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Dec. 10, 2004

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina men’s and women’s swimming teams opened up the first day of competition at the Carolina Classic on Friday evening at the Carolina Natatorium. Highlighting the first day for Carolina was freshman Kyle Cormier, who recorded a first place finish in the 200 individual medley. Cormier finished in a USC season best time of 1:57.77.

The Gamecocks also qualified several swimmers for the semifinals of the 50 freestyle. Senior Carolynn McHugh (4th, 24.45), freshman Kelly Giese (5th, 24.62), sophomore Aunya Nance (7th, 24.81) sophomore Stephanie Margalis (8th, 25.15) and freshman Alyssa Cady (8th, 25.15) all qualified for tomorrow’s semifinals on the women’s side.

On the men’s side the following swimmers will swim tomorrow: Reid Duff (1st, 21.58), Justin Kata (2nd, 21.91), Colby Mack (3rd, 21.98), Evan Duffin-Barnes (7th, 22.33), Dan White (9th, 22.35), Michael Burke (10th, 22.42) and Kevin Cargill (16th, 22.76).

Competition continues tomorrow beginning with the preliminaries at 9 a.m. at the Carolina Natatorium. The Saturday finals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The events for tomorrow are: 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 400 individual medley.

All live results are available on both the men’s and women’s swimming pages at Click on the link available on the right-hand side.