Men's Swimming & Diving Wins Hansel Invite
HOUSTON - The No. 20 LSU Swimming and Diving Men's Team (2-1, 1-1 SEC) defeated three other programs and totaled 1047.5 points at the three-day Phil Hansel Invitational in Houston, Texas.
The No. 19 Lady Tigers (5-1, 2-1 SEC) came in fourth place with 450.5 points, and posted multiple NCAA provisional qualifying times in the process.
"We were just talking about this as a staff, it is just the middle part of our season," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "We still have the rest of the season to go on before our conference meet. We are half way through the year, and where we are compared to where we were last year, I think we are in a really good spot. There are some small details that we need to fine tune in some of our races."
The women were competing against Air Force, No. 23 Arkansas, Houston, Florida Gulf Coast, Fresno State, Idaho, New Mexico State, New Mexico, Tulane, No. 4 Texas A&M and Wyoming. The men were competing against SMU, Texas A&M and Wyoming.
In addition, Clemson (men and women), Kansas (women), Nebraska (women), Texas (men and women), TCU (men and women) and UCLA (women) dove at the event.
"We have two more platform opportunities before we head into the SEC Championships," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "We are further ahead than we've ever been at this particular point of the season."
Junior Daniel Helm won the platform event with a score of 369.90, which is the second best-all for the program. Junior Sean McKinney finished in third with the program's fifth best all-time score of 313.85.
Senior Jesse Lyman (290.00) and junior Kevin Leong (288.80) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
"Daniel posted a personal high score and his first platform championship win," Shaffer said. "Sean had a personal best as well. Kevin and Jesse were both on the cusp of doing some things, but didn't put together complete lists. Overall, I am pleased that the efforts that we have put in on platform are showing results. Hopefully that breeds confidence with what we are doing in the pool."
Senior Craig Hamilton won the mile with an NCAA provisional cut time of 15:14.67.
Sophomore Michael Young won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:46.54.
Sophomore Frank Greeff won the men's 200 butterfly with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:46.28. Senior Raymond De Padua finished in third with a time of 1:50.92.
"For the midpoint in the season, those three guys are moving forward really well and excelling in the water," Geyer said. "They are having fun with it. They all have goals. Craig wants to return to NCAA's and get a top-eight finish in the mile. Frank and Michael both want that experience for the first time. They are doing everything they can to get that."
Senior Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez (1:59.20) and freshman Gabe Rooker (2:01.47) finished 1-2 in the 200 breaststroke. Alvarado Jimenez's mark was an NCAA 'B' cut.
On the women's side, freshman Cassie Weil scored a 263.85 on the platform in a second place finish. Her total is fourth best all-time for LSU.
"As a freshman debut in that event, she really did a nice job," Shaffer said. "That event was going on as the swimming was going on, which typically is not what we do in this environment. It was noisy, loud and distracting. She held it together and posted a good result even doing a new dive. We are working on increasing the difficulty in her lists." "
Senior Sara Haley took third in the 200 fly (1:57.80), which is an NCAA B Cut. Senior Audrey Lawson came in sixth with a mark of 2:02.
Senior Jana Ruimerman finished in 10th in the 200 back with an NCAA provisional time of 1:57.33 and only .20 seconds off of her career best. Sophomore Jennifer Reese came in 11th with a mark of 2:00.44.
Freshman Jessie James came in 10th in the mile with a time of 16:53.97. Her mark was the seventh fastest all-time for LSU.
Junior Torrey Bussey finished in 10th in the 200 breast with a mark of 2:16.03.
Sophomore Amber Carter posted a season low 100 free time of 50.19. Her time was the 10th best all-time for LSU.
The women's 400 free relay team of Carter, junior Rainey White, Haley and freshman Danielle Stirrat finished in sixth with a time of 3:23.82.
Over the course of the meet, the men's team won three out of five possible relays. Hamilton, Young and Greeff each added an individual victory in the 500 free, 100 back and 100 fly, respectively. Alvarado Jimenez and Rooker finished in the top-three of both breast events.
Alex Bettridge won the one-meter springboard competition with a score of 305.20. The Austin, Texas native's mark was a career best and bettered her seventh best all-time program score. Bussey, Ruimerman and senior Sally Wood each notched NCAA B cuts during the meet.
For more information on the program, please visit LSUSports.net/fancage. The Diving teams will compete at Auburn on Dec. 17.