Position
Freesytle/butterfly
Class
Sophomore
Hometown
Leipzig, Germany
Previous School
East Carolina
High School
Sportsgymnasium Leipzig

LSU Record Holder in the 100 butterfly, 200 Medley Relay and 400 Medley Relay
2009 NCAA Honorable Mention All-American (100 butterfly, 400 FR and 400 MR)
2008 NCAA Honorable Mention All-American (100 butterfly and 200 FR)
2009 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll

CAREER
Prolific swimmer who leaves LSU as the fastest 100-yard butterfly performer in program history … Made arguably the biggest impact of any transfer swimmer in Adam Schmitt’s tenure at LSU after leaving East Carolina in 2006 … Collected five honorable mention All-America honors – two in the 100 fly and three in relays – in his final two seasons … Shattered the school record in the 100 fly four times during his career … Won the consolation final of the100 fly at the NCAA Championships as a junior … LSU’s highest finisher at the 2009 SEC Championships … Ranks ninth all-time at LSU in the 200 fly and 10th in the 100 freestyle … Held the team’s fastest times in the 100 fly in all three of his seasons at LSU … Recognized as the men’s most outstanding swimmer at the program’s annual banquet in both his junior and senior seasons … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll as a junior and senior.

SENIOR SEASON (2008-09)
Enjoyed another stellar season as one of the top 100-yard butterfly swimmers in the nation and a pivotal relay performer for the Tigers … Became the first athlete in school history to swim under 46 seconds in the 100 fly … Earned three more honorable mention All-America accolades at the NCAA Championships … Swam to an 11th-place and All-America finish in the 100 fly at NCAA’s with a time of 46.03 … Shattered his own school record in that race in the prelims with a blistering mark of 45.97 … Spearheaded the 400 medley relay team to a top-16 finish and honorable mention All-America honors with the fastest 100-fly split of the consolation final, 45.38 … Also helped the 400 freestyle team place 16th at NCAA’s with a time of 2:55.39 … Posted a fourth-place finish in the 100 fly at SEC’s for the second consecutive season with a time of 46.03, just three one-hundredths off a medal finish … Played a pivotal role on the men’s third-place 400 medley relay squad at SEC’s, recording a butterfly split of 45.86 … Also reached the consolation finals of the 100 freestyle at the conference meet, finishing 14th with the 10th-fastest time in school history, 44.08 … Swam the third leg of LSU’s third-place 400 freestyle relay team at Texas A&M’s Art Adamson Invitational … Registered a 23rd-place finish in the 100 free at the same competition … Emerged victorious in all but one 100-fly contest he competed in during the dual-meet season … Captured a key victory in the 100 fly in a close win against No. 18 Florida State, outperforming fellow NCAA qualifier Jarryd Botha with a time of 48.65 … Also topped the 100-fly field in victories against No. 24 Kentucky, Alabama, Texas A&M and Florida Atlantic … Recognized as the team’s most outstanding swimmer at the program’s annual banquet … Received SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition.

JUNIOR SEASON (2007-08)
Became the fastest 100-yard butterfly swimmer in school history and emerged as one of the elite fly performers in the country … Captured honorable mention All-America honors in both the 100 fly and 200 freestyle relay events at the NCAA Championships … Shattered the program record in the 100 fly with a clocking of 46.24 at the NCAA’s … Broke his own previous-best of 46.91 set a month earlier at the SEC Championships… Also a member of the All-American 200 freestyle relay squad, which broke the school record at the NCAA prelims (1:18.46) … Played a role in the 400 freestyle relay team’s 19th-place finish at the NCAA’s … Qualified for the NCAA’s in the 100 fly at the SEC’s with an ‘A’ cut qualifying time of 46.91 seconds … His effort overtook Mattias Ohlin’s school-best mark of 47.17 at the time … Also placed fourth in that race, only 0.02 seconds off a medal finish … Swam the third leg of LSU’s third-place 200 freestyle relay team at the conference meet … Topped 62 swimmers to notch the 100-fly title at the Georgia Tech Invitational … Secured first-place in the 100 fly (49.30) in a near upset of the second-ranked Stanford Cardinal … Took first-place honors in the 100 fly versus No. 22 Notre Dame … Recorded a victory in the 100 fly at Alabama … Vital part of nine winning relay teams during the regular season … Named to the 2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll … Received his second varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07)
One of the elite swimmers on the team who made an immediate impact as a transfer … Qualified for the NCAA Championships and competed in every dual meet, the Art Adamson Invitational, the SEC Championships and the Last Chance Bulldog Invitational … Held the fastest time of the year in the 100 fly and ranked second on the squad in the 50 free … Placed 21st in the 100 fly in his NCAA debut (47.54) … Earned a berth to NCAA’s with the fourth-fastest 100 fly time in school history at the Bulldog Invitational (47.38) … Took seventh in the 100 fly championship final at SEC’s (47.99) after posting a time of 47.57 in the prelims … Swam in four relays at SEC’s helping the 400 medley place fifth (3:16.29), the 200 free relay finish fifth (1:20.10), the 400 free relay finish seventh (2:59.52) and the 200 medley take seventh (1:29.83) … Won the 100 free consolation final at the Art Adamson Invite in a season-best 45.99 and took runner-up honors in the 100 fly championship final (48.81) … Recorded four individual wins in dual-meet competition, including a first-place finish in his debut versus No. 2 Stanford … Helped clinch an upset of No. 10 Florida State with a victory in the 200 free relay … Recipient of the team’s Newcomer of the Year award … Earned his first varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06 AT EAST CAROLINA)
Arguably, the most valuable swimmer at East Carolina in his first season … Set the school record in the 100 butterfly (47.96) at the Conference USA Championships … That time ranked as the 10th-best nationally … Also owned the team’s top time in the 200 fly (1:51.92) and was second on the squad in the 50 freestyle (20.70) and 100 free (45.81) … Was a member of all five ‘A’ relay teams … Placed ninth in the 100 fly at the World Championship Trials … A five-time All-Conference USA finisher … Qualified for the U.S. Open.

PRIOR TO LSU
International swimmer at Sport Gymnasium Leipzig … Participated in the 2004 Olympic Trials and the 2003 World Championship Trials … Three-time Senior National qualifier … Coached by Eva Herbst.

PERSONAL
Born June 16, 1984 … Parents are Olaf and Kerstin Lubenau … Has one brother, Julian … Majoring in finance. 

CHRISTOPH’S TOP TIMES
50 freestyle  :20.20  2009 SEC Championships
100 freestyle  :44.08  2009 SEC Championships
100 butterfly   :45.97*  2009 NCAA Championships
200 butterfly  1:49.11  2008 SEC Championships

*- indicates school record

 

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