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LSU's Craig Hamilton
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Men's Swimming & Diving Earns 12 Points at NCAA's
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Published: March 25, 2012, 08:14 AM (CT)
by Seth Medvin, Student Assistant SID

SEATTLE -- Junior swimmer Craig Hamilton and diver Daniel Helm both earned points for the LSU Swimming and Diving men's team in the final day of competition at the NCAA Championships hosted at the Weyerhaeuser King Co. Aquatic Center in Seattle, Wash.

The Tigers finished the meet with 12 points and in 31st place.  The University of California at Berkley repeated as NCAA Champion. Texas, Stanford, Arizona and Michigan rounded out the top five. With the win, California now has captured four of the last five national championships.

Hamilton snagged his second consecutive NCAA All-American Honorable Mention honors in the 1650 free with a 10th place finish. The distance swimmer becomes LSU's first ever repeat NCAA All-American in the mile, cementing his place as one of the top swimmers in the program's history. In the process, Hamilton provided LSU with seven team points.

The Edinburgh, Scotland native reset the program record and posted a lifetime best of 14:45.94 in the mile. His previous career best was 14:58.11, which he set at the SEC Championships.

"To drop over 12 seconds and set the new school record, it was just an incredible swim," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "For him, I think it is a true testament to the training and the sacrifices being made in the pool, and more importantly out of the pool. It is just a maturation process for him, and each year he is getting smarter and smarter as an athlete."

Helm garnered his first career NCAA All-American Honorable Mention with a 12th place finish on the platform. With his top-16 finish, Helm became LSU's 13th NCAA All-American on the platform.

"I am really proud of Daniel's performance at his first NCAA Championships," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "He really persevered and never gave up on his quest for All-American status. In the end, his drive and dedication paid off."

The Beaverton, Ore. native earned 5 points for LSU after his 324.50 six-line total and fourth place finish in the consolation final. He qualified for the consolation final after posting the 16th best mark and a six-dive score of 323.50.

Furthermore, Helm wrapped up his first national championships with a one-meter 22nd place finish (295.00) and a three-meter 24th finish (335.90).

At last year's NCAA meet, Hamilton earned his first NCAA All-American Honorable Mention in a 15th place finish in the 1650 free (15.02.33).

In addition, Hamilton also cranked out the program's fastest 1000 free mark 8:57.90, which was derived from his first 1000 yard split.

Hamilton posted his lifetime best in the 500 free on Thursday. He registered a mark of 4:19.12, which reset the program's lowest mark and placed him in 22nd. Last season, Hamilton finished in 35th in the same event.

The LSU men's squad enjoyed one of the finest seasons in the program's history. The men's team finished the SEC Championships in the top-five in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1998-99 and 1999-00 campaigns. Overall, Hamilton reset three program records.

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Final standings:
1. Cal 535.5
2. Texas 491
3. Stanford  426.5
4. Arizona 396
5. Michigan 271
6. Auburn 254.5
7. Southern Cali 112
8. Florida 157
9. Louisville 156
10. Indiana 140
11. Georgia 106.5
12. Ohio St 106
13. Texas A&M 97
14. UNC 74.5
15. Virginia 65
16. Florida St 61
17. Penn St 56
18. Virginia Tech 55
19. Missouri 46
20. Arizona State 36
21. Kentucky 35
22. Tennessee 34
23. Princeton 33
24. Minnesota 31
25. Alabama 22
26. U of Iowa 20
27. Wisconsin 19
28. Notre Dame 15
29. Duke 13
30. Clemson 12.5
t31. LSU 12
t31. Eastern Mich 12
t31. Michigan St 12
34. Harvard 10
35. Brigham Young 7
t36. Penn 6
t36. Old Dominion 6
38. Brown 4
39. Purdue 2

 

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