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Dec. 1, 2001

The South Carolina men’s and women’s swimming both earned first place at the Davidson Invitational, Saturday evening. The South Carolina men’s squad defeated Davidson 236-75, and UNC Wilmington 192-153. The South Carolina women’s squad defeated Davidson 244-96, UNC Wilmington, 230-116 and Gardner Webb 263-79.

In second day action on the men’s side, the Gamecocks won seven different events as well as two relays. Freshmen diver Dean Emmerton claimed his first first-place finishes at Carolina on both the three-meter boards (373.50) and one-meter boards (289.30). Senior Zsolt Gaspar continued his success winning both the 100 yard freestyle (44.65) and the 100 butterfly (48.28). Also winning events for USC was sophomore Istvan Bathazi (400 IM, 3:57.60), junior Lir Derieg (200 back, 1:52.26) and sophomore Tamas Szucs (500 free, 4:34.68).

For the South Carolina women’s team, sophomore Anna Nyiry also won both the 100 freestyle (53.04) and 100 butterfly (54.92). Junior Kristen Butler won her second consecutive backstroke event in as many days in the 200 back with a time of 2:07.67. Freshman Capi Adams also added two more wins in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.96) and 400 IM (4:24.41). Bronwyn Dedkind also won the 500 freestyle. The Gamecocks also won the three-meter diving competition, as freshman Tamra Baker won her first competition as a Gamecock with a score of 278.20.

The South Carolina diving team will return to action next weekend from Dec. 7-9 at the Kentucky Diving Invitational.