BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, May 21. THE LSU swimming and diving team has received National Letters of Intent from three high school prospects while adding two Tulane transfers to the upcoming 2006-07 squad, head coach Adam Schmitt announced.
Two men's signees come to LSU after recently completing stellar high school careers in Louisiana. Andrew Reynolds, a native of Lafayette, was a standout backstroke and butterfly swimmer at Episcopal School of Acadia and the City of Lafayette Swim Club.
"We are very excited about this class, and we feel it will continue to enhance the positive direction of the program," said Schmitt. "We have addressed our needs and look forward to seeing these athletes compete at LSU."
Reynolds captured the Division IV state championship in the 100 back and was the state runner-up in the 100 fly.
Luc Rykosky, a native of Metairie, prepped at East Jefferson High School and was a member of the Crescent City Swim Club. Rykosky was crowned state champion in two events last season, posting the best Division II times in the 200 and 500 freestyle.
Freestyle swimmer Sean LeNeave of Conroe, Texas rounds out the list of men's signees. LeNeave captured third place in the 500 free at the Texas 5A state championships and placed second in the 200 free, while lettering at Conroe High School. LeNeave was also a participant for The Woodlands Swim Club.
LeNeave, Reynolds and Rykosky join Will Rivers of Elgin, Texas, Nate Telep of Chandler, Ariz. and Christopher Lubeneau of Leipzig, Germany, who all signed with the Tigers last month.
Schmitt announced the additions of Tulane transfers Victoria Givens and Sarah Dicharry. Givens, a native of Houma, La., helped the Green Wave to a fifth-place team finish at the Conference USA Championships with a school-record swim in the 200 breaststroke. Givens recorded a clocking of 2:18.90 in the finals of that race to finish fourth, and she was a member of the fourth-place 400 free relay team.
Dicharry lettered one season at Tulane as a freestyle and individual medley swimmer after enjoying a solid career at St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge. Dicharry was a club swimmer for Crawfish Aquatics under head coach Jimmy Roberts.
The two will be eligible to compete for LSU in the fall, joining incoming freshmen Signe Larson and Rachel Ware. Larson, a native of Portland, Ore., was a breaststroker at Central Catholic High School. Ware was a two-time state diving champion at Foster High School in Richmond, Texas.