 25th in the country by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA)

Divers Alex Bettridge and Cassie Weil shined at last year’s conference championships. Bettridge earned a fourth place finish on one-meter with a final score of 301.85. Weil placed fifth on 3-meter (327.70) and sixth on 1-meter (271.85). This season, Bettridge recorded the program record on 1-meter with a score of 336.07. Weil scored the second highest platform score at the Georgia Diving Invite, the home of the 2014 SEC Championships.

Newcomers Colleen O'Neil and Kara Kopcso have shined in their first season. O’Neil already owns three times that are top-10 in LSU Swimming history. All three times were swam at the Texas A&M Invite in the 100 breast (1:02.63), 200 breast (2:14.66) and 200 IM (1:59.19).

Sophomore Danielle Stirrat set a program record in the 200 backstroke at last year’s SEC Championships. This year, Stirrat set a personal best in the 200 freestyle with a mark of 1:47.11 for the third-fastest time in LSU history.

“We’re going to go out and do our best,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “The men and women know what they need to do as a team and individuals to perform at their highest levels. There’s some tough competition, but we expect to see personal bests. We really need to celebrate everything that we do because we’re going to have some great swims. ”

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.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, February 18
200 medley relay (Prelims)- 9 a.m.
800 medley relay (Prelims)
Women’s 1-meter (Prelims)-10 a.m.
Men’s 3-meter (Prelims)- 1 p.m.

Women’s 1-meter (Finals)- 4:30 p.m.
200 medley relay (Finals)- 5 p.m.
Men’s 3-meter (Finals)
800 Freestyle relay (Finals)

Wednesday, February 19
500 freestyle (Prelims)- 9 a.m.
200 IM (Prelims)
50 free (Prelims)
Men’s 1-meter (Prelims) 12 p.m.

500 freestyle (Finals)- 5 p.m.
200 IM (Finals)
50 Free (Finals)
Men’s 1-meter (Finals)
200 Freestyle Relay (Finals)

Thursday, February 20
400 IM (Prelims)- 9 a.m.
100 Butterfly (Prelims)
200 Freestyle (Prelims)
Women’s 3-meter (Prelims)- 12 p.m.

400 IM (Finals)- 5 p.m.
100 Butterfly (Finals)
Women’s 3- meter (Final)
200 Freestyle (Finals)

Friday, February 21
200 Butterfly (Prelims)- 9 a.m.
100 Backstroke (Prelims
100 Breaststroke (Prelims)
Men’s Platform (Prelims)- 12 p.m.

200 Butterfly (Finals)- 5 p.m.
100 Backstroke (Finals)
100 Breaststroke (Finals)
Men’s Platform (Final)
400 Medley Relay (Finals)

Saturday, February 22
100 Freestyle (Prelims)- 9 a.m.
200 Backstroke (Prelims)
200 Breaststroke (Prelims)
Women’s Platform (Prelims)- 12 p.m.

1650 Freestyle (Finals)- 5 p.m.
100 Freestyle (Final)
200 Backstroke (Final)
200 Breaststroke (Final)
Women’s Platform (Final)

*All times listed in CT.




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