Samantha Goates, who had trained with TNT from age 11 up until her senior year in high school, is now attending her first year of college at Louisiana State University. LSU began their recruiting efforts of Samantha while she was a Junior in high school. Samantha maintains many of our team records, has established Central California Swimming records and was also a nationally ranked age group swimmer while with TNT. Samantha also became Fresno Bees female Swimmer of the Year during her senior year in high school.
Last week Sam broke LSUs school record in the 200 yard backstroke event while competing at Texas A&M last week. Her time of 1:57.52 currently is an NCAA Division 1 B cut (consideration time), and would have been last years NCAA Division 1 A cut (automatic time). Considering that the NCAA Division 1 long course time standards are considerably faster than the Olympic Trial time standard, this is truly a significant milestone.