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Nov. 29, 2001

The South Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams dominated the Clemson Tigers, Friday evening at the Carolina Natatorium. The men’s squad (5-1) earned a 144-98 victory and the women’s squad (4-2) wound up with a 160-83 win.

“It is nice to come out on top this year against Clemson,” said USC Head Coach Don Gibb. “I think our team is learning how to compete at a high level and we have been finishing with some very competitive times.”

For the Lady Gamecocks, freshmen Capi Adams earned two first place finishes and also reached the NCAA “B” Qualifying Standard. Adams won the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.53 and the 200 breast with a time of 2:17.56. Also placing first for USC on the women’s side was sophomore Anna Nyiry (200 fly, 2:00.87, 50 free, 23.35), junior Bronwyn Dedekind (1000 free, 10:07.28, 500 free, 4:56.11), freshman Heather Skaggs (100 free, 51.52, 200 free, 23.35) and junior Kristen Butler (200 back, 2:03.55). In diving, the Carolina women placed in the top three in both the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions. Sophomore Holly Hodges earned two first place finishes, while freshmen Allison Brennan and Tracey Richardson each finished second on one board. Brennan earned second place on the three-meter and Richardson finished second on the one-meter.

On the men’s side, senior Zsolt Gaspar continued his hot start to the season with wins in the 200 fly (1:46.21) and 50 freestyle (19.78). Gaspar’s time of 19.78 is the top time in the nation as of Nov. 16. Gaspar also reached the NCAA “B” qualifying standard. Sophomre Tamas Szucs continued his success in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Szucs hit an NCAA Qualifying Standard in the 200 free with a time of 1:37.91. Sophomores Istvan Bathazi (1000 free, 9:26.71, 200 IM, 1:50.16) and Chris McCrary (100 free, 46.14) also took home individual wins for the Gamecocks. Senior All-American diver Brandon Hulko won both the one-meter (339.97) and three-meter (351.90) events.

The Gamecocks will take a week off before next competing at the Davidson Invitational from Nov. 30- Dec. 1.