Jan. 15, 2005
Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving team split on Saturday afternoon with Kentucky in dual meet action on Senior Day at the Carolina Natatorium. The USC women’s squad earned a 145-97 win with the men falling to Kentucky 150-93. Senior divers Lauren King and Andy Bradley each won both boards for the Gamecocks with freshman swimmers Dan White and Christy Williams winning two events apiece as well.
“I thought we raced much better then we did last week,” said USC head swimming coach Don Gibb. “Our team is getting back into their routine and back to normal with classes back in session. I thought on Senior Day the divers did a great job and competed well with Lauren and Andy leading the way. Dan White and Tim Farrington had a good day on our men’s side. The Kentucky men’s program is very good and they showed that today. It was a good day for our women’s team, a good confidence builder.”
The women’s divers started off strong going 1-2-3 on the three-meter board. King took home first place with a score of 323.55, junior Tracey Richardson was second at 320.70 and senior Holly Hodges placed third at 271.05. USC had two other events that finished with the Gamecocks in the top three spots. The 200 freestyle saw freshman Lauren Fayssoux finish in first place at 1:52.80, sophomore Stephanie Margalis right behind her at 1:53.59 and freshman Kelli Hobbs taking third at 1:54.29. Margalis and Fayssoux also combined with Mallory Deighan on the 500 freestyle. Margalis went first with a time of 5:02.25 with Deighan at 5:03.75 and Fayssoux with a time of 5:06.19. Williams won both the 200 individual medley (2:04.33) and 100 butterfly (55.83).
Despite a loss, the USC men had a good bit of highlights with seniors Andy Bradley and Dean Emmerton going 1-2 on both the one-meter and three-meter boards. Bradley finished at 364.50 on the one-meter and 331.05 on the three-meter with Emmerton 339.45 on the one-meter and 317.40 on the three-meter. White took home top honors in the 500 freestyle (4:31.76) and 1650 freestyle (15:51.68). Tim Farrington finished right behind White in the 1650 freestyle at 15:57.95.
The USC men’s and women’s teams now take a week off before traveling next week to Alabama on January 29.