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Matthew Schaefer
Position: Distance Freestyle
Height: 6'1"
Class: Senior
Experience: 4 Letters
City/State: Glenshaw, Pa.
High School: Shaler Area HS
Major: Kinesiology
Born: 08/28/1992
Matthew Schaefer Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 07/09/2015

Two-Time SEC Academic Honor Roll Member

SENIOR SEASON (2014-15)
Wrapped up his career with two times on LSU’s Top 10 list ... Finished 22nd in the mile at SEC Championships ... Finished sixth in the 500 free at the Texas A&M Invite ... Also finished fourth in the ‘D’ final of the 200 free at midseason ... Touched the wall ninth in the 500 and 1000 free against Auburn and Alabama ... Helped LSU defeat Incarnate Word with a fourth-place finish in the 1000 free ... In the win over SMU, finished third in the 1000 free and fifth in the 500 free ... Finished fourth in the 1000 free at senior day against Tennessee ... Wrapped up the regular season by finishing third in the 1000 free and fifth in the 500 free ... Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Earned his fourth varsity letter.

JUNIOR SEASON (2013-14)
Distance specialist who made significant strides during his junior year ... Swam the fifth-fastest mile (15:28.71) and 1000 freestyle split (9:17.83) in program history en route to a 20th place finish at the SEC Championships ... Also notched the 10th-fastest 500 freestyle (4:28.30) at the SEC’s ... Finished 21st at the Texas A&M Invite in the 500 free with a mark of 4:39.10 ... In the 1650 free at the A&M Invite, finished 11th overall in 16:09.40 ... Against SMU, touched the wall second in the 1000 free (9:34.50) ... Also finished fourth in the 500 free with a mark of 4:44.46 versus the Mustangs ... Earned his third varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012-13)
Distance swimmer who is looking forward to his junior year after making his Southeastern Conference Championships debut ... Ranked second on the team in the 500 freestyle (4:30.36) and in the mile (15:37.42) after swimming his season lows at the SEC Championships ... Swam to 27th in the mile at SEC’s ... Clocked in his fastest regular season mile time in a home win over Kentucky ... Took third in the 1000 free (9:35.26) and fifth in the 500 free (4:41.99) in a dual with Texas A&M ... Finished second in the 1000 free (9:43.88) and third in the 500 free (4:46.16) in a road win over SMU ... Grabbed 10th in the mile (16:29.66) at the Phil Hansel Invitational ... Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Earned his second varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2011-12)
Emerged as the team’s second best distance swimmer in his rookie campaign ... Competed in the Tennessee Invitational and every dual meet ... Swam the ninth fastest mile in a career best swim of 16:02.33 at the Tennessee Invitational ... Made the ‘B’ Final on the 500 free and swam a time of 4:43.89 at the Tennessee Invitational ... Posted career low 500 free (4:35.06) and 1000 free (9:25.08) times against Texas A&M ... Scored an essential point in the 1000 free (9:40.72) in a two-point victory over Alabama ... Earned his first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
Dynamic distance freestyle swimmer who holds multiple age group club records at Pine-Richland Aquatics in Gibsonia, Pa. ... A Junior National qualifier who holds lifetime bests of 15:39.80 in the 1650 free, 4:33.10 in the 500 free and 1:42.62 in the 200 free.

PERSONAL
Born Aug. 28, 1992, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ... Parents are John and Melissa Schaefer ... Has three siblings - Caitlin, Patrick and Emily ... Majoring in kinesiology with a concentration in human movement.

SCHAEFER’S TOP TIMES
500 freestyle, 4:28.30, 2014 SEC Championships
1000 freestyle, 9:17.83, 2014 SEC Championships
1650 freestyle, 15:28.71, 2014 SEC Championships

SCHAEFER’S TOP 2014-15 TIMES
500 freestyle, 4:30.64, SEC Championships
1000 freestyle, 9:23.92, SEC Championships
1650 freestyle, 15:32.32, SEC Championships

 

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