Press Release courtesy of LSU Athletics
The LSU women’s swimming & diving team have a final pre-conference championship tune-up in Houston, Texas over the next two days. The Tigers take on Houston, Rice, and Tulane in a quad meet that will wrap up regular-season competition before the SEC Championships in mid-February. The meet will start on Friday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium on the Houston campus.
In the pool, the women will be looking to solidify what events they will swim at the SEC Championships. This is the final chance for LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer to see his team before the conference postseason, except for a select few who are looking to get healthy.
“Bottom line is while it is certainly disappointing to not take our whole women’s squad right now, we need to do what’s best for individual athletes and make sure they are prepared for our conference championship,” said Geyer. “The only place this may show up is in the final scores on Saturday. The majority of our women are healthy and ready to take advantage of this final tune-up before SEC’s and I am excited to see what they can do at this meet. Traditionally we have had some really great swims at this meet and I think the same potential is there for the women that are attending.”
Junior Summer Spradley will be competing later today, and is coming off a personal-record time of 2:14.69 in the 200 breaststroke against Texas A&M, which was also the 7th fastest time in program history.
The diving team will use this meet as the final opportunity to fine-tune their craft before the postseason.
“It’s all a building process as we go through the season,” said LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer. “This quad meet is our last competition before the SEC Championships, so it’s another opportunity to “train the process,” so to speak. This environment will mirror what we do at the SEC’s and NCAA Championships. It’s another building block for us.”
Junior Lizzie Cui has swept the last two dual meets, including a three-meter performance against Georgia that was just .15 points off a season-high score.
“We’re making progress to peak at the right time,” said Shaffer. “We’ve had some injuries and adversity to deal with, but I’m confident that we’re moving past that.”
Fans looking to follow the meet can find live results on the Meet Mobile app.
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Order of events:
January 26, 2018
400 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay
January 27, 2018
200 Medley Relay
400 Free Relay