LSU Gold

Kannon Betzen Season 2023-24

Breaststroke/individual Medley/freestyle
Hobbs, N.M.
High School
Hobbs HS

2011 NCAA Honorable Mention All-American
LSU Record-holder in the 200 and 800 freestyle relays
2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2009 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2009-10 Team Co-Captain

CAREER (2007-11)
Versatile swimmer who earned honorable mention All-America honors as a member of the 200 free relay her senior season … Concluded her collegiate career as a member of two LSU record-breaking relays and ranked third all-time in the 100 breast, fifth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 200 breast … Served as a team co-captain in her junior season.

Earned All-America honors for the first time in her career as a member of the Lady Tigers’ 200 freestyle relay … Helped the relay earn 10th at NCAA’s in addition to placing 55th in the 200 IM and 46th in the 100 breast … Part of LSU’s bronze medal 200 free relay at the SEC Championships, which broke the school record (1:28.98) to qualify for NCAA’s … Also played a role on LSU’s record-breaking 800 free relay (7:12.73), which finished fifth … Reached the consolation final of the 100 breast at SEC’s, tying for 14th (1:02.23) … Took 24th in the 200 IM (2:01.86) and 28th in the 200 breast (2:21.48) … Raced to top-four finishes in all three of her events at the Cougar Classic Invitational … Swam to runner-up honors in the 200 IM with a career-best 2:01.67 clocking, fifth in school history … Recorded a season best of 2:16.88 in the 200 breast to finish fourth … Captured third in the 100 breast (1:02.50) … Emerged victorious in the 100 breast on Senior Day against Incarnate Word … Won the 500 free in a road victory at Tulane … Registered runner-up honors six times in dual-meet competition … Received her fourth varsity letter.

One of the Lady Tigers’ top breaststroke and individual medley performers who also served as a team co-captain … Led the squad in the 200 breast and was second on the team in the 100 breast and 200 I.M. … Competed in every dual meet, Houston’s Cougar Classic Fall Invitational, SEC Championships and Bulldog Last Chance Meet … Recorded top-16 finishes in both breaststroke events at SEC’s … Posted a 14th-place finish in the 100 breast (1:02.50) … Finished 16th in the 200 breast (2:23.15) after qualifying with a team season-best of 2:18.30 … Placed 22nd in the 200 I.M. with a season best of 2:03.11 … Also anchored the women’s program record-breaking 800 freestyle relay squad, which finished fourth (7:14.54) … Swam to a season best of 1:02.03 in the 100 breast to take runner-up honors at the Bulldog Last Chance Meet … Notched fourth in the 100 breast at the Cougar Classic (1:03.24) and won the consolation final of the 200 breast (2:22.54) … Also claimed 10th in the 200 I.M. (2:04.01) at that competition … Earned five victories during the dual-meet season … Won the 100 free in a win over Tulane with a season best of 51.10 and also finished on top in the 200 free (1:52.90) … Captured first-place in the 200 breast against nationally-ranked Auburn and UNO … Also seized the victory in the 100 breast against the Lady Privateers … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Received her third varsity letter.

Competed in the 2009 U.S. Open Swimming Championships, reaching the ‘B’ final of the 100m breaststroke … Claimed 15th overall with a lifetime best of 1:10.46 … Also placed 33rd in the 200 I.M. with a time of 2:19.87 and 36th in the 200 breast (2:37.41).

Emerged as one of the Lady Tigers’ top performers down the stretch … Held the team’s fastest mark in the 200 breaststroke and ranked second in the 100 breaststroke … Tallied points for the squad in both breaststroke races at the SEC Championships … Registered a 14th-place finish in the 100 breast with the second-fastest time in program annals, 1:01.76 … Placed 16th overall in the 200 breast (2:17.97) … Qualified for the ‘B’ final of that event with a lifetime best of 2:16.39, fourth-fastest all-time at LSU … Finished 27th in the 200 I.M. with a personal best of 2:02.71, also ranked fourth in school history … Swam the breaststroke leg in the 400 medley relay, helping the team take fifth overall … Won the consolation final of the 100 breast (1:03.78) at the Art Adamson Invitational … Took 12th in the 200 breast at that invite with a mark of 2:21.37 … Claimed first-place in both the 100 breast and 200 I.M. at the LSU Invitational … Recorded a runner-up finish in the 200 I.M. at No. 8 Texas A&M … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Earned her second varsity letter.

Proved to be one of LSU’s most versatile swimmers in her first year … Played a pivotal role on the then-record-breaking 400 medley relay team at the Georgia Tech Invitational … The squad recorded a time of 3:43.58 to shatter the previous best set by the same team against Georgia a month earlier … Finished the season with two top-10 all-time marks in Lady Tigers’ history … Registered the third-best 100-breaststroke time (1:03.32) in program annals at the SEC Championships … Helped the 800 freestyle relay team take eighth at SEC’s … Captured third in the 100 breaststroke and took fifth in the 200 I.M. at the Georgia Tech Invite … Tallied victories in the 100 breaststroke and 200 I.M. against Houston and Rice … Swam a time of 2:03.79 in the 200 I.M. to emerge victorious versus No. 20 Florida State … Her mark against the Seminoles was the seventh-best 200 I.M. time in school history … Won both the 100 breaststroke and 200 I.M. versus Notre Dame … Captured seven individual titles and eight runner-up honors during the dual-meet season … Voted one of the team’s top newcomers at the annual banquet … Earned her first varsity letter.

One of the top breaststroke swimmers in the nation and a five-time letterwinner at Hobbs High School … A three-time high school state champion in the 100 breaststroke and a two-time state title-holder in the 200 individual medley … Earned All-America honors twice in the 100 breaststroke and 200 I.M. … Brings in career-best times of 1:04.51 and 2:22.70 in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, respectively … Broke records in all events 50 times and posted one state high school record … Qualified for the state championships in every year of her career … Maintained a 4.0 grade point average and was a two-time U.S. Swimming Scholastic All-American … Teammates with fellow LSU swimmer Eric Zeller.

Born March 9, 1989 in Roswell, N.M. … Parents are Ray and Diedra Betzen … Has two older sisters, Raeann and Adrienne … Majoring in biological sciences.

100 freestyle, 50.75, 2011 vs. Houston, Tulane and Rice
200 freestyle, 1:51.37, 2010 Cougar Classic Invitational
100 breaststroke, 1:01.76, 2009 SEC Championships
200 breaststroke, 2:16.39, 2009 SEC Championships
200 individual medley, 2:01.67, 2010 Cougar Classic Invitational


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