Swimming & Diving Opens Home Schedule Friday
BATON ROUGE — The LSU swimming and diving team will open its home schedule versus Wright State on Friday at 3p.m. at the LSU Natatorium.
The Tigers opened the season last week at Florida as both the men and women losing to the nationally-ranked Gator squads in Gainesville, Fla. The men lost, 129-95, while the women lost by a score of, 140-96. Friday’s meet will be LSU’s seventh all-time against the Raiders, and they have a perfect 6-0 mark against them including 30-plus point victories for both the men and women a year ago in Dayton, Ohio.
Friday’s meet will include 24 events and will feature 1 and 3-meter diving competitions as well as the 200-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay on both the men’s and women’s side. Other events of note are the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard individual medley.
LSU did fair well in several events last week at Florida, including having the top four finishers in the women’s 200-yard breaststroke and had the top three finishers in both the women’s 500 free and 200-yard backstroke.
Senior Kyle VanArdsall won the 3-meter diving competition and placed third in the 1-meter.
“We want to race and swim a little better than we did last week at Florida,” said LSU head coach Jeff Cavana. “Basically, we know we can swim better than we did so that is what we want to accomplish.”
Friday will also be a special day for the entire swimming and diving program as over 90 former athletes will hold a special reunion all weekend, highlighted by an alumni meet that will take place after the meet versus Wright State at the LSU Natatorium. Several past All-Americans, former coaches and recent graduates will participate.
“We are very excited about having such a large number of alumni in town for this special weekend,” said Cavana. “It is going to be a great time and we expect to have a good number here.”
Two former Olympians will be present this weekend. One is Neil Harper (1985-88), the current head coach at Florida State, and Sion Brinn, who is the assistant coach for Wright State.