Tigers’ Brown takes gold medal in discus

LSU’s Rodney Brown unleashed a meet-record throw of 207 feet, 9 inches in the discus to win the gold medal Friday at the North American, Central American & Caribbean Championships being held in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Brown outclassed the field with his performance as he won the NACAC Championships gold medal by nearly 20 feet over his nearest competitor .

In other NACAC U-23 action, LSU sprinter Vernon Norwood cruised into the final of the men’s 400-meter dash with a strong run in Friday’s qualifying action at the Championships as he ran a time of 45.65 seconds.

Tulane volleyball team opens practice

Coming off a season that saw the Tulane post the biggest turnaround in the nation Tulane’s volleyball team opened preseason practice with a pair of sessions Saturday at the Hertz Center.

After going 28-4 overall, finishing second in the regular-season Conference USA standings with a 12-2 league record and advancing to the C-USA Championship title match a year ago, the Green Wave return three starters among seven letterwinners in 2014 with the goal of showing continued improvement as Tulane makes the move to the American Athletic Conference.

Headlining the list of veterans are seniors Olivia Utt, Grace Weaver and Olivia Utt.

LSU volleyball teams begins practicing

The LSU volleyball team opened preseason camp Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

“After talking much of the offseason about what we wanted to accomplish this year, I think the team came out focused for these first two practices and really wanted to set the tone early,” coach Fran Flory said. “We have an opportunity to build on what we did last year, and the positive way the team approached their conditioning and training in the offseason will only help us get better going forward.”

With such a large group returning to the team this season, the Tigers will look to recapture the mojo that had the team make the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 2010 season.

The mix of veteran leadership will come from all over, beginning with returning All-American candidate Briana Holman. Other returnees include Cati Leak, Malorie Pardo, Katie Lindelow, Haley Smith and Helen Boyle.

LSU swimmers register places at nationals

IRVINE, Calif. — The three Lady Tigers who qualified for NCAA Championships this past season shined on day three of the Phillips 66 National Championships on Friday.

Senior Amber Carter took first in the ‘B’ final of the 100 fly with a time of 59.58. It was the eighth fastest time overall.

Sophomore Kara Kopcso won the ‘C’ final of the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.92.

Junior Caley Oquist finished third in the ‘B’ final of the 50 backstroke in 29.26.

Kopcso also finished second in the ‘C’ final of the 200 fly.

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