BATON ROUGE, La. --- The No. 18 Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team will take on the No. 21 LSU Tigers in a 12 noon dual meet on Saturday at the LSU Natatorium.
“Texas A&M has a history of great dual meets with LSU,” fourth-year Aggie head coach Jay Holmes said. “Our team looks forward to swimming against LSU every year.”
Saturday’s showdown will marks the 26th renewal of the long series with the Tigers, which has been contested every season since 1992-93. The Aggies won last year’s meeting in College Station by 159-141 score by virtue of a victory in the final race of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay.
The Aggies take a 2-3 dual meet record into the LSU contest after falling to five-time defending NCAA Champion Auburn last Saturday in College Station. The Tigers are 5-3 after falling to No. 5 Florida, 132-109, in Gainesville, Fla., last Saturday.
“LSU’s frontline talent and our frontline talent match up pretty well,” Holmes said. “They are very strong in the distance races and diving, so we will have our work cut out for us.”
Last weekend against No. 8 Auburn, the Aggies posted a trio of victories, two by individuals and one relay win. Posting individual wins for the Aggies were sophomore Israel Duran in the 200-yard butterfly (1:47.93) and senior Ozzie Gardner in the 100 freestyle (45.08). The foursome of Gardner, Casey Strange, Brad Raiford and Luke Chambless closed out the meet with a win in the 200 freestyle relay (1:21.24).