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Feb. 21, 2002

The Universityof South Carolina men’sand women’s swimming teams continued competition at the SEC Championships in Thursday’s preliminaries, qualifying several swimmers for the finals and consolation championships for this evening.

Senior All-American Zsolt Gaspar qualified as the top swimmer in the 50 freestyle at 19.54, one hundreth of a second off his time from last year’s SEC Championships. Gaspar also set a new ool Also qualifying in the finals of the 50 freestyle was sophomore Chris McCrary with a career best time of 19.98. Sophomore Ed Murphy qualified in the consolation finals with a time of 20.54.

Sophomore Istvan Bathazi will compete in the finals of the 200 IM after qualifying with a time of 1:47.70, placing fifth in the preliminary competition.

For the Lady Gamecocks, sophomore Anna Nyiry qualified for finals in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.25. Competing for USC in the consolation finals will be freshman Heather Skaggs, who finished with a time of 23.35. On the women’s side freshman Capi Adams just missed a spot in the 200 IM finals, placing ninth in thre prelims with a time of 2:04.61. Joining Adams in the consolation finals is junior Kristen Butler, who placed 15th with a time of 2:05.49.

THURSDAY RESULTS (top eight qualify for finals, 9-16 qualify for consolation finals)

Preliminary Competition Women’s 500 Freestyle
18. Sarah Doyle, Sr., 4:59.60
28. Bronwyn Dedekind, So., 5:04.09
Preliminary Competition Men’s 500 Freestyle
11. Tamas Szucs, So., 4:28.39 (top time this season)
30. Cory Conway, Jr., 4:39.89 (top time this season)
Preliminary Competition Women’s 200 Individual Medley
9. Capi Adams, Fr., 2:04.61
15. Kristen Butler, Jr., 2:05.49
30. Priscilla Humberstone, So., 2:11.62 (top time this season)
Preliminary Competition Men’s 200 Individual Medley
5. Istvan Bathazi, So., 1:47.70
21. Javier Botello, Sr., 1:52.00
Preliminary Competition Women’s 50 Freestyle
7. Anna Nyiry, So., 23.25
10. Heather Skaggs, Fr., 23.35
19. Carolynn McHugh, Fr., 23.70
22. Jennifer VanAssen, Fr., 23.82
23. Amy Vinson, So., 23.83
39. Christina Hong, So., 24.70
43. Sarah Massey, Sr., 24.80
46. Diana Marino, Fr., 26.11
47. Katie Camp, Fr., 26.77
Preliminary Competition Men’s 50 Freestyle
1. Zsolt Gaspar, Sr., 19.54
4. Chris McCrary, So., 19.98
15. Ed Murphy, So., 20.54
35. Joshua Parkin, Fr., 21.39