Swimming and Diving Graduate Three to Close Out Fall Semester

by Tanner Craft | Communications Student Assistant
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Swimming and Diving Graduate Three to Close Out Fall Semester

BATON ROUGE – LSU swimmers Alexandria Ham and Haylee Knight will join diver Matthew Phillip in graduating from LSU to close out the 2019 Fall Semester. All three will earn their degrees from the College of Human Sciences and Education on Friday, December 20.

Ham, Kennesaw, Georgia native, will graduate with a degree in Sports Administration. Ham has been a solid contributor for the Tigers over her four year career. She currently holds the fifth fastest 200 Back time in school history after swimming a 1:56.25 at the 2019 SEC Championships. She also holds the ninth fastest time in LSU history in the 400-Yard IM with a 4:17.86 from the 2018 SEC Championships. After graduating, Ham will begin graduate school in pursuit of her Master in Sports Management. 

Knight was a force during her career wearing the purple and gold. She holds the fastest 100-Yard Butterfly time in school history with a 51.71 which she swam at the 2019 SEC Championships. She also ranks inside the top-ten in both the 50 and 100-Yard Freestyle. She touched the wall in 22.26 in the 50 Free to propel her to fourth all-time and 47.98 in the 100 Free to move her up to second all-time, both at the 2019 SEC Championships. She was also apart of the 400-Yard Medley Relay team that set the school record at the 2019 SEC Championships with a time of 3:33.10. Knight is graduating with her degree in Sports Administration and will begin her pursuit of earning her Masters’ in Sports Management in the spring.

“I am very happy for both Haylee and Alexandria,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “They both have found success athletically and academically here at LSU. The resources available to them through our Cox Academic Center is second to none and I am thrilled that both of them are continuing their education at the post-graduate level here at LSU.”

Phillip also made his way up LSU’s All-Time list during his years on the boards for the Tigers. He holds the fourth best score on the platform with a 402.70 – which he scored at the 2018 SEC Championships to earn the bronze medal. He also holds the eighth best score in school history on the three-meter springboard. He dove to a score of 386.35 at the 2019 SEC Championships to finish inside the top-eight. Phillip is graduating with a degree in Kinesiology. After graduating, Phillip will head back home to Minnesota where he will begin his search for graduate school, with hopes of finding a grad-assistant job as an assistant diving coach.

“I am proud of Matthew and all of our graduates who have completed their eligibility while earning a degree in their chosen field,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “This is an accomplishment that is noteworthy, unique and will better prepare them for the next chapter in their lives. It has been a pleasure being a part of the process with them.”

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