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Swimming and Diving Aids in Hurricane Harvey Relief

Chris Heigle
Chris Heigle
Communications Student Assistant

BATON ROUGE—After seeing the destruction that Hurricane Harvey caused to Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast, the LSU swimming and diving team decided to team up to send clothing and shoes to the storm victims.

“When you see what’s going on in Houston, Beaumont, and those Gulf towns, it reminds you particularly of last year and what happened here in the Baton Rouge area,” swimming head coach Dave Geyer said. “It hits home quickly. I accepted my position here before Hurricane Katrina and moved down afterward, so to see some of the aftermath of that, it’s not even a second guess or second thought to send aid.”

When the University of Houston Swimming and Diving team called out for help, Geyer and LSU diving head coach Doug Shaffer gathered and shipped more than 200 towels, 10 pairs of shoes, and 30 sets of warmup gear.

“We know all too well the impact Hurricane Harvey has made on Houston residents and surrounding areas,” Shaffer said. “It's devastating and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all affected. By sending clothing, towels and shoes we hope will put smiles on some faces while fulfilling what we know is an immediate need. We're glad we were able to help.”

LSU and Houston will meet along with Rice and Tulane in the annual quad meet Jan. 26-27, 2018 in the LSU Natatorium.


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