Women's Swimming to Host Quad Meet at Natatorium

LSU's Sara Haley
LSU's Sara Haley
Steve Franz
Seth Medvin
Seth Medvin

BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Women's Swimming and Diving team (6-2, 3-2 SEC) will host Houston, Rice and Tulane at the LSU Natatorium on Friday and Saturday for the teams' annual quad-meet.

Diving will begin on Friday at 4:30 p.m. (CT) and will be immediately followed by swimming at 5 p.m. The Tigers will celebrate women's Senior Day on Saturday, with festivities beginning at 10:45 a.m. and competition resuming at 11 a.m.

"We're looking at finalizing some of our race strategies and it will be a way for some of our women to get away from their usual events as well," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "When you are in a competitive conference and trying to win dual meets at the same time, sometimes athletes can get burnt out of their main events. We like to mix things up a little bit. There is still fire in the muscles, which is keeping that competitive edge going."

At the Phil Hansel Invitational, LSU finished in fourth place with 450.50 points. Houston came in fifth with a total of 259 and Tulane came in 11th with a total of 66.50. The Lady Tigers also defeated Tulane by a score of 174-69 on Oct. 26 in New Orleans.

"We look forward to this every year as a meet that rounds out our season going into the postseason" Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "On the diving side, it is going to be another opportunity for us to compete on one-meter, three-meter and platform. We need another one of these experiences. The home pool advantage will create an environment that will be exciting."

LSU will bid goodbye to seniors Chelsea Griffiths, Sara Haley, Audrey Lawson, Kaelee Mader, Mikayda Mills, Jana Ruimerman, Elle Schmidt and Sally Wood. Men's senior diver Jesse Lyman will also be honored.

"As far as regular season meets go, the senior meet is by far my favorite," Geyer said. "It is about recognizing and honoring those athletes that have committed so much to not only the program, but the athletic department and the university. I'm sure there will be some emotions involved, and it will be about containing those and reflecting back on what has hopefully been a great four years of experience for them."

The women's class represents a mix of talent in the pool and in the classroom, with NCAA qualifiers, SEC point scorers and SEC Academic Honor Roll recipients among the class.

Haley currently possesses LSU's 200 butterfly record with a time of 1:56.67 and has earned bronze medals at the past two Southeastern Conference Championships. The El Dorado Hills, Calf. native qualified for the NCAA Championships her sophomore and junior seasons.

Haley also boasts the program's record in the 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay, the third best 100 fly (53.17) and sixth best 500 free (4:51.23).

Lawson owns the program's fifth best all-time 200 fly time of 1:59.42. The Erlanger, Ky. native earned her first top-eight finish at the conference championships last season in the 200 fly. Lawson has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for all three seasons and will attend dental school iat the University of Lousiville in the fall.

Mader maintains three all-time top-10 times for the program in the 200 individual medley (2:01.55), 400 individual medley (4:18.54) and the 200 fly (2:01.76). The Houston, Texas native was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll every year she was with the team.

Wood also retains three all-time top-10 times for LSU in the 200 IM (1:59.91), 400 IM (4:14.29) and 200 breaststroke (2:16.66). The Edinburgh, Scotland native has also been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll twice.

Ruimerman earned NCAA Honorable-Mention All-American honors in 2011 and was named to the All-SEC Second Team the same year. She is LSU's record holder in the 400 medley relay and ranks second in the program in the 200 backstroke (1:57.14). Ruimerman also owns top-10 program marks in the 100 back (54.58) and the 400 IM (4:17.57).

Griffiths owns LSU's fifth best all-time 100 back time of 55.13. The Canyon County, Calf. native has registered multiple top-20 finishes at the conference championships in the backstroke events.

Mills will attend law school at BYU next year. The Las Vegas, Nev. native was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in all her seasons in Baton Rouge.

Schmidt was named to All-SEC Freshman team her rookie season and to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times. The Mansfield, Ohio native cranked out three top-16 performances at last year's conference meet.

"Elle has been a terrific representative of LSU athletically and academically," Shaffer said. "She has been a lot of fun to work with. She has always worked hard and been focused on her goals. She has accomplished a lot more than she might have expected coming into college. That is a challenge that she has risen to."

For more information on the LSU Swimming and Diving program, please visit LSUsports.net/fancage.





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