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Nov. 7, 2003

Baton Rouge, LA – The South Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated the LSU Tigers on Friday. The men’s team defeated the Tigers 144-96 while the women defeated LSU 133-110.

The women had a very strong outing with many top finishes. Ashleigh Bastak took home first in the 50-yard freestyle (24.09) and second in the 100-yard freestyle (52.52). Haley Skaggs finished first in the 100-yard freestyle (52.43)and took home second in both the 50-yard freestyle (24.15) and the 100-yard backstroke (57.46). Jennifer Van Assen won both the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.89) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.41). The Gamecocks also finished in the top three positions in the 1650-yard freestyle with Meredith Kuka (17:21.61), Kealon May (17:29.12), and Bronwyn Dadekind (17:35.87) leading the way. Carolynn McHugh finished first in the 100-yard butterfly (57.34) with Kendel Florentino placing second (58.02). The women’s 200-yard freestyle relay (Ashleigh Bastak, Jennifer Van Assen, Carolynn McHugh, Heather Skaggs) placed first. The women’s divers also had a good outing with Allison Brennan taking first in the 1-meter diving and second in the 3-meter. Holly Hodges finished first in the 3-meter and second in the 1-meter.

It was a good outing for the men as well. Tamas Szucs took home first in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.10) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:32.62). The Gamecocks had many second place finishes with Tim Farrington in the in the 1650-yard freestyle (15:58.97), Lir Derig in the 100-yard backstroke (53.10), and Istvan Bathazi in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.10). In the 100-yard IM, Carolina swept the top three postitions with Istvan Bathazi (4:03.54)coming in first and Brandon Busleep (4:05.96), and Mike Farrington (4:07.18) following. The men’s 200-yard medley relay placed first (Lir Derig,, Brandon Busleep, Joshua Parkin, Tamas Szucs). Andy Bradley finished first in both the 1-meter diving (366.22) and the 3-meter (353.55). Dean Emmerton finished second in both the 1-meter (286.27) and the 3-meter (320.70).

The Gamecocks return to the pool next Friday hosting the Florida Gators. Carolina is now 2-2 in dual meet action this year.