BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, September 13. THE 2005-06 LSU swimming and diving schedule has been finalized. Headlining the list of opponents are Auburn, Florida and Texas A&M. All three of the teams visit Baton Rouge in home meets against the Tigers at the LSU Natatorium.
"It's definitely a strong schedule, and we are fortunate to have those top programs coming to our pool," said Schmitt. "For our athletes to be able to compete against them at home and having our fans come out and support us is going to be a great opportunity for them to see who they need to compete against in February at the SEC Championships."
The squad will hold the annual Purple and Gold Intrasquad on Oct. 14, before Auburn visits the Natatorium in the season opener a week later on Oct. 21. The LSU-Auburn matchup is being billed as "Alumni Weekend" where several former LSU swimmers will be in attendance.
On Oct. 28, the Tigers make their first road trip, traveling to Florida State for a 3 p.m. meet at the Seminoles' Bobby E. Leach Recreation Center. The LSU women also face off against Florida International on Oct. 28.
The annual Texas A&M Invitational highlights the month of November in a three-day event, Nov. 17-20. After Christmas break, diving coach Doug Shaffer and the LSU divers look to continue their success at the Georgia Invitational, Jan. 6-8, in Athens, Ga.
The full squad resumes the New Year with a double-dual meet on the road at Alabama and Kentucky on Jan. 7. On Thursday, Jan. 12, national powerhouse Florida takes on the Tigers at the LSU Natatorium.
Non-conference meets at Houston, Rice and Delta State provide tuneups for the final stretch of the season and on into the conference championships. Home meets against Texas A&M and Tulane (women) on Jan. 21 and Feb. 3, respectively, close out the Tigers' regular season schedule.
Tennessee plays host to the SEC Championships this season, Feb. 15-18, at the Student Aquatic Center. A month later, the NCAA Championships take center stage as the women look to build on their showing a year ago. Familiar SEC foe Georgia serves as the championship site for the women, March 16-18. Georgia Tech hosts the Men's NCAA Championships, March 23-25.