Position
Distance Free/backstroke/individual Medley
Height
6'1
Class
Senior
Hometown
Metairie, La.
High School
East Jefferson HS

2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2009 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2007 SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll

CAREER (2006-10)
A distance-freestyle and backstroke contributor … Earned SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition in every season.

SENIOR SEASON (2009-10)
Added depth to the distance freestyle and backstroke corps … Competed in six dual meets and the Cougar Classic Fall Invitational … Won the consolation final of the 400 individual medley to take ninth overall at the Cougar Classic (4:09.73) … Also posted a 14th-place finish in the 500 free … Swam to a runner-up finish and personal best in the 200 back (1:51.45) against UNO and placed second in 400 I.M. (4:05.22) … Also registered third in the 200 free versus the Privateers (1:43.09) … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the fourth-straight season … Earned his fourth varsity letter.

JUNIOR SEASON (2008-09)
Contributed in distance freestyle, backstroke and individual medley events … Competed in every dual meet, Texas A&M’s Art Adamson Invitational and the SEC Championships … Swam times of 4:39.34 and 16:27.00 in the 500 and 1650 free, respectively, at SEC’s … Posted a pair of personal bests at the Art Adamson Invitational … Swam to a 12th-place finish in the 200 backstroke with a personal best of 1:51.66 … Placed 14th in the mile race with a personal best of 16:01.98 … Emerged victorious in the ‘C’ final of the 400 I.M. (17th overall), touching the wall in 4:00.66 … Registered a career-best time of 9:34.62 in the 1000 free against UNO at the LSU Invitational … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Earned his third varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007-08)
Competed in distance freestyle and backstroke races … Participated in every dual meet, the Georgia Tech Invitational and the SEC Championships … Tallied season-best marks in the 500 free (4:41.85) and 1650 free (16:27.78) at SEC’s … Seized the 1000-free title versus Delta State with a career-best clocking of 9:50.02 … Captured third in the 200 back at the same meet … Registered a fourth-place finish in the 1000 free in a dual-meet victory over the eighteenth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Earned his second varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2006-07)
One of the top freshmen standouts on the team who contributed significantly in distance freestyle and backstroke events … Competed in every dual meet, the Art Adamson Invitational and the SEC Championships … Highest finish was 17th place in the 1650 free at SEC’s (16:23.52) … That time registered as the second-fastest mark by any LSU swimmer all season … Placed 24th in the 500 free (4:37.48) and finished 22nd in the 200 back (1:54.32) at SEC’s … Qualified for the 100 back consolation final at the Art Adamson Invite and finished 16th overall (54.08) … Earned SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll recognition … Received his first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
Earned four letters in swimming and three letters in cross country at East Jefferson High School … Won the Division II state championship in the 200 and 500 freestyle as a senior … Also captured the 500 free state title in 2004-05 … An all-state selection that went undefeated in high school district meets all four years … Swam for the Crescent City Swim Club … A team captain and honor graduate … Member of the National Honor Society … Coached by Mike Falatti.

PERSONAL
Born May 6, 1988 in New Orleans, La. … Parents are Rick and Orlene Rykosky … Has two sisters, Arlie and Breane and one brother, Dylon … Majoring in finance.

LUC’S TOP TIMES
500 freestyle, 4:37.48, 2007 SEC Championships
1000 freestyle, 9:34.62, 2009 vs. UNO
1650 freestyle, 16:01.98 2008 Art Adamson Invitational
100 backstroke, 54.08, 2006 Art Adamson Invitational
200 backstroke, 1:51.45, 2010 vs. UNO

 

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