LSU has dismissed senior-to-be Amanda Kendall from its women’s swim team for “a violation of team rules.”
“Our program and university has standards in place for our student athletes to take advantage of in order to have success in the classroom, pool and society,” LSU head coach Dave Geyer said. “It is disappointing when an athlete chooses to not uphold those required standards.”
Kendall is a USA Swimming National Team member and a Pan Ams gold medalist who would have likely made at least two A-Finals at this year’s National Championship meet, but a broken hand just two weeks before the meet kept her home from Auburn.
What’s next for Kendall is yet unknown (we have reached out to her for comment, but as of yet have not received response). She is already on her way out of Baton Rouge, having withdrawn mid-semester, and will presumably return home to train for the Olympic Trials.
Transfering in-conference is out of the questions, as SEC rules state that athletes must have two years of eligibility remaining to transfer within conference. But because of the Olympic year, LSU’s compliance department has applied for an Olympic-year waiver for Kendall that would allow her to withdraw from school mid-semester without establishing a year of residency at the new school. This means that with a transfer to a non-SEC school, she would be eligible to swim next season (presuming that the waiver goes through – which it has not yet).
This was obviously a tough decision for Geyer, but he feels that it sends a message that parents are going to be able to send their kids to him and LSU, and understand that they will be taken care of, and will be in the right environment.
One possible landing spot would be at George Mason, where her former coach Peter Ward is the head coach. Ward was her club coach in high school, and George Mason is in her home town of Fairfax, where she would be able to be in a more familiar environment at home. Speculation as to what has gone on with Kendall at LSU has been widespread, including the “how” she broke her hand on a Saturday night, but without confirmation we won’t elaborate on any of it.
All signs seem to point to her being closer to home as a more positive situation for her.