Swimming & Diving to Cap Season at Annual Banquet
BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Swimming and Diving program will wrap up one of the finest seasons in program history with the team's annual award banquet on Saturday at the University Faculty Club.
The Tigers completed one of the best seasons in program history, and with only six departing seniors, the future appears bright.
"The staff is thrilled to have the team get together to not only recap and celebrate our successes this past season, but to look ahead to the future and potential of this program," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said.
The LSU 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. The men's squad shattered last year's point total of 263.5 with a cumulative mark of 426.
Similarly, the women enjoyed the finest two-year run within the conference since the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons. The women's team notched 347 points.
Freshman diver Alex Bettridge was named SEC Female Freshman Diver of the Year and joined five other teammates on the All-SEC List.
At the women's NCAA Championships, seven Tigers qualified and Bettridge posted two points on the three-meter springboard. Her performance provided the Austin, Texas native with her first All-American Honorable Mention as well. Three freshman, two sophomores, a junior and a senior represented LSU.
On the men's side, Hamilton shattered three team records in the 500 freestyle, 1000 free and 1650 free. The Edinburgh, Scotland native improved his mile time by over seventeen seconds from the previous season.
On the women's side, three team records were broken. Junior swimmer Sara Haley reset the program's 200 butterfly mark and Bettridge claimed the program's three-meter mark.
The Tiger's fall recruiting will add two men and eight women to the program. Seven swimmers and three female divers will join the 2012-13 squad. The class is highlighted by divers Cassie Weil, Allie Alter and Isabelle "Izzy" Choquehuanca and swimmers Sophie Webber, Gabe Rocker, Grant Grenfell, Megan Cox, Jassie James, Caley Oqust and Stacy Stanfield.
Geyer also announced on Wednesday that junior swimmer Amanda Kendall has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules.
"Our program and university has standards in place for our student athletes to take advantage of in order to have success in the classroom, pool and society," Geyer said. "It is disappointing when an athlete chooses to not uphold those required standards."