LSU Gold

Craig Hamilton Season 2009-10

Distance Freestyle
Edinburgh, Scotland
High School
George Watson?s College

NCAA First-Team All-American
Two-time NCAA Honorable Mention All-American
LSU Record-holder in the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle
Three-time NCAA Qualifier
2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2009 FINA World Championships Participant

Departs LSU as the premiere distance swimmer in the history of LSU Swimming after breaking the program record in the mile 10 separate times in his career … Became LSU’s first NCAA First-Team All-American in the mile and the first Tiger to pick up this honor since 2006 after swimming to seventh in the event at the NCAA Championships with a mark of 14:49.12 … Captured his heat and placed fourth overall in the mile with a time of 14:53.10 at the SEC Championships … Part of LSU’s fastest all-time 800 freestyle relay squad after the quartet of Frank Greeff, Hamilton, Dillon Love and Nick Kunkel posted a time of 6:25.67 and picked up an automatic NCAA qualifying mark …. Finished sixth in the 500 free (4:19.57) at SEC’s … Cranked out LSU’s fourth fastest all-time 200 free swim of 1:36.59 in a 12th place finish at the SEC Championships … Swam to 27th in the 500 free at NCAA’s with a time of 4:19.82 … Earned an NCAA ‘B’ cut in the mile with a time of 15:11.87 in a victory over Kentucky … Also registered an NCAA provisional cut with a victory in the 500 freestyle (4:22.77) at the Phil Hansel midseason meet … Notched a first place finish in the 200 free (1:38.14) at the midseason meet … Captured the mile crown with a mark of 15:14.67 at the Phil Hansel Invite … Won the 1000 free (9:20.89) in a dual with Texas A&M … Picked up a pair of first place swims in the 1000 free (9:31.16) and in the 500 free (4:36.20) in a road win over SMU … In addition to his mile victory against the Wildcats, Hamilton also won the 500 free (4:33.26) against Kentucky during men’s senior day … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Picked up his fourth varsity letter.

Established himself as one of the nation’s top distance swimmers by dropping his mile time by over 15 seconds … Reset LSU’s record in the 500 free, 1000 free and 1650 free at the NCAA Championships … Finished 10th at the NCAA National Championships in the 1650 free (14:45.94) … Earned a bronze medal in the 1650 free (14:58.11) at the SEC Championships … Swam a 500 free mark of 4:19.12 in a 22nd place finish at NCAA’s … Posted a sixth place finish in the 500 free (4:22.01) at SEC’s … Derived his program best 1000 free time of 8:57.90 from his mile swim at the national championships … Aside from postseason swims, competed at the Tennessee Invitational and every dual meet … Took silver in the 1650 free (15:16.80) after swimming the 1500-meter free in the morning long course session at the Tennessee Invitational … Notched his career best 200 free mark of 1:38.85 in the 800 free relay at the conference meet … Swept the distance events against Texas A&M … Touched the wall first in the 1000 free against Florida … Earned his third varsity letter.

LSU’s best distance swimmer who emerged as one of the top underclassmen milers in the country … Earned his first career All-America honors with an honorable mention finish in the 1650 free at the NCAA Championships … Also set three new program records … Raced to 15th in the 1650 free at NCAA’s with a new school record of 15:02.32 and placed 35th in the 500 free (4:23.14) … Qualified for the national meet with a then-school-record clocking of 15:02.64 at the Bulldog Invitational while also improving his record mark in the 1000 free (9:06.59) … Swam to ninth in the mile race at SEC’s (15:14.96) and claimed 12th in the 500 free with a program record of 4:22.17 … Also competed in the 200 free at SEC’s and swam the second leg of LSU’s eighth-place 800 free relay … Swept the 200, 500 and 1650 free at the Cougar Classic Invite and recorded a personal best of 1:39.52 in the 200 free … Delivered a sweep of the distance free events at nationally-ranked Auburn and in a home victory over Incarnate Word … Topped the field in the 500 free at the Florida Atlantic Invite … Won the 200 free in a win over American … Took runner-up honors in the 500 free in a road win at Alabama and in the mile versus nationally-ranked Florida … Received his second varsity letter.

One of LSU’s top freshman performers who shattered two school records … Also qualified for the NCAA Championships … Competed in every dual meet, Houston’s Cougar Classic Fall Invitational, SEC Championships and NCAA’s … Raced in the 1650 and 500 free at NCAA’s … Broke school records in the 1000 free (9:10.82) and 1650 free (15:08.28) to take sixth in the mile race at SEC’s … Posted a 16th-place finish in the 500 free (4:25.88) after advancing with an NCAA provisional mark of 4:25.34, third in school history … Also placed 34th in the 200 free … Emerged victorious in the 1650 free at the Cougar Classic (15:29.79) and captured runner-up finishes in the 200 and 500 free … Named SEC Freshman of the Week after sweeping the 500 and 1000 free against defending national champion Auburn … Delivered victories in the 500 and 1000 free versus nationally-ranked Tennessee … Claimed the win in both the 500 and 1000 free against Florida State … Also took first-place in the 1000 free on the road at UNO and Florida Atlantic and at home versus UNO … Finished second in the 1000 free against Alabama and Texas A&M … Earned his first varsity letter.

Proved to be one of the premier, young distance freestyle swimmers in all of Europe … One of seven swimmers to earn a spot on the prestigious British Gas Open Water team, which competed at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome … Placed 34th in the 10K race at that competition … Also a two-time gold medalist at the 2008 UK School Games and a member of the Scottish Senior squad … Boasts top times of 1:53.18, 3:56.51 and 15:37.07 in the 200m, 400m and 1500m free, respectively … His time in the 1500m free is the eighth-fastest time for his age group in Europe for the 2009 competition season … Ranked No. 40 overall in the recruit rankings of 2009.

Born Dec. 11, 1991 in Edinburgh, Scotland … Parents are Douglas and Elaine Hamilton … Majoring in management.

200 freestyle, 1:36.59, 2013 SEC Championships
500 freestyle, 4:19.12*, 2012 NCAA Championships
1000 freestyle, 8:57.90*, 2012 NCAA Championships
1650 freestyle, 14:45.14*, 2012 NCAA Championships
* – program record

200 freestyle, 1:36.59, SEC Championships
500 freestyle, 4:19.57, SEC Championships
1650 freestyle, 14:49.12, NCAA Championships


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