BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, January 29. THE No. 23 LSU women's swimming and diving team (13-4) posted a weekend sweep of Houston, Rice and Tulane Saturday in the LSU Natatorium to close the dual-meet season with 13 victories, most in program history.
With wins in five of eight events on Day 2, the Lady Tigers prevailed over Houston, 212-135, while defeating Rice and Tulane by scores of 226-107 and 268-73, respectively.
"I think yesterday we came in a little sluggish, but we also had a morning practice and a full day of school," co-head coach David Geyer said. "I sort of expected that, but the women came in today with a much brighter outlook, really went after those first relays and started off the day on a much better note, which we needed to do heading into the conference meet."
The Lady Tigers once again started and finished the session strong with victories in the 400-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.
The 400 medley group of Jana Ruimerman, Torrey Bussey, Jane Trepp and Samantha Goates raced to a winning mark of 3 minutes, 49.43 seconds, while the 200 free foursome of Trepp, Rainey White, Kannon Betzen and Samantha Goates delivered a 1:34.47 clocking in the final event.
Ruimerman came away with the top time in the 200 backstroke (2:02.55) to finish off a weekend sweep of the backstroke races. Fellow sophomore Sara Haley touched in a season-best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 1:59.66 to earn first-place in the 200 butterfly.
Senior Kannon Betzen enjoyed a fine day with a victory and personal best of 50.75 in the 100 free.
The Lady Tigers also received runner-up finishes from senior Brooke Barnett (500 free) and freshmen Torrey Bussey (100 breast), Cari Blalock (400 individual medley) and Emily Weaner (200 fly).
Both LSU teams will now begin preparation for the 2011 SEC Championships, which will take place in Gainesville, Fla., at the University of Florida's O'Connell Center Natatorium in mid-February. The diving championships will be held from Feb. 11-13, while the swimming championships will follow from Feb. 16-19.
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