Swimming and Diving
LSU senior Timmy Dasinger
Photo by:Tim Little, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
Swimming & Diving to Host Kentucky on Senior Day
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Published: January 04, 2013, 02:27 PM (CT)
by Seth Medvin, Student Assistant SID

BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Swimming teams will host Kentucky and salute the Tiger seniors in their final home meet on Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. (CT) in the LSU Natatorium.

"You have a group of men who stayed committed to this program," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "They were recruited and signed under a different head coach, but they bought into a new coaching staff and philosophy and worked through some coaching changes. They have still developed and gotten faster every year. That is a testament to their commitment and dedication to the university."

The first 100 fans will receive a free LSU Swimming and Diving 'Get Wet' t-shirt and signed posters. In addition, Jambalaya will be served at the conclusion of the meet.

"It is our first meet since right before Thanksgiving, so our training focus has switched to being more speed oriented," Geyer said. "It is going to be interesting to see how we perform after almost two months. It is an early meet. We went with an earlier start because it mimics what we do at the SEC Championships. We have to get up and swim fast early in the morning at the conference meet, so why not set some dual meets up where we are getting up early and trying to race fast?"

The men's squad (2-1, 1-1 SEC) notched a first place finish against three teams and the women's team (5-1, 2-1 SEC) took fourth against 12 teams at the Phil Hansel Invitational in Houston, Texas the last time the teams competed.

Seniors Timmy Dasinger, Raymond DePadua, Craig Hamilton, Nick Kunkel, Andrew Muller, Chris Mericas, Andrei Tuomola and Zack Wepasnick will all be competing at home for the final time.

In each of his three seasons, Hamilton has broken the LSU all-time record in the 500 freestyle (4:19.12), 1000 freestyle (8:57.90) and 1650 freestyle (14:45.14). The Edinburgh, Scotland native is a two-time NCAA Honorable Mention All-American.

Tuomola is a four-time NCAA Honorable Mention All-American after swimming in four top-16 relays at the NCAA Championships his freshman season. He is LSU's record holder in the 200 medley relay and owns the third fastest all-time 100 breaststroke (53.82) and the fourth fastest all-time 50 (19.68).

The divers are competing at the Tennessee Diving Invitational. Day two recap will be available at the conclusion of today's meet. The divers will be competing on platform beginning at 10:30 a.m. (CT) tomorrow morning. Go to Divemeets.com for live results.

LSU Lady Tiger Senior Day will be Jan. 26 in the second day of a quad meet between LSU, Houston, Rice and Tulane.

For more information on the LSU Swimming and Diving program, please visit LSUsports.net/fancage.

 

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