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Dec. 11, 2004

Columbia, S.C. – The University of South Carolina men’s and women’s swimming teams continued its success in the second day of the Carolina Classic at the Carolina Natatorium. Highlighting the evening for USC was a trio of first place finishes for the men’s squad and one first place finish on the women’s side. For the Carolina men, junior Reid Duff finished in first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:41.54 junior Justin Kata took home the top spot in the 200 breaststroke at 2:06.92 and junior Mike Farrington won the 400 IM. Taking home first place for the USC women was freshman Christy Williams in the 100 butterfly at 56.47.

Several other Gamecocks also had strong showings on the second day of the Carolina Classic South Carolina men’s performances included freshman Kyle Cormier, who finished right behind Duff in the 200 freestyle with a second place finish at 1:43.92. Freshman Kevin Cargill was second in the 100 backstroke at 52.37. Freshman Dan White took third place for the men’s team in the 200 breaststroke at 2:09.48 and junior Tim Farrington was fifth at 2:10.32. The USC men’s team also qualified five swimmers in the finals of tomorrow’s 50 freestyle (Duff, Kata, Colby Mack, White, Michael Burke).

For the USC women, freshman Heather Roffey was right behind Williams in the 100 butterfly at 57.25 with senior Carolynn McHugh in fourth place (57.27), and sophomore Kendel Fiorentino in fifth (58.71). Sophomore Aunya Nance also was second place in the 200 breaststroke at 2:23.39. Freshman Mandee Cregar placed fourth in the 400 individual medley (4:35.92). Carolina also went 4-5-6 in the 200 freestyle finals (Lauren Fayssoux, 1:54.06; Christy Williams, 1:54.20; Stephanie Margalis, 1:56.57). The Gamecock women also qualified four swimmers for tomorrow night’s 50 freestyle championship final (McHugh, Nance, Alyssa Cady, Margalis).

Hosted by the “Team Carolina swim program”, the meet began at Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. USC, Team Carolina and swim clubs from across the nation will compete in 15 different events over the next three days. All live results are available at on both the men’s and women’s swimming pages on the right-hand side.