BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Swimming and Diving program will face Texas A&M in College Station on Jan. 19 in the Tigers final Southeastern Conference dual meet.
LSU will use this experience to gain familiarity with Texas A&M's Rec Center Natatorium before next month's SEC Championships.
"Last year we had an opportunity to go to Tennessee at mid-season (the site of last season's SEC Championships)," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "This year we get to College Station, stay at the same hotel, get in routine, check out the locker room and get a feel for the environment before the big meet next month. It is pivotal to get this experience before the meet."
The No. 17 LSU men's team (4-1, 2-1 SEC) is riding a three-meet win streak after victories over Alabama, Kentucky and SMU. Earlier this season at the Phil Hansel Invitational, LSU totaled 1047.50 in victory. Texas A&M (0-4, 0-3 SEC) came in fourth with 513 points.
"For the men, it is the final tune up for SEC's," Geyer said. "It is our last opportunity to get ready for the conference meet. Everything for us is a progression. We are always trying to improve and get faster every time we swim. A&M has always been a great dual meet for us. We are looking forward to continuing that tradition now that they are in our conference."
The Lady Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC) are also in the midst of the a three-meet win streak and will be competing in the second to last meet before the postseason. The No. 5 Aggie women's team (5-1, 2-1 SEC) finished in first place during the Phil Hansel Invitational with a score of 1,284.50. LSU came in fourth with a score of 450.50.
"They have a very strong team on the women's side and a couple of Olympian medalists," Geyer said. "It is going to be a great competition. It is the SEC. It is what we expect. As far as racing in college, this is why we come to school. We want to race against some of the best competitors in the world. This weekend is an opportunity for our women to do this before we head to the conference championships."
In men's diving, both LSU and Texas A&M have divers who rank top-five in the conference on the three-meter. Junior Sean McKinney broke the all-time three-meter record earlier this season with a score of 415.50.
On the women's side, LSU's freshman diver Cassie Weil currently owns the conference highest three-meter score of 372.68.
"This happens to be a very strong SEC opponent, they have a beautiful facility in College Station and they have great coaches," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "We are looking for nothing less than our highest level of competition."
Thus far this season, five men's swimmers and five women's swimmers have posted NCAA provisional marks for LSU.
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