BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Swimming and Diving team welcomes back former coach Sam Freas to the LSU Natatorium for the LSU Relays against Oklahoma Baptist Saturday, at 11 a.m.
In just three seasons as LSU’s head coach, Freas combined for a 31-8 record with the women and 26-8 record with the men. Freas also won the 1988 Southeastern Conference Championship, the only one in school history. In his three seasons in Baton Rouge, Freas coached 18 SEC Champions, and two national champions. The LSU men’s team finish of sixth and the women’s finish of 10th are the highest NCAA finishes in LSU Swimming and Diving history.
“It is truly an honor to bring back a distinguished coach to campus that had a great deal of success here with an SEC Championship,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “He also has had success everywhere he goes. He gets athletes to swim fast and it doesn’t matter what level. When the opportunity arose to bring him to campus, it was something that we couldn’t pass up.”
On the diving side, both LSU and Oklahoma Baptist will compete on the 1-meter and 3-meter. The LSU divers well then showcase their platform dives for members of Mike’s Kids Club.
“Any time we have a chance to step on the diving boards and compete it’s beneficial to us,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “We’ll have the men and women with not as high level of competition, but it gives us an opportunity to compete and polish our routines. It’s all in preparation for championships season.”
This meet style is different than the swimmers have seen this year. There will be six different kinds of relays for both the men and women. The meet will finish off with the 500 freestyle individual event.
“Dr. Freas contacted me early in the school year about bringing his team to Baton Rouge,” Geyer said. “He takes his team through a winter adventure. They were down in Florida and now they are coming to Baton Rouge. I think the format of the meet is something different and unique. It gives us an opportunity to see our athletes react. There aren’t many chances to race this year so we have to take advantage of every chance we have.”
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