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Jan. 10, 2004


Lexington, Ky. – The South Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were defeated by Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at the Lancaster Aquatic Center. The women’s squad was defeated 128-115 while the men’s team fell 131-108.

Carolina had several first place finishes despite the loss with junior diver Dean Emmerton leading the way. Emmerton won both the one-meter (279.45) and three-meter (267.37) diving competitions. Also winning two individual events for the men’s squad was senior swimmer Istvan Bathazi, who won both the 400 individual medley (4:01.01) and the 200 breaststroke (2:05.47).

The women’s team won five individual events and both the 200 medley relay (1:47.68) and 200 freestyle relay (1:35.05). Senior Jennifer VanAssen, holder of the nation’s top time in the 200 freestyle, continued her success with another first place finish in the event. VanAssen took first place with a time of 1:52.47. South Carolina also went 1-2 in both the women’s 50 and 100 freestyle. Senior Ashleigh Bastak (23.99) and junior Carolynn McHugh (24.31) took first and second in the 50 freestyle with Heather Skaggs (52.18) and Haley Skaggs (52.63) leading the way in the 100 freestyle. Senior Bronywn Dedekind was a first place winner in the 200 butterfly (2:09.74) with junior diver Holly Hodges taking the top spot in the one-meter diving competition (286.20).

Saturday’s meet was also a homecoming for USC freshman diver Lyndsey Havens, who is from Lexington, Ky. Havens took fifth place on the three-meter (244.20) and sixth on the one-meter board (226.80).

The South Carolina men’s squad and several Gamecock divers return to competition next weekend. Members of the USC diving team: senior Andy Bradley, junior Allison Brennan and Hodges will compete next weekend at the World Cup in Huntersville, N.C. beginning on Thursday, January 15. The South Carolina men’s team will compete next weekend at the Dallas Morning News Classic on the campus of Southern Methodist University beginning on Friday, January 16