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Dec. 12, 2003


Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina’s men’s and women’s swimming teams opened up the first day of the Carolina Classic with several top performances on both sides. Highlighting the evening for Carolina was the preliminary competition in the 50 meter freestyle. The Gamecocks qualified six men’s swimmers and five women’s swimmers for the semi-finals tomorrow evening.

On the men’s side, senior Ed Murphy led the way with a second place finish and a time of 23.80, good enough to also qualify for the US Senior Nationals. Reid Duff placed fourth (24.60), Colby Mack took fifth place (24.90), Josh Parkin was sixth (24.94), Matt Burkhard placed seventh (25.02) and Adam Bastak was ninth (25.17). On the women’s side, senior Ashleigh Bastak won the heat with a time of 27.03, a qualifying time for the US Senior Nationals. Also making the semifinals was Carolynn McHugh (third; 27.28), Aunya Nance (fourth; 27.91), Kaelon May (eighth; 28.80) and Bennett Andrews (ninth; 28.82).

In other events on the first day, McHugh also competed in the 200 meter individual medley final and placed third with a time of 2:28.51. Also competing in the 200 IM with McHugh was freshman Kendel Fiorentino, who finished seventh with a time of 2:30.56. The men’s indvidual medley featured sophomore Justin Kata, who placed eighth (2:18.46) and freshman Sean Condon, who earned 10th place (2:19.67).

Carolina also competed in the final event of the night, the 400 meter freestyle. Freshman Meredith Ruka led the with with a sixth place finish (4:35.72) on the women’s side with Colby Mack placing fourth (4:09.02) on the men’s side.

Day two of the first annual Carolina Classic begins on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Carolina Natatorium.

Saturday December 13

9 a.m. 200 Freestyle Prelims 100 Backstroke Prelims 200 Breaststroke Prelims 100 Butterfly Prelims 400 IM Prelims

6 p.m. 200 Freestyle Finals 100 Backstroke Finals 200 Breaststroke Finals 50 Freestyle Semi-Finals 100 Butterfly Finals 400 IM Finals 200 Freestyle Relay

Sunday December 14

9 a.m. 100 Breaststroke Prelims 200 Butterfly Prelims 100 Freestyle Prelims 200 Backstroke Prelims Women’s 800 Freestyle Prelims Men’s 1500 Freestyle Prelims

6 p.m. Women’s 800 Freestyle Finals Men’s 1500 Freestyle Finals 50 Freestyle Finals 100 Breaststroke Finals 200 Butterfly Finals 100 Freestyle Finals 200 Backstroke Finals 200 Medley Relay