Houston — The 20th-ranked LSU men’s swimming and diving men’s team totaled 1047.5 points on the way to winning the three-day Phil Hansel Invitational.
LSU improved to 2-1 in meet action. The No. 19 Lady Tigers (5-1, 2-1 SEC) came in fourth place with 450.5 points, and posted multiple NCAA provisional qualifying times in the process.
Junior diver Daniel Helm won the platform event with a score of 369.90, which is the second best-all for the program. Junior Sean McKinney finished in third with the program’s fifth best all-time score of 313.85.
Swimmer Craig Hamilton won the mile with an NCAA provisional cut time of 15 minutes, 14.67 seconds.
Michael Young won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:46.54. Frank Greeff won the men’s 200 butterfly with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:46.28. Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez (1:59.20) finished first in the 200 breaststroke. Alvarado Jimenez’s mark was an NCAA ‘B’ cut.
On the women’s side, freshman Cassie Weil scored a 263.85 on the platform to finish second.
Senior Sara Haley took third in the 200 fly (1:57.80), which is an NCAA B Cut.
LSU WRAPS UP ROAD SWING AGAINST TENNESSEE: In Knoxville, Tenn., the LSU volleyball team wraps up a four-match road swing when it faces Tennessee at noon Sunday.
Earlier this season, LSU (12-14, 8-10 Southeastern Conference) dropped a five-set decision to Tennessee (20-6, 13-4 SEC) on October 10. The Tigers posted 18 blocks, highlighted by a career-best 10 from Khourtni Fears. Desiree Elliott added 20 kills to go along with eight blocks.
On the back row, libero Meghan Mannari registered 29 digs.
Tennessee notched its eighth five-set victory of the season Friday over Auburn. The Lady Vols are fueled by Kelsey Robinson’s 4.10 kills per set, second in the SEC rankings. From the front line, DeeDee Harrison has registered 95 blocks and her 1.19 blocks per set also are second in the league.
UT’s offense is directed by setter Mary Pollmiller, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year. She has handed out 10.60 assists per set.
“Like Florida, Tennessee is another physical matchup for us,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “This road trip is certainly the most difficult of our season. To end the season, our players have a nice focus and passion.”
CARLETON LEADS LADY TIGERS: Lady Tiger senior Laura Carleton wrapped up the cross country season as an All-South Central Regional selection on the team released this week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Carleton placed fifth at the Commodore Classic, first at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede, first at the LSU Invitational, fourth at the Chile Pepper Festival, 12th at the SEC Championships and 20th at the NCAA South Central Regional.
“THE JOHNNY JONES SHOW” DEBUTS MONDAY ON LSU SPORTS RADIO NETWORK: “The Johnny Jones Show,” presented by Capital One Bank, LSU’s weekly men’s basketball radio show, debuts at 7 p.m. Monday from TJ Ribs on Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge.
The show, featuring LSU coach Johnny Jones, is hosted by former player and current radio analyst Ricky Blanton and can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network on 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.
, the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network around the state or in the Geaux Zone on www.LSUsports.net/live.
Fans can call in and ask Coach Jones a question during the hour-long show at (225) 578-4826 in the Baton Rouge area or toll free (800) 315-8255 nationwide. Special guests and LSU players will be making appearances.
on the show throughout the season.
Fans can also submit questions to Coach Jones through the LSU basketball Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/LSUbasketball. Fans are encouraged to follow Tiger basketball on Twitter at @LSUbasketball.