Dec. 13, 2003
Columbia, S.C. – The second day of the Carolina Classic was another successful day for the South Carolina swimming team, with top place finishers on both the men’s and women’s teams. Leading the way on the men’s side was sophomore Mike Farrington, who earned two first place finishes in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.15) and the 400 individual medley (4:41.22). First place finishers on the women’s side were junior Carolynn McHugh in the 100 butterfly (1:04.19) and freshman Meredith Ruka in the 400 individual medley (5:02.78).
The 100 butterfly on the women’s side featured three Gamecocks in the top three. After McHugh was junior Amy Hartland, who finished in second place (1:06.14) and freshman Kendel Fiorentino, who placed third (1:06.55). Fiorentino also placed second in the 200 breaststroke (2:45.40) with freshman Aunya Nance also competing in the championship final and taking sixth place (2:49.78). The women’s 200 freestyle also featured three Gamecocks in the finals with Bronwyn Dedekind in third place (2:08.24), Kaleon May in fourth place (2:10.09) and Bennett Andrews in fifth (2:12.32).
Right behind Mike Farrington in the 200 breaststroke was sophomore Justin Kata, who took second place with a time of 2:28.71. Mike’s brother, Tim Farrington, placed third in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:48.19. Other finalists for the men’s squad were Reid Duff in the 200 freestyle, with a fifth place finish at a time of 1:58.66. In the 100 butterfly, Lir Derieg placed third (56.78) and Joshua Parkin finished fourth (57.32).
The men’s and women’s teams will close out the Carolina Classic on Sunday with the prelims beginning at 9 a.m. and the finals scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Carolina Natatorium.