Swimming Sends Five to Last Chance Meet
BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Swimming and Diving program will send five athletes to Athens, Georgia for one last crack at qualifying for the NCAA Championships at the Last Chance Meet.
"It can be as simple as dropping two-hundredths of a second," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "The neat thing about this meet is that it is the complete opposite atmosphere than what we were just in at the SEC Championships. It is a laid back format, is very relaxed and they are not pressuring the timeline. There is not multiple heats of things."
The meet will take place Saturday and Sunday. Typically, the NCAA selects 19-23 men and 26-30 women to participate in the national championships.
Sophomore Torrey Bussey (200 individual medley), sophomore Ricardo Alvarado Jiminez (200 breaststroke), junior Andrei Tuomola (50 freestyle), Frank Greeff (200 butterfly) and junior Sean Roddy (100 breaststroke) will represent LSU at the meet.
"Right now with the conclusion of conference meets, I have Torrey around 26th," Geyer said. "She is right on the bubble there."
Bussey finished eighth in the 200 IM at SEC's with a season low of 1:59.77.
Tuomola grabbed first in the consolation final of the 50 free with a season low mark of 19.75. He also earned a bronze medal in the 100 breaststroke.
Alvarado Jiminez nailed a fifth place finish in the 100 breast with a career low time of 53.91, which placed him in fourth in the program's history. He also finished fifth in the 200 breast with the program's second fastest time of 1:56.98.
Roddy cranked a season low mark of 54.26 in a seventh place swim in the 100 breast. He also moved into fifth in the program's records in the 200 breast with a time of 1:56.98.
Greeff, the lone freshman attending the meet, captured a bronze medal in the 200 fly with the program's second fastest mark (1:45.03)
The women's NCAA Championships will take place March 15-17 at the Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. The men's NCAA Championships will take place March 22-24 at the Weyerhaeuser King Co. Aquatic Center in Seattle, Wash.