Position
Individual Medley/breaststroke
Class
Sophomore
Hometown
Houma, La.
Previous School
Tulane
High School
Vandebilt Catholic HS

2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll

CAREER
Proved to be a solid performer in breaststroke and individual medley races and relays after transferring from Tulane in 2006 … Concluded her career with school top-10 marks in both breaststroke races and the 200 IM … Ranks fifth all-time in program history in the 100 breast … Also holds LSU’s eighth-fastest time in the 200 breast and 10th-fastest in the 200 IM … Finished her junior campaign with the team’s fastest 100-breast time on the year … Also a standout in the classroom who helped the women’s team earn CSCAA Academic All-America honors as a senior with a team-leading 3.824 grade point average in biological sciences during the Fall of 2008.

SENIOR SEASON (2008-09)
Enjoyed a steady senior campaign in breaststroke and individual medley events … Competed in 10 dual meets, the Art Adamson Invitational and the SEC Championships … Placed 21st in the 100-yard breaststroke at SEC’s with a personal best of 1:03.14 … That mark ranks fifth all-time at LSU … Also recorded a time of 2:04.92 in the 200 IM at the conference meet … Delivered a victory in the 200 breast (2:20.77) versus No. 8 Texas A&M … Posted a runner-up finish in the 200 breast in a win against Alabama … Took second in the 200 IM against Arkansas, reaching the wall in 2:05.99 … Also recorded her fastest time of the season in the 200 breast against the Razorbacks, 2:19.53 … Registered a runner-up finish in a rare appearance in the 200 freestyle on Senior Day against Delta State … Part of four victorious relay teams during the dual-meet season.

JUNIOR SEASON (2007-08)
Proved to be one of the Lady Tigers’ most versatile swimmers … Pivotal performer in the breaststroke and individual medley events … Swam the second leg of the record-shattering 200 medley relay team at the SEC Championships … The squad recorded a program-best time of 1:40.39 to take sixth at the SEC’s … Qualified for the finals of both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke at the Georgia Tech Invitational …  Captured runner-up honors against Alabama and Vanderbilt in the 200 breaststroke with a team-best time of 2:18.72 … Secured first place in the 200 breaststroke versus Houston and Rice … Notched a victory in a rare appearance in the 50 free against Delta State … Won the 200 breaststroke (2:21.48) and placed second in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM at South Carolina … Registered a career-best clocking of 2:04.71 in the 200 IM versus Georgia … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Earned her second varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07)
Made an immediate impact in breaststroke events and was a part of the Lady Tigers’ medley relays … Competed in every dual meet, the SEC Championships, the SMU Classic and the Last Chance Bulldog Invitational … Held LSU’s second-fastest times of the year in the 100 and 200 breaststroke with marks of 1:04.55 and 2:19.21, respectively … Both times placed in the school’s all-time top 10 … LSU’s highest finisher in the 100 breaststroke at SEC’s, posting the eighth-fastest time in school history to place 15th (1:04.55) … Finished 16th in the 200 breaststroke prelims at SEC’s with the ninth-best time in school history (1:04.55) … Held the second-best time of the season in the 400 individual medley (4:35.13) … Recorded one individual victory in dual-meet competition versus Delta State … Earned her first varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06 AT TULANE)
A standout breaststroker and individual medalist at Tulane who helped lead the Green Wave to a fifth-place finish at the Conference USA Championships … Transfers to LSU with three more years of eligibility … Shattered the school record in the 200 IM prelims at the C-USA Championships (2:05.09) and qualified for the U.S. Open …  Also broke the school record in the 200 breaststroke, finishing fourth at the C-USA meet with a U.S. Open qualifying time of 2:18.90 … Took fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a U.S. Open qualifying time of 1:03.63 … Swept both breaststroke events in a dual meet against Rice on Nov. 12 and versus Texas A&M on Jan. 20 … Senior National qualifier for the 200 and 400 free relays.

PRIOR TO LSU
One of the top high school student-athletes in the state as a standout at Vanderbilt Catholic High School … Won state titles in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley all four years of high school and set school records in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyles, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 200 and 400 free relays, and 200 medley relay … Earned All-America honors in the 100 breaststroke in each of her final three seasons … Also was an All-American in the 200 IM as a junior … Prominent club swimmer for the Bayou Barracudas where she was a state champion four times and a Junior National qualifier on three occasions … Maintained a 4.0 grade point average and served as class president as a sophomore and senior … A state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award and a member of the National Honor Society.

PERSONAL
Born June 24, 1987 … Parents are Kenneth and Frances Givens … Has one younger sister, Olivia … Majoring in biological sciences.

VICTORIA’S TOP TIMES
100 breaststroke  1:03.14  2009 SEC Championships
200 breaststroke  2:18.72  2007 at Alabama, Vanderbilt
200 individual medley 2:04.71  2007 vs. Georgia
400 individual medley  4:32.55  2008 at Houston, Rice

 

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