LSU Tigers Swimming and Diving men's team kept up displaying improvement during the last two seasons. It finished the 2007 season with a 2-5 dual overall record.
The LSU Tigers became 6th at SEC with 276 points and 28th at NCAA.It also finished the season ranked 23th nationally.In 2008 the team finished the season with a 6-3 overall record.It became 6th at SEC with 322 points and 29 at NCAA, ranked 17th nationally. For the upcoming 2009 season the team returns 16 from the last year's squad.The top returnees of the team are Christoph Lubenau, Julius Gloeckner, Niko Dalman, Hannes Heyl, and Brandon Selts. Under the leadership of the head coach Adam Schmitt,the LSU Tigers looks bright for the next season.
Last Season's Discussion:
LSU Tigers Swimming and Diving Men's Team is the class of the SEC West. Unfortunatly, that statement doesn't say too much as most of the top Southeastern Conference swim teams are in the SEC East.
Still, LSU's men's team is currently ranked 19th nationally. The Lady Tiger swimmers are ranked 26th. So, not bad at all.
Historically LSU Tigers Swimming and Diving has not been a particularly impressive program. In fact, they have only won the SEC Swimming and Diving Championship once - the 1988 Men's team (led by current coach Adam Schmitt).
Last season, the LSU Tigers Men's Swimming and Diving team finished 6th in the SEC Swimming and Diving Championship and 28th nationally in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
2008 LSU Tigers Women's Swimming and Diving
LSU Tigers Women's Swimming and Diving Team showed mediocre performance during the last two seasons .It finished the2007 season with 6-4 dual record and got 6th place at SEC.The team also finished 17th at 2007 NCAA.In 2008 the lady Tigers finished the season with 8-3 dual record and took 6th place with 238 for the 2nd consecutive year. But at NCAA it became 42nd .The LSU Tigers Women's Swimming and Diving Team will set new goals under the head coach Adam Schmitt.
Last Season's Discussion:
LSU's Women's Swimming and Diving team ended 2007 ranked 6th in the Southeastern Conference and 17th nationally. Additionally, the Women's team saw its own Rachel Ware named 2007 SEC Freshman Diver of the Year.
Adam Schmitt has returned to his alma mater as head coach. In his four years as head coach, Schmitt has completely turned Louisiana State University 's Swimming and Diving program around. They are now firmly planted in the national spotlight.
Coach Schmitt was a 10 time All-American and 6 time All-SEC swimmer. Other coaches include Sean Schimmel (Associate Head Coach); David Geyer (Assistant Coach); Matt Leach (Assistant Coach); Anne Shawhan (Assistant Coach); and Doug Shaffer (Diving Coach).
The 2007 - 2008 LSU Tigers Swimming and Diving teams are led by Junior swimmer Julius Gloeckner and Sophomore diver Rachel Ware. LSU also has at least two Olympians on the team. They are: Miko Malberg who will represent Estonia , and Heather Brand who will represent Zimbabwe in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing , China.
LSU Women's Swimming and Diving Team
Most recently, Senior Paige Brown of the LSU Women's diving team won the platform event at the Georgia Diving Invitational. Brown also has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times.
The LSU Natatorium is the Tigers' swimming and diving home since 1985. It has hosted several major national swimming competitions including the 1987 U.S. Diving National Championship.
So, what's our prediction for LSU Swimming and Diving in 2007? We think they'll continue to improve. Look for them to challenge for the SEC championship and end up in the top 15 nationally.
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