Swimming Teams Return to Action Against FAU

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BATON ROUGE -- The LSU men’s and women’s swimming teams will begin the new year with a dual meet versus the Florida Atlantic Owls at 3 p.m. (CT), Friday in Boca Raton, Fla.

Friday’s meet will kick off a busy month of January for the program as the teams enter the second half of their seasons. The competition, which is the first ever dual meet between the two schools, will feature 13 events, but no individual races will exceed the 100-yard format.

“We haven’t prepared this kind of lineup this season, so it should be interesting,” LSU head coach Adam Schmitt said. “We’re really looking forward to a fun event, and this winter competition is a great way for the teams to bond and really get rejuvenated with all of the meets we have upcoming.”

The Florida Atlantic meet will be the first competition for LSU swimming since the teams returned from Texas A&M’s Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, Texas more than a month ago, when eight school records fell and multiple NCAA provisional cuts were posted.

The Lady Tigers (0-2-1) accounted for six of those records, and senior Katherine Noland shattered two school marks with NCAA B’ cut swims in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. The team’s co-captain earned SEC Female Swimmer of the Week honors on Nov. 26 for that performance.

Freshman Morgan McGee was also recognized by the conference following the invite as the Female Freshman of the Week after posting NCAA provisional times in both backstroke events. In addition, fellow freshman Samantha Goates broke LSU’s all-time mark in the 200 back, and teammates Monica McJunkin and Jane Trepp claimed program records in the 100 back and 100 breaststroke, respectively.

The men’s team (1-1) finished second at the Art Adamson Invitational in November. Sophomores Clint Hallum and Luis Gonzalez each recorded NCAA time considerations. Hallum registered a time of 3 minutes, 52.24 seconds in the 400 individual medley, while Gonzalez reached the wall in 15:22.33 in the 1650 freestyle.

Moreover, the 800 freestyle relay group of Andrew Reynolds, Sean LeNeave, Julius Gloeckner and Hallum captured a new LSU all-time mark, 6:30.66, and freshman Ben Decker was named SEC Male Freshman of the Week following a pair of top-five finishes in the breaststroke races.

LSU was also originally scheduled to face Auburn during its stay in the Sunshine State, but Auburn was unable to make the trip after learning that head coach Richard Quick has been diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous brain tumor.

Quick is a six-time United States Olympic coach who has directed 12 teams to NCAA titles. He also coached Schmitt’s wife, Aimee, a former Stanford All-American, during the Cardinal’s national championship season in 1989.

“Richard has been an icon in the swimming world for more than 25 years,” Schmitt said. “He’s made great contributions to swimming at both the Olympic and college levels. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

 

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