Swimming, Diving Teams Travel Across the Country
BATON ROUGE — The LSU men’s and women’s swimming teams will compete in the 2002 Nike Cup Invitational from Nov. 21-23 in Chapel Hill, N.C., while the diving teams travel to the Minnesota Diving Invitational set for Friday through Sunday in Minneapolis.
The meet will be hosted by the University of North Carolina and will be held at the Maurice J. Koury Natatorium. The field for the event will be comprised of 11 schools, including Kentucky, North Carolina State, Tennessee’s men’s team and the Michigan women.
The meet will begin on Thursday with preliminaries of five swimming events at 10 a.m. Thursday’s events include the 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard medley relay, 500 and 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley. Friday’s portion of the meet will feature seven events including the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay. The meet will wrap up on Saturday with six events. The finals of each event will begin at 6 p.m. each of the three days.
“This is always a very big meet in our season and we look forward to competing against so many good teams,” said LSU head coach Jeff Cavana. “I am hoping that our swimmers look at this as an opportunity to put up some of their best times of the season and really compete hard.”
The men placed second at the Nike Cup last season while the women finished third. North Carolina claimed wins on both the men’s and women’s side.
The diving team will participate in the Minnesota Diving Invitational Nov. 22-24 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The meet will match LSU against Southeastern Conference foes Tennessee and Auburn. Events held at the meet will be the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform competitions. Preliminaries will be held at Noon on the first two days of the meet and 10 a.m. on Sunday the 24th.
Friday will include the women’s 1-meter prelims and finals as well as the same format for the men’s 3-meter. The women’s 3-meter and men’s 1-meter events will be held on Saturday. The platform will be held for both men and women on Sunday the 24th to complete the meet.
“This is a good, competitive opportunity for our team to go to a meet like this,” said LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer. “Kyle VanArsdall will get to dive in the platform competition against a top field of divers, which will really benefit him.”
VanArsdall is the lone male diver on LSU’s squad this season. Barb Gorst and Jessica Wantz will represent the women.
The LSU men are 1-3 overall this season and 0-3 in the SEC while the women are 2-3 and 1-3 in the conference.
LSU will next face the University of Tampa and the University of Indianapolis on Dec. 16 in Tampa, Fla.