POSTED: Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 7:48pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:57pm
Heading into the 2009 SEC Championships, LSU's Jane Trepp had already earned the distinction as the program's fastest 100-yard breaststroker. Following Thursday's action in Auburn, Alabama, the sophomore can also claim to be the quickest freestyle sprinter in school history.
After reaching the consolation final of the 50-yard freestyle with a preliminary time of 22.71 seconds, Trepp shattered teammate Katie Gilmore's program record in the freestyle sprint with a blistering NCAA 'B' cut time of 22.49. That mark earned her runner-up honors in the consolation final (10th overall) and ranks as one of the top-25 fastest times in the country this season.
In addition, the Estonian also spearheaded the Lady Tigers 200 freestyle relay team to a school-record finish, recording a lead-off split of 22.61 before teammates Gilmore, Monica McJunkin and Katherine Noland wrapped up a 'B' cut time of 1:29.54 to seize fifth.
Trepp's record-setting performance along with senior diver Niko Dalman's second straight finals appearance and fellow senior Brandon Selts' top-12 finish in the 50 free highlighted LSU's efforts on the second day of the conference meet.
"We broke two more school records on the women's side and performed much better in the night session," LSU head coach Adam Schmitt said. "We still have a lot of work to do, but I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's action. We have the potential for some strong performances on both teams, so it should be exciting."
Following a qualifying mark of 377.60 in the men's three-meter prelims, Dalman scored 390.20 points, less than two points off his school-record mark, in the final round to secure a sixth-place finish and tally 13 points for the Tigers.
Selts swam a time of 19.82 in the men's 50-free prelims to notch 10th and followed that effort with a mark of 19.90 to capture third in the consolation final and 11th-place overall.
In addition to Dalman, freshman diver Matt Vieke also scored points for his team for the second consecutive session. A product of Indianapolis, Ind., Vieke contributed a 10th-place finish in the men's three-meter with a mark of 329.05.
Furthermore, several Lady Tigers earned top-10 all-time school marks in the women's prelims. Senior Vanessa Duenas secured the second-fastest time in school history in the 200 individual medley, registering a time of 2:01.79. Moreover, sophomore Kannon Betzen improved her personal best in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.71, which is the fourth-best all-time at LSU.
Junior Lauren Grandy delivered the third-fastest 500-free time in school history with a personal best of 4:50.41 to take 17th. Additionally, McJunkin claimed the program's third-best time in the 50 free with her prelim mark of 23.00 to finish 19th. Gilmore followed right behind her teammate in 20th with a time of 23.01.
On the men's side, seniors Christoph Lubenau and Roy Chambers and sophomores James Meyers and Eric Zeller all swam under 21 seconds in the 50 free. Lubenau and Chambers seized personal bests of 20.20 and 20.48, respectively, while Meyers finished with a career best of 20.31. Zeller posted a time of 20.77.
Sophomore Clint Hallum emerged as the Tigers' highest finisher in the 500 free, swimming a time of 4:27.31 to place 18th. Fellow sophomore Luis Gonzalez recorded a time of 4:30.80, and junior Sean LeNeave touched the wall in 4:31.55.
In addition, senior Julius Gloeckner took 24th in the 200 IM, and Lady Tigers' diver Katie Lybbert placed 24th in the women's one-meter springboard.
Friday's action will include the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, women's platform diving and 400 medley relay. The meet will begin at 10 a.m. (CST) with the prelims, and the finals will follow at 6 p.m.