Courtesy: LSU Athletics
BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU women’s swim team led by the sophomore head coach Rick Bishop kicks off the highly anticipated season against the Vanderbilt Commodores and Tulane Green Wave at the LSU Natatorium on Friday, September 23 at 12pm CT. The LSU meeting on Friday celebrates the 50th anniversary of women’s athletics at the university.
“We are very pleased that Vanderbilt and Tulane are coming to compete at the LSU Natatorium,” said Bishop. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for our women to get up early in the season and face some great competition. Additionally, the opportunity to recognize 50 years of women in athletics is not only a monumental celebration for our women and our sport, but an incredible salute to every woman across the entire athletics landscape.”
LSU takes on the Commodores and Green Wave in the regular season premiere after participating in an intrasquad on Saturday, September 17th. The annual Purple and Gold Intrasquad featured incredible competition, with Gold sealing victory over Purple by a narrow 261-260 score.
This year’s women’s roster adds some impressive swimmers, including Olympic champions Maggie McNeil. MacNeil, who has dominated the swim scene since her days at the University of Michigan under Bishop. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she won gold in the 100 fly with a time of 55.59.
Most recently, MacNeil competed at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, where she broke the competition record in the 100 fly with a time of 56.36. With international records to her name, she hopes to get her name in the LSU record books when Friday’s meeting comes around.
In addition to MacNeil, LSU added Jade Hannah, a highly acclaimed transfer from the University of Southern California. Before joining her previous school, Hannah won the FINA World Championships in the 100 and 200 backstroke and is poised to bring incredible depth to the backstroke events at LSU.
A couple of new LSU record holders and SEC scorers also return to the pool for purple and gold. Jenna Bridges, who had an impressive freshman season, seems to be building on their success. During the 2021 season, Bridges amassed a school record in the 500 free which stands at 4:43.87.
Katarina Milutinovich, a women’s swim team veteran returning from a trip to the NCAA championships, has higher ambitions this season. Prior to competing in the freestyle events at McAuley Aquatic Center, she competed against her conference opponents and achieved a top-12 finish in every event she competed in at the SEC Championships.
The Friday afternoon meeting will not include a diving portion. For live stats for the swim events, visit MeetMobile.
The men’s team and jumpers will join the women’s swim team on October 8 at 9:00 pm CT in the Tigers’ first doubles meet against South Carolina.
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