Swimming and Diving
LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
Swimming & Diving Gets SEC Test at Auburn
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Published: October 19, 2012, 11:50 AM (CT)
Updated: October 19, 2012, 05:11 PM (CT)
by Seth Medvin, Student Assistant SID

BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Swimming and Diving program will head to Auburn, Ala. on Saturday to take on Auburn in an early season test for both programs.

The diving portion of the meet will begin at 10:30 a.m. (CT) and swimming will begin at 11:15 a.m. Live video and results can be found on AuburnTigers.com.

"It puts us in a situation that when we get to the conference championships, we can look across the lane and say, 'you know what, we've raced these guys and this team before,'" Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "It puts us in more of a comfort zone knowing that we've raced these guys before in a competitive fashion."

The Lady Tigers (2-0, 1-0 SEC) are fresh off of a 181-80 road victory over Vanderbilt. Sophomore Amber Carter paved the way with a pair of victories in the 100 butterfly and the 100 freestyle, and LSU captured 11 of 14 events overall.

The men's team (1-0, 0-0 SEC) will be competing within the conference for the first time this season. NCAA Honorable-Mention All-American senior Craig Hamilton leads a men's swim team that return most of its core.

The men and women's divers will be competing for the first time this season. NCAA Honorable-Mention All-American divers sophomore Alex Bettridge and junior Daniel Helm lead the Tiger divers. Female divers Allie Alter and Cassie Weil will be making their collegiate debuts.

"I'm looking for all of the divers to focus, compete and carry into the meet the terrific work they have done in the early part of the season," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "I expect them to be confident in their approach and fierce in their execution of dives."

Auburn returns four Olympians in Marcelo Chierighini (Brazil), James Disney-May (Great Britain), Megan Fonteno (American Samoa) and Micah Lawrence (USA).

The Auburn men's team (1-0, 1-0 SEC) has captured 16 consecutive SEC Championships and returns seven NCAA All-Americans and seven SEC Champions.

"I think our men are excited to compete. We have not done this for about a month now," Geyer said. "This is SEC competition. This is traveling to Auburn. This is why you sign in the SEC. You want to have this type of competition on the men's side."

The Auburn women's team (1-0, 1-0 SEC) finished fourth at last year's conference championships, one spot ahead of LSU, and returns 11 All-Americans and seven SEC Champions.

Following Auburn's pair of victories over Alabama last week, Geyer believes that this meet will be full of excitement.

"Looking on the women's side you can see that they are already swimming fast. It gives us a great opportunity to see where we are at within the conference in the early season," Geyer said. "There will be a lot of close races on the men's side looking at what they threw down against Alabama last week. If we are sharp we can get some good things going, get some momentum going and throw down some good times at the meet."

A full recap will be available on LSUsports.net following the meet. For social media and behind the scenes action of all of LSU sports, please visit LSUsports.net/fancage.

 

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