BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU Swimming sophomore Kara Kopcso has been named to the Junior Pan Pacific Championships team after her performance at the Phillips 66 National Championships.
This honor caps off a tremendous year for the Mandeville, La. native. Kopcso qualified individually for NCAA Championships, was named to the SEC All-Freshmen team, and set school records in the 200 butterfly and 800 freestyle relay.
“This is an awesome achievement for Kara,” LSU Swimming head coach Dave Geyer said. “As a staff we thought there was certainly a chance for her to be selected for the team, but with Kara we only spoke about just trying to swim her best at the National Championships.”
Kopcso’s selection to the team is based off her performance in the 200 fly at the Phillips 66 National Championships held this past week in Irvine, California. Kopcso set a career best in the 200 fly (2:11.06) on her way to a second place finish in the ‘C’ final. Kopcso also took first in the ‘C’ final of the 100 fly (59.92) and touched the wall fifth in the ‘C’ final of the 200 IM (2:16.77).
Kopcso will travel to Los Angeles, California on August 24th where the team will assemble prior to departing to Maui, Hawaii for a few days of training before competition starts on the 27th. The team consists of 20 men and 20 women from around the country.
Carter took first in the ‘B’ final of the 100 fly with a time of 59.58. The Houston, Texas native also set a career best in the 50 free (26.37).
Oquist reached the final of the 50 back and 100 back where she finished third and seventh respectively. The Monticello, Minnesota also set a career best in the 200 back (2:18.12).
“We certainly faced some challenges since men's NCAA's with our pool getting a nice little facelift,” Geyer said. “I think the athletes that made the decision to commit this summer here bought into what needed to be done and the obstacles we had.
Rysemus set a career best in the 100 fly with a time of 54.34.
Cox and Weber set career bests in time trials of the 200 free and 100 fly. Cox notched a time of 2:03.84 in the 200 free, while Weber finished the 100 fly in 1:02.71.
“I couldn't be more pleased with their effort and their attitude which represented this program well,” Geyer added. “We had a number of swims that fall below what were the old Olympic Trial cuts and should secure them a spot at that elite meet in 2016.”
The LSU Swimming and Diving team opens up the season Sept. 26 for the annual Purple and Gold Intrasquad Meet. It will be held in the newly renovated LSU Natatorium, and admission is free.
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