Swimming & Diving Takes on Alabama and Arkansas
BATON ROUGE — The LSU swimming and diving teams will host Alabama and Arkansas on Saturday in a double-dual conference meet at 11 a.m. at the LSU Natatorium.
The meet will feature 28 events and will feature 1 and 3-meter diving competitions for both men and women as well as two heats for every women’s event because of the fact that Arkansas only has a women’s team. The meet will start off with the men’s and women’s 400-yard medley relay and end with the 400-yard freestyle relay for both. Other events of note are the 1000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle.
LSU is coming off of a loss to Tennessee last weekend in Baton Rouge, as the men lost by a score of, 126-101, and the women were defeated, 128-113, as the meet came down to the final event before it was decided. The Lady Tigers are currently 1-2 on the season and 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference while the men hold the same record. Alabama’s men and women are each 1-0 on the season after both defeating the University of Louisiana at Monroe two weeks ago in Monroe. Arkansas is 2-1 overall after beating Houston last Saturday. This will be the Lady Razorbacks first conference meet of the season.
“This is going to be a very tough meet for us, especially for the women,” said LSU head coach Jeff Cavana. “Alabama’s women are as good as Tennessee’s, if not better, so we will have to really swim well against them. “Arkansas is always tough so this is a really big meet, as are all our conference meets.”
Saturday will also mark the return of former LSU diving coach Scott Reich, who left LSU in July after seven seasons to take the post at Arkansas. LSU defeated Arkansas last season, 159-86, and both the men and women lost in dual-meet at Alabama last year.
LSU’s swimmers will next travel to the Nike Cup Invitational Nov. 21-23 in Chapel Hill, N.C., and the divers will compete in the Minnesota Diving Invitational on Nov. 22-24 in Minneapolis, Minn.