Seven Lady Tigers Qualify for NCAA S&D Meet

by Brandon Berrio
Seven Lady Tigers Qualify for NCAA S&D Meet

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lady Tiger swimmers Amber Carter, Kara Kopcso and Caley Oquist have qualified individually for the 2014 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minn.

“We waited patiently for the release to come out, and we knew Amber was going to be right on the bubble,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “The job for her is to really focus in the next two weeks to swim faster.”

Along with the three individual qualifiers, Megan Cox, Taryn MacKenzie, Danielle Stirrat and Leah Troskot will also represent LSU in the 800-freestyle relay, 400-medley relay and 200-medley relay.

This season, Oquist and Kopcso combined to set three school records. Oquist broke the 100 (52.67) and 200 backstroke (1:54.87) at the 2014 Southeastern Conference Championships and Kopcso set the record in the 200 butterfly (1:56.12) in the dual meet against Texas A&M.

Junior and women’s team captain Amber Carter owns three top-10 LSU Swimming times.

Two of the women’s relay teams set school records at the 2014 SEC Championships. Stirrat, Cox and Kopcso were a part of the 800-freestyle relay while Oquist, Carter and Troskot were a part of the 400-medley relay.

“Having a third qualifier brings a deeper team and creates a great team environment,” Geyer said. “The more individual qualifiers we have the better shot we have of scoring. Seven is great, but we hope to add two more next week after Diving Zone Regionals.

The Lady Tiger divers will also look to punch their ticket to NCAA Championships March 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minn. at Zone Regionals.

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